Two talented squads meet in Serie A action this weekend as Roma host Inter. The Lupi have flattered to deceive for the majority of the domestic campaign and go in search of only a second win from six league matches. In contrast, the Nerazzurri look well placed to run Napoli close for the runners-up spot.
Where and when: Stadio Olimpico – 2 December, kick-off 19:30
Where you can see Roma vs. Inter: Eleven Sports 2
Last time: Stephan El Shaarawy’s opener was cancelled out late on by Matias Vecino when the teams met in January.
Roma v Inter Predictions and Preview
Despite the absence of key players Edin Dzeko, Daniele De Rossi and Kostas Manolas, Roma were still expected to have too much for struggling Udinese in the previous gameweek. The lowly Zebrette fully deserved their victory against Eusebio Di Francesco’s troops and there is increasing pressure on the former Sassuolo tactician. Di Francesco was scathing in his criticism of his players during his post-match conference and is reportedly in last chance saloon territory.
Dzeko will almost certainly start in this titanic duel against Inter and will be vital to the Lupi’s hopes of earning a favourable result for the beleaguered Italian. Dzeko is 9/2 to open the scoring while team-mate El Shaarawy is available at 6/1. Roma are 17/10 for a morale boosting victory and 27/10 to claim a share of the spoils.
|Keita Balde to score last||15/2||Offer|
|Over 3.5 goals||17/10||Offer|
|Inter to win 2-1||8/1||Offer|
Visitors Inter are in better spirits and will fancy their chances of inflicting further misery on the Giallorossi. Luciano Spalletti’s men have proved they are far more than just Mauro Icardi with the likes of Matteo Politano, Ivan Perisic and Keita Balde all easing the burden on the talismanic Argentinian. Nevertheless, the skipper is the 4/1 favourite to strike first and add to his haul of 10 goals in all competitions.
Radja Nainggolan will be returning to the capital for the first time since his summer switch and is 11/4 in the anytime scorer market. The Nerazzurri are 29/20 to emerge triumphant and maintain their advantage over Lazio and Milan.
One to watch for Roma: Cengiz Under hit the headlines in midweek for his glaring miss against Real Madrid and will want to quickly make amends. The young Turkish talent is 7/1 to net last.
One to watch for Inter: Lautaro Martínez recently deputised for Icardi and duly bagged during the 3-0 success against Frosinone. The forward is 13/2 in the same last scorer market.
Long shot: Both clubs come in to the contest after Champions League losses against Tottenham Hotspur and Los Blancos respectively, and an immediate reaction is expected in both camps. With Icardi and Dzeko featuring from the offset, a captivating 2-2 encounter is 11/1.