First meets third in blockbuster Serie A action as Juventus host Inter. The champions have lost two of their last five fixtures, while the visitors have endured a mixed February. Antonio Conte’s squad came from behind to pull off an epic Derby victory over neighbours Milan, but also suffered defeat in the first-leg of their Coppa Italia clash with Napoli, and, more significantly, to Lazio in the league.
Where and when: Juventus Stadium, Turin – 1 March, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Juventus vs. Inter: Premier Sports 1
Last time: Argentinean forwards Paulo Dybala and Lautaro Martinez exchanged goals before compatriot Gonzalo Higuain settled it for the Scudetto holders during the October contest.
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Juventus v Inter Predictions and Preview
Maurizio Sarri’s troops squeezed past rock bottom SPAL on Matchday 25 courtesy of Aaron Ramsey and Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese superstar, so often the Bianconeri’s saviour this term, took his place in the history books, equalling Gabriel Batistuta and Fabio Quagliarella in scoring in 11 consecutive league matches.
The recently turned 35-year-old also notched his 1,000th senior appearance for club and country and is showing no signs of slowing down just yet. Ronaldo, who has already matched last term’s Serie A haul of 21 goals, is the 11/4 favourite to open proceedings in this mouthwatering matchup.
Sarri will be boosted by the return of Higuain who missed the clash with SPAL with a bad back and the South American, who has a habit of producing in the big games domestically, is 10/11 to net anytime. Juventus are 21/20 to inflict a hammer blow to Inter’s title chances.
The Nerazzurri have played one less game than their counterparts after their meeting with Sampdoria was postponed due to the Coronavirus which has affected parts of the country.
Fresh from his maiden strike for the club in the Europa League tie with Ludogorets, Christian Eriksen may be given a starting role. The Dane has steadily built up his fitness since moving from Tottenham Hotspur and is 4/1 to bag first.
Eriksen was bought for clashes like these and has already developed an understanding with Romelu Lukaku in the brief time they have been team-mates. Lukaku is 5/1 to register first and was at one staged tipped to join Juventus as part of a deal to bring Dybala to Old Trafford.
One to watch for Juventus: Ramsey is 13/5 to score anytime and will be confident after putting in his best showing in a Bianconeri shirt, notably in his favoured role in a midfield three.
One to watch for Inter: Alexis Sanchez will have to settle for a place on the bench but should feature after the break. The Chilean is keen on making the switch permanently to Italy but knows he must come up with some vital contributions. Sanchez is 9/1 to strike last.
Long shot: Inspirational skipper Giorgio Chiellini made his long-awaited return from injury last weekend and Juventus will need the veteran on top form against a strike force that has had a hand in 42 goals across all competitions. Similarly, the Inter back three will be on red alert and it should be another thrilling episode between two great Italian institutions. A 3-2 triumph for the home squad is 28/1.