Inter Milan welcome newly crowned champions Juventus to the San Siro on Saturday night, kicking off at 8:30pm local time. This game is billed as ‘Derby d’Italia’, with it having a controversial past, as both sets of players will be playing for pride more than anything else in this huge fixture.

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Home Team: Inter Milan

Inter Milan have more on the line than their guests, with a top four place still far from confirmed. They are currently occupying 3rd position in the league, and are 6 points above AC Milan and Roma who are directly below them in the table.

With 5 games to go, Inter Milan have the fate of their campaign in their own hands, but do have to face the top two sides in their next three games, so they cannot rest just yet. Inter Milan come into this fixture after drawing at home to direct rivals Roma in the last match, which resulted in a 1-1 draw.

Inter had been trailing for large parts of the match, and despite dominating possession, and creating many chances – they just couldn’t get through. However, Croatian Ivan Perisic scored a far post header to equalise, to keep the distance between the two sides at 6 points.

Inter Milan will hope that they face a Juventus team who have spent the whole week celebrating so they can take full advantage, but I highly doubt that’d be the case.

Away Team: Juventus

Juventus were confirmed Italian champions for the 8th consecutive year this past weekend, as they beat Fiorentina 2-1 at home. They did fall behind early on, but a goal from Alex Sandro and a Cristiano Ronaldo cross that was diverted in by unlucky Fiorentina defender, saw Juventus turn the game around to win, and the celebrations commenced.

Juventus had basically won the league from the very start of the season, as they have held the number 1 position since August, and they have always been many points ahead of their closest challengers, Napoli. Juventus are currently on 87 points, with another 15 points to play, so they could reach the 100-point milestone again.

Juventus will not want to take the foot off the pedal just yet, and know that beating Inter Milan in their own back yard as newly crowned champions would irritate the Inter faithful tremendously.

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Head to Head

Juventus have been fairly dominant in this fixture over the past few years, with Inter Milan having only won once in their last 13 meetings in all competitions. That sole victory came in 2016 as Mauro Icardi and Ivan Perisic scored two goals in the final 25 minutes of the match to earn a long-awaited victory.

Juventus were victorious on their last visit, scoring a last minute winner to beat Inter Milan 3-2, and also won the reverse fixture this season 1-0, with Mario Mandzukic getting the only goal of the game.

Predictions and Betting Tips

Inter Milan are slight favourites to win the match at 29/20, with Juventus at 15/8. For the sides to draw, that is priced at 9/4. Juventus have been a class act all season, but their form in recent weeks has dipped, and you are not sure what type of Juventus side will turn up. Therefore, I am going to back Inter Milan to claim a much-needed win for their Champions League qualification hopes, so I’d back them to win 1-0, at 6/1.

To increase the odds even more, you can back the returning Lautaro Martínez to score the only goal in the game in a Scorecast bet, which takes the odds up to 30/1. I expect this to be a cagey match as it was in their previous meeting, so there could be decent money earned on predicting the first goal to be scored in the minutes 61-70 at 16/1.

Finally, if you believe that champions Juventus will rub it in and get the win which takes them to 90 points, you can get good value of them winning and keeping a clean sheet, as they so often do, at 7/2.

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