The pressure is mounting for Serie A strugglers Verona who face a Mauro Icardi inspired Inter side this weekend.
Respective Coaches Luciano Spalletti and Fabio Pecchia have come in for stinging criticism this term and both need maximum points as the last few weeks of the season begin to unfold.
Where and when: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza – 31 March, kick-off 14:00
Where you can see Inter vs. Verona: William Hill live streaming
Last time: Borja Valero and Ivan Perisic netted either side of former Milan forward Giampaolo Pazzini in a 2-1 success for the Nerazzurri.
Inter v Verona Predictions and Preview
Inter have performed below par for several months now but remain in the Champions League places. Central to their top four hopes is star man Icardi, who was simply unplayable in the 5-0 win away at Sampdoria. The scoreline was a shock, but the exploits of the Argentine came as no surprise, hitting four goals in just 21 minutes. Without their captain, the Nerazzurri would be languishing in mid-table and Spalletti must be particularly thankful to have a truly world class striker in his ranks.
The morale boosting triumph should not be underestimated. Samp, this year’s surprise package, have toppled Milan and Juventus at Luigi Ferraris and this could be a real turning point for Spalletti. Next up for Inter is relegation candidates Verona, and a follow up to the previous game week’s exploits is imperative, particularly with heavyweight clashes against the Rossoneri, Lazio and Juventus still to tackle. The hosts are the overwhelming favourites for this fixture at 1/7 while reported Real Madrid summer target Icardi is priced at 18/2 to hit a hat-trick and overtake current top scorer in the standings Ciro Immobile.
Visitors Verona have won two of their last four matches but undid this good recent run at home to Atalanta. Pecchia’s side were thumped 5-0 and they can ill afford a similar outcome when they visit Giuseppe Meazza, with goal difference potentially coming in to play at the end of the season. The odds are stacked against the Gialloblu, who are 20/1 to claim a shock victory, ahead of the six-pointer against basement club Benevento.
One to watch for Verona: On-loan Daniele Verde has been a bright spark in an otherwise disappointing campaign. The under-21 international is 17/1 to strike last and will see plenty of the ball from the right flank.
One to watch for Inter: Perisic rediscovered his goalscoring touch away at Doria and his personal tally is only bettered by Icardi. The two-footed Croatian is 9/1 to notch any time during the duel.
Long shot: Verona have never beaten Inter in Italy’s top flight, picking up only three draws from 15 fixtures and a first triumph seems doubtful. Additionally, the Veneto based club have won just two games on the road while the Nerazzurri are far stronger on home soil. Inter to win 4-0 is 24/1.