The Derby d’Italia is one of the games that Italian football fans look forward to most. It is one of the biggest occasions of the European football calendar.
In years gone by, it has been a battle at the top of the table and created some of the most infamous and controversial moments in Serie A history.
In more recent years, it has been less of a tight contest with Inter struggling to get near the top of the table, and then for the past two seasons those roles have been reversed.
This season, the two teams come into the game at the Allianz Stadium in Turin separated by just two points, albeit in sixth and seventh place.
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Both have had a faltering start to the season domestically, but they have found some form in recent weeks and are getting closer to the teams in the much-coveted top four.
For that reason, there is a huge amount riding on this game for both teams. If Juventus win, they climb above Inter and that race to get into the top four starts to tighten up even more. If Inter win, Juventus will be five points behind the Nerazzurri and will find it very hard to pick themselves back up again.
Juventus v Inter Milan Bet Builder Tips
Lautaro Martinez to Score
Argentine forward Lautaro Martinez has been in superb form in recent weeks after what was a very difficult start to the season for him.
The reliance on him was greater than expected after Romelu Lukaku suffered a serious thigh injury. He didn’t seem able to carry the burden to start with and didn’t score eight consecutive games. Since getting one though, he has scored four times in three games.
Rotation has meant he hasn’t scored in three now, but he will certainly start the game and he will cause a ropey looking Juventus defence some serious issues at the Allianz Stadium.
His low centre of gravity and pace is what makes him so hard to deal with and that is the sort of striker that Leonardo Bonucci has struggled to cope with this season.
Federico Gatti has no experience playing against Lautaro and Alex Sandro is being forced to play recently as part of a back three. Martinez will target that and try to exploit the Brazilian’s dwindling abilities.
The other major motivation for Lautaro Martinez is that he wants to go into the World Cup with Argentina at his best and that means bagging a goal or two hear and in the final two match days before he makes the trip to Qatar.
Expect him to be a major protagonist in this one. He has actually only scored one goal in eight appearances against Juventus, and he will be more than aware of that and will know that this Juve team are his best chance to change that stat.
Nicolo Barella to Score or Assist
Inter midfielder Nicolo Barella has hit a ridiculously good patch of form in recent weeks.
He underperformed for a large spell last season as Inter’s title challenge suffered crucial blows, and he did not start the season in very good shape either. In recent weeks though, he has really found his form and is operating on a great level.
The most goals from a midfielder in Serie A so far this season is five, which is how many Barella has got. He is level with Mattia Zaccagni and Ademola Lookman in that stat, and they play much higher up the pitch with more attacking responsibility than Barella does.
Chuck into the mix that he also has one Champions League goal, and five Serie A assists this season, and you can see why he would be a great pic to score or assist at any time. Inter are better going forward than Juventus are and they will play like it too.
Expect powerful runs into the box by a player who just can’t seem to not hit the target when he shoots at the moment. Chuck into the mix that Juventus have had serious trouble with teams just carving through their midfield in recent weeks.
Inter’s midfield is their best feature at the moment, and it is what their recent return to form under Simone Inzaghi has been built on.
Alex Sandro to be Carded
Alex Sandro has been generally regarded as one of the best left backs in Europe for many years, and rightly so.
Last season though, his form went off a cliff and it has not really been recovered since. He also now has to keep playing as part of a back three due to a lack of other quality or fit defenders.
If he is employed in such a role against Inter on Sunday night, it is hard to not see him picking up a yellow card at some point.
He is going to have players such as Lautaro Martinez, Nicolo Barella and Denzel Dumfries charging at him after likely getting past the Juventus midfield far too easily.
Alex Sandro no longer possesses the pace that he used to have and he will surely need to drag a player down at some point as they threaten to get through on goal.
It is a shame to be talking about what was such a great player in this way, but he is over the hill now and he is someone that the Nerazzurri will be targeting when the two sides meet.
Inter break with incredible pace and will be more than happy to soak up some pressure of it means they can counter attack whilst the likes of Alex Sandro and Leonardo Bonucci are out of position and desperate to stop the attack. He’s got three yellow cards so far this season and he could add to that in this game.
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