A huge clash at the top of Serie A sees leaders Inter take on closest challengers Juventus at San Siro on Sunday night.
Simone Inzaghi’s Inter have been scintillating at times this season, losing just once and scoring 50 league goals from 21 games. Despite being so impressive, they only have a one-point lead over Juventus, albeit having played a game less.
Massimiliano Allegri certainly doesn’t entertain the masses in the same way as the Nerazzurri with his Juve team, but they are effective. They’ve scored 14 fewer goals than Inter but in-form players like Dusan Vlahovic and Kenan Yildiz make them a near-constant threat.
Here’s all you need to know about Inter vs Juventus in Serie A this weekend.
Inter vs Juventus H2H Record (Last Five Games)
Current Form (all competitions)
Inter are boosted by Hakan Calhanoglu and Nicolo Barella, two regular starting midfielders, both returning from suspension. Francesco Acerbi and Federico Dimarco were both on the bench when the Nerazzurri were away at Fiorentina but are expected to come into the starting lineup.
Juan Cuadrado is still out of contention with a long-term injury, while Matteo Darmian seems more likely to start on the right wing than Denzel Dumfries.
Inter predicted lineup vs Juventus (3-5-2): Sommer; Pavard, Acerbi, Bastoni; Darmian, Barella, Calhanoglu, Mkhitaryan, Dimarco; Thuram, Lautaro.
Arkadiusz Milik is out of contention after being shown a red card in the draw against Empoli last weekend, but Federico Chiesa and Adrien Rabiot are available again. The latter is expected to come straight into the starting lineup.
Moise Kean is injured and not involved, while Carlos Alcaraz, a deadline-day arrival from Southampton, will likely make the bench. Danilo is fit enough to start and will replace Alex Sandro in the back three.
Juventus predicted lineup vs Inter (3-5-2): Szczesny; Gatti, Bremer, Danilo; Cambiaso, McKennie, Locatelli, Rabiot, Kostic; Vlahovic, Yildiz.
Every neutral watching on Sunday will be praying Inter manage to get the first goal, as watching Juventus defend a lead is not a very fun experience.
However, even against the Bianconeri’s defensive might, the Nerazzurri have been so ruthless in attack – particularly Lautaro Martinez who has 19 league goals already this season – that they will surely breach the Juve back-line.
Allegri’s side will fight back, but Inter should have…