Roma host Inter in a meeting between two clubs who have both underperformed this Serie A campaign. Despite sitting in fifth, it has been a mixed year for the Lupi, while the travelling party have gone from battling Juventus for the Scudetto to fighting off Atalanta and Lazio for the runners-up berth.
Where and when: Stadio Olimpico, Rome – 19 July, kick-off 20:45
Where you can see Roma vs. Inter: Premier Sports 1
Last time: Chris Smalling and Romelu Lukaku locked horns in the December stalemate.
Roma vs. Inter Predictions and Preview
Upon his appointment, Paulo Fonseca’s remit was to qualify for the Champions League. The Lupi are 13 points adrift of Gian Piero Gasperini’s great entertainers but remain in a strong position to qualify for Europe’s second competition.
The Lupi have lost double the number of games compared to La Dea and there continues to be an over-reliance on hitman Edin Dzeko to deliver. The Bosnian has been a fine servant for the capital club, recording over 100 strikes, but is 34 and finally expected to move to this weekend’s opponents once the transfer market opens.
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In the meantime, the former Manchester City ace is 9/2 to open proceedings and will have his sights on achieving another 20-goal haul. In midfield, Fonseca has been boosted by the return of his other star performer for the run-in. Nicolo Zaniolo damaged knee ligaments in January and was set to miss this summer’s European Championship.
The youngster marked his first appearance in six months with the third strike away at Brescia and will slot straight back in to the eleven. Zaniolo, of course, was on the Nerazzurri books prior to moving to Roma and his former employers have make no secret of their desire to bring the versatile attacker back to Giuseppe Meazza.
Elsewhere, Conte has a welcome selection dilemma on his hands. Alexis Sanchez starred in the 3-1 win at Torino, laying on two assists. The Chilean linked well with Lautaro Martinez and is doing his chances no harm of moving permanently from Manchester United. Sanchez is 3/1 to register anytime while Martinez is 13/10 in the same market. Inter are 11/8 to clinch the spoils.
One to watch for Roma: Aleksandar Kolarov loves to get forward and is a set piece specialist. The veteran is 16/1 to break the deadlock.
One to watch for Inter: Lukaku has 20 league goals to his name and is 15/4 to net first. Only Ciro Immobile and Cristiano Ronaldo have contributed more than the Belgian.
Long shot: Historically, this fixture yields goals and it is imperative for both outfits to take something from the occasion. Roma may be ahead of Milan and Napoli, but the Rossoneri in particular have momentum and will believe they can win all their remaining games. An entertaining 2-2 outcome is 11/1.