Juventus – Inter Match Preview
Juventus are said to be looking for a “big” deal in the January transfer market, but no signing has been made official so far, in the meantime, manager Massimiliano Allegri has recovered Martin Caceres for his defence, while Leonardo Bonucci returns having served a one-match suspension. Roberto Pereyra and Alvaro Morata are expected to be on the bench once again but are likely to appear at some stage of the match. The Bianconeri are top of the table, three points clear of second place Roma, but they lost their last match of 2014 in the Supercoppa final against Napoli, even if only on penalties.
Inter, on the other hand, have just signed Lukas Podolski, on a 6-month loan deal, after failing to bring in Alessio Cerci, but the German striker will probably not be in the starting 11 for this match. All forwards are available, even Pablo Osvaldo, which means Roberto Mancini will have a great choice for this match, but the most likely solution will be with Kovavic playing behind the two strikers. Inter have failed to improve in the league in spite of the managerial change, but the Derby d’Italia could offer the manager the right added motivation as it has always been a match that lives on an intensity of its own, not always going with league position or form. The importance of the match and the old rivalry could help Inter give something more, but most of their players involved will be new to this Italian clash. Juventus are expected to show their technical superiority and get the full prize, but not necessarily by a large margin.
Our Probable Formations are:
Juventus (220.127.116.11) Buffon, Lichtsteiner, Bonucci, Chiellini, Evra, Pogba, Pirlo, Marchisio, Vidal, Llorente and Tévez.
Inter (18.104.22.168) Handanovic, D’Ambrosio, Ranocchia, Jesus, Dodò, Kuzmanovic, Medel, Hernanes, Kovacic, Palacio and Icardi.
Some Top Tips:
Juventus are undefeated in their last 35 home matches in Serie A, non this season.
It’s been 7 matches since Juventus lost their last Serie A game.
Juventus have scored 2 or more goals in 10 out of 16 matches.
Juventus have conceded 2 goals or more only once and have held 10 clean sheets this season.
Inter have won the same amount of matches they have lost, 5, with 6 draws all season.
Inter have lost 3 times, drawn 3 times and won only twice away from home conceding 11 goals and scoring 7.