Juventus are set to take on Inter Milan in the massive Italian Serie A game on Saturday, 09 December 2017 at Juventus Stadium in Turin. Inter Milan go into the game top of the table with 39 points but Juventus trail them by just two points and a win for both sides is important to strengthen their position at top of the table. Napoli is sandwiched between the two sides with 38 points and it turning out to be a three horse race in Italy this season. The game kicks off at around 20:45 CET / 19:45 uk time and BT Sports has the live coverage in the UK.
Juventus vs Inter Preview: Last time these two meet was back in Febraury 2017 when Juventus ran out 1-0 winners thanks to solitary goal from Juan Cuadrado but in the earlier game between the two in September 2016 when Inter Milan defeated Juventus 2-1 at home thanks to goals from Icardi and Perisic. Juventus defeated Napoli last week to get back into the title race and although they are not as strong as they have been in the last few years, they can still show up in big games.
Inter Milan will be hoping to keep their place at top of the table and they would need their inform captain Mauro Icardi to get the better of Juventus. Its finely poised going into the game and we can expect a very tight game where a single goal might win it for either side.
Juventus 1-0 Inter Milan – February 2017
[ Italian Serie A 2017 Match ]
45′ 1 – 0 Juan Cuadrado scores just before the halftime to put Juventus in lead with a clinical finish. Inter Milan had a mountain to climb to comeback in this game.
Team News & Possible Lineups: Juventus are likely to keep the 5-3-2 system with Higuain and Dybala playing upfront while Khedira, Pjanic and Lemina starting in midfield roles. Evra and Dani Alves should keep their places as fullbacks. Trio of Barzagli, Bonucci and Chiellini to make the back three.
Inter Milan on the other hand will use the 4-3-3 system with Icardi starting upfront while Perisic and Jovetic playing in supporting roles. Ever Banega and Kondobia to start in midfield alongside Chilian Gary medel. This is how I expect both teams to lineup.
Match Predictions: Juventus has looked superb so far this season and with Gonzalo Higuain they have found a prolific scorer putting them right up there as one of the best teams not only in Italy but in Europe. Their preference is to win the Champions League this season but their big squad should have enough about them to put a strong challenge for league as well. I am going with a comfortable win for Juventus in this one.
Inter Milan 2-1 Juventus Highlights
[ Italian Serie A 2016-17 Season ]
66′ 0 – 1 Stephan Lichtsteiner scores a tap in after some nice work on the left by Alex Sandro.
68′ 1 – 1 Mauro Icardi scored minutes later to put Inter Milan back on level terms.
78′ 2 – 1 Ivan Perisic header won the game for Inter. The goal came after sloppy defending by Juventus allowed Icardi to cause havoc in the box and put in a great cross which was put in by Perisic.
90′ [ Two Yellow/Red ] Ever Banega was sent off for second bookable offence.