Defending Serie A champions Inter welcome Thiago Motta’s Spezia to San Siro midweek in an attempt to close the gap to Napoli and Milan at the top of the table. The Nerazzurri handed the Partenopei their first defeat in the league last week when Simone Inzaghi’s men earned a 3-2 win in Milan, while Spezia suffered a heavy defeat to Atalanta and remain close to the danger zone.
Where and when: San Siro – 1 December, kick-off 17:30
Where you can see Inter vs. Spezia: BT Sport
Last time: Spezia held Inter to a 1-1 draw at the Stadio Alberto Picco in the last meeting between these teams back in April. Diego Farias opened the scoring for the hosts, but Ivan Perisic equalised for the Nerazzurri.
Inter v Spezia Predictions and Preview
Inter earned a huge victory last weekend, as the 3-2 win over Napoli was arguably the Serie A game of the season so far, while the result allowed the Nerazzurri to reduce the gap to the league leaders to only four points. Simone Inzaghi’s men are third with 28 points and can finally build some momentum on Wednesday, after winning only three of their last six league games.
However, spirits will be high as La Beneamata also booked their place in the Champions League knockout stage after earning a crucial 2-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday. The Nerazzurri reached this phase of the competition for the first time since 2012 and have a great chance of winning their third game in a row when they host Spezia.
Inter have four wins and two draws in their six home games in the league, while they are also unbeaten in 23 consecutive Serie A fixtures at San Siro. The Nerazzurri beat Spezia 2-1 in Milan last season with Achraf Hakimi and Romelu Lukaku scoring the goals, while Roberto Piccoli was on target for the Ligurians.
Stefan de Vrij and Alexis Sanchez are the only injury concerns for Inzaghi, who might start Joaquin Correa over Lautaro Martinez as Edin Dzeko’s partner up front. Things should stay unchanged in the middle, as Hakan Calhanoglu, Marcelo Brozovic and Nicolo Barella are expected to keep their places, while some rotation at wing-back is always possible.
Spezia, meanwhile, won only one of their last five meetings and suffered a heavy 5-2 defeat against Atalanta last week. Thiago Motta has managed to get this side to play free-flowing attacking football at times but the Aquilotti currently have the worst defence in the league, so Inter will be looking to exploit that.
It will be interesting to see if Thiago Motta will try to change his ultra-attacking approach against his former team, as otherwise he might risk suffering another heavy defeat. This is that last thing that Spezia can afford as the Ligurians are currently 17th with 11 points, only two above the relegation zone.
Considering all of the above, it’s no surprise that Inter are heavy 2/9 favourites to get another three points on Wednesday evening and looking into the handicap market might be a good idea as well. A draw would be a huge disappointment for the hosts and can be backed at 5/1, while a what would be a shock win for Spezia is available at 16/1.
One to watch for Inter: Edin Dzeko scored both of Inter’s goals in the 2-0 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League, but the Bosnian hasn’t found the back of the net in Serie A for more than a month. The 35-year-old will be eager to get back to scoring ways in the league and is the favourite to score the opener on Wednesday.
One to watch for Spezia: M’Bala Nzola finally opened his account for Spezia this term, as the Angolan forward scored both goals in the 5-2 loss to Atalanta. N’Zola has been in fine form as of late, as he also scored for his country during the international break, so watch out for him to break the deadlock against the Nerazzurri.
Long shot: Two of Inter’s last five home games have ended in 2-0 victories for the Nerazzurri. A repeat of that score against Spezia is available at 13/2, while the odds raise even further if you bet on Dzeko to score both goals.