Inter Milan will receive the reward for all their hard work when they host Udinese at the San Siro on the last day of the Serie A season. The Nerazzurri have broken the spell cast by Juventus over the rest of the Italian top flight for nearly a decade, and they will lift the title following the final whistle of this game.
Where and when: San Siro – 23 May, kick-off 14:00
Where you can see Inter vs. Udinese: LiveScore App
Last time: Inter enjoyed the greater share of possession and chances but neither side could make the breakthrough as the teams play out a goalless draw at the Dacia Arena in January.
Inter v Udinese Predictions and Preview
Inter Milan may have lost a dramatic encounter with Juventus last week – failing to consign the Old Lady to a finish outside the top four and next season’s Champions League in the process – but the newly-crowned champions will receive the prize they’ve truly been after at the end of their clash against Udinese.
Antonio Conte’s side have been steadfastly resolute while their title rivals have taken it in turns to flounder over recent weeks and months. In spite of their defeat last weekend, the Nerazzurri still take a 10-point lead over second-placed Atalanta into the final day of the season, which also presents them with a second opportunity to pass the 90-point mark.
The improvement has been both steady and hugely impressive from Inter, even if their 20-match unbeaten run in Serie A came to an end against outgoing champions Juve last time out. Conte’s side won 15 of their 17 league games prior to last weekend, including an 11-match winning run from the end of January to mid-April which saw them morph from title contenders into champions-elect.
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Inter to win to nil
Inter to win 2-0
Lukaku to score first
Inter are unbeaten in their last six games against Udinese, winning four, with all of those victories to nil. The Friulani did manage a 3-1 victory at the San Siro in December 2017, but that’s their only win in their last 12 games against the Nerazzurri, who are a completely different animal to the team that lost that match some three and a half years ago.
The hosts are the 2/5 favourites to mark their coronation day with a 28th victory of the season on Saturday. The away team are 15/2 in these Inter v Udinese predictions, while the draw’s priced at 9/2.
Avoiding defeat in any manner would be a great result for the Bianconeri, especially given their current four-match winless run, where Luca Gotti’s side have tasted defeat on three occasions. Udinese are down in 12th in the Serie A table and guaranteed to finish in the bottom half. They have little to play for and look set to lose for the 18th time this term.
One to watch for Inter: Only Cristiano Ronaldo has scored more goals in Serie A this season than Romelu Lukaku. The Inter striker has 23 goals and 11 assists from his 35 appearances, and has recovered from his recent six-match drought to bag in each of his last two games against Juventus and Roma. The Belgian is the 12/5 favourite to open the scoring on Sunday afternoon.
One to watch for Udinese: Rodrigo De Paul has mustered nine goals and nine assists from midfield so far this season. The Argentine’s form has seen him linked with a move to the Premier League and compatriot Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United. He is 7/2 to mark what could turn out to be his last appearance for Udinese with a goal in the anytime scorer market this weekend.
Long shot: None of the last six meetings between these clubs have seen both teams score. The same outcome here is 31/20, while Inter are 9/1 to win 2-0 after netting eight goals in their last four victories over Udinese, at an average of exactly two per game. If you add Lukaku to that bet as the first scorer, those odds rise to an enticing 35/1 in our latest Inter v Udinese tips for this game.