Serie A challengers Inter conclude the calendar year with a difficult trip to Verona. The Nerazzurri have closed the gap on leaders Milan to just a solitary point but face one of the meanest defences in the country. The Gialloblu have won five of their 12 matches and sit in seventh.
Where and when: Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi, Verona – 23 December, kick-off 17:30
Where you can see Verona vs. Inter: Premier Sports 1
Last time: Inter failed to hold on in July as Miguel Veloso equalised late on.
Verona v Inter Predictions and Preview
After the departures of Sofyan Amrabat, Marash Kumbulla and Amir Rrahmani, Verona were widely tipped to struggle this campaign. The star trio left for Fiorentina, Roma and Napoli, respectively, but Gialloblu boss Ivan Juric remained calm throughout the summer.
The Croatian has trusted youth and Matteo Lovato has been one of the main beneficiaries. The young Italian has slotted in to the backline and his mature displays have caught the eye of this weekend’s opponents, Stefano Pioli and champions Juventus.
With competition for his signature hotting up, the Rossoneri are reportedly pressing ahead with a January move and the 20-year-old will not shy away from the battle with Romelu Lukaku.
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In midfield, Mattia Zaccagni has earned international recognition. The Cesena native has added goals to his game and is 9/2 to net anytime, while flying wing-back Davide Faraoni can be found at 15/4. Samuel Di Carmine is 6/1 to open proceedings and Verona are 31/5 to get the win. A draw at the final whistle is 7/2.
Inter squeezed past Napoli in the previous gameweek courtesy of a Lukaku penalty. The Azzurri went down to 10 after Lorenzo Insigne’s dismissal and the victory was the Nerazzurri’s fifth in a row domestically. With no European football to contend with, Inter are many experts’ tip for the Scudetto and Antonio Conte knows he must deliver silverware this term.
The ex-Chelsea boss will be without Alexis Sanchez until the new year after the Chilean suffered an injury in the clash with Cagliari. Lautaro Martinez is set to step in again alongside Lukaku and is 10/3 to break the deadlock. The Belgian hitman is 12/5 favourite in the same market and can be proud of his contribution since joining from Manchester United. Achraf Hakimi is 3/1 to score anytime and will be expected to kick-on in 2021.
Only centre-forwards Lukaku and Martinez have bagged more for the Nerazzurri than the recruit from Real Madrid and his pace will be crucial against a resilient Verona. Inter are 4/11 to emerge triumphant on the night.
One to watch for Verona: Federico Dimarco is on the Nerazzurri’s books but has only made four league appearances for his employers over two separate spells. The left wing-back famously got the winner for Parma against Inter in 2018 and is 20/1 to hit the final effort.
One to watch for Inter: Stefano Sensi got a 25-minute runout in Naples and will replace Marcelo Brozovic or Roberto Gagliardini in the eleven once fully fit. In the meantime, the diminutive playmaker is likely to appear after the break and is 10/1 to notch last.
Long shot: Conte will not be looking forward to the meeting with Juric and his stubborn Gialloblu outfit. Only Juventus have conceded on fewer occasions and Verona enjoy frustrating the division’s elite teams. A 1-0 outcome and the hosts’ biggest scalp yet is 25/1.