Jose Mourinho will face his former side Inter when the Nerazzurri visit the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday evening for a clash with Roma. The defending Serie A champions have narrowed the gap with league leaders Napoli, while the Giallorrossi cannot afford any mistakes if they want to stay in contention for a place in the top four.
Where and when: Stadio Olimpico – 4 December, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Roma vs. Inter: BT Sport
Last time: Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s strike wasn’t enough for Roma as the Giallorossi were beaten 3-1 at San Siro in the last meeting between these teams. The game took place back in May and it also saw Marcelo Brozovic, Matias Vecino and Romelu Lukaku score for the Nerazzurri.
Roma v Inter Predictions and Preview
Jose Mourinho surely has some fond memories from his time on the Inter bench, as the Special One won the treble and conquered the world with the Nerazzurri back in 2010. However, there will be little sympathy on Saturday evening after kick-off, as Mourinho’s Roma host the reigning Serie A champions in a crucial clash at the top of the table.
The Giallorossi are currently fifth with 25 points, six less than Atalanta, who occupy fourth place. This means that anything but a victory against Inter might open an even bigger gap between Roma and the Champions League places.
However, this will not be an easy task, as Roma have failed to win any of their last eight games against Inter. The last Roma victory in this rivalry was in 2017, when Radja Nainggolan and Diego Perotti were on target for a 3-1 win at San Siro.
The last time Roma triumphed against the Nerazzurri at Stadio Olimpico was a 2-1 win back in 2016, when Edin Dzeko opened the scoring for the Giallorossi. The Bosnian has been in fine form since moving to Inter in the summer and while it’s unlikely that he will receive a warm reception from the Roma tifosi, the game will undoubtedly be a special one for him.
Roma have been very inconsistent this season, but Mourinho’s men were finally able to get some air after winning three consecutive games. Tammy Abraham scored the winner in the 1-0 victory over Torino last time out, in what was a fifth home victory for the Giallorossi this term.
Some bad news has emerged since then, as Bryan Cristante and Gonzalo Villar tested positive for Covid, while captain Lorenzo Pellegrini went off with what appeared to be a thigh injury. Pellegrini might just be able to make it in time for the clash with Inter, which would be a huge boost for the hosts, who should also cope without Riccardo Calafiori and Leonardo Spinazzola.
The Nerazzurri have some notable absentees of their own, as Stefan De Vrij, Matteo Darmian, Arturo Vidal, Andrea Ranocchia and Aleksandar Kolarov are all ruled out. Darmian’s injury means that Denzel Dumfries might get a rare start on the right, while Federico Di Marco should continue at centre-back in De Vrij’s absence.
Inter are currently third, trailing by four points behind Napoli. The Beneamata’s crucial 3-2 win over the Partenopei a few weeks ago once again put them in contention for topping the table.
Simone Inzaghi’s men have won four of their last five games, drawing only against AC Milan, while the Nerazzurri also qualified for the Champions League knockout phase for the first time since 2012, which is another boost.
Considering their recent meetings and current form, it’s no surprise that the visitors are the 6/5 favourites in this Roma v Inter preview. Six of the last seven meetings between these teams ended as draws and a repeat of that scenario can be backed at 13/5, while what would be a special win for Mourinho and Roma is available at at 11/5.
One to watch for Roma: Lorenzo Pellegrini has undoubtedly been Roma’s best player since the start of the season. The Giallorossi captain should recover from his thigh strain just in time for Saturday’s clash, so watch out for him to break the deadlock against Inter.
One to watch for Inter: Edin Dzeko has been in fantastic form for Inter since moving from Roma in the summer and the big Bosnian will be the man to watch in this fixture. The ex-Roma captain has seven Serie A strikes for the Nerazzurri and will be eager to build on that record against his former side, so keep an eye on him in the first scorer market.
Long shot: Each of the last three meetings between these teams at the Stadio Olimpico ended in 2-2 draws. A repeat of that result is available at 10/1, while the odds rise to 72/1 if you add Dzeko as the first scorer.