Juventus vs Inter by Enzo
Juventus didn't look superior in comparison to Bayern last Tuesday evening, but the team still managed to pull out quite positive 2:2 draw. Quite positive since the Germans looked somehow more superior on the field and surely did dominate with the ball possession, having even the double lead after sixty minutes of play, but the Italians bounced back into the match with goals from Dybala and Sturaro.
Back to Serie A matches, Juventus made a slight setback last Friday evening when the team only had a goalless draw away to Bologna, but luckily for them, Napoli also took only a point, so they remained first at the table with a point more than the team from Naples. In front of own fans, they've been great this season and anything but victory would be a negative result for them. Juventus is set to play in their usual 3-5-2 formation with recovered Mandzukic and Dybala as their strikers. Defensive Martin Caceres (6/0) is already a long term absentee, while this game will also skip midfielder Claudio Marchisio (23/0) after picking a thigh injury against Bayern. Hosts will have some morale boosted, since they welcome back in the team Alex Sandro and Giorgio Chiellini.
After many ups and downs, Inter showed one satisfying performance, coming from a 3:1 home victory over Sampdoria last weekend. However, their defensive lineup one again showed way too many weaknesses and the final result could have been different if players of Sampdoria looked bit more serious in final touches.
However, hosts took the lead in 23rd minute via D'Ambrosio, with Miranda increasing at the start of the second halftime and Icardi securing the victory in 73rd, while all the visitors were able to do, is to reduce the deficit in last moments via Quagliarella. After two negative results, loss to Fiorentina and draw against Verona, it was nice to see them getting back on positive ways, but also obvious that Inter will have hard time earning the European exit this season. Visitors will be playing in 4-3-3 formation with Eder and Ljajic on the wings and Icardi in the middle of attack. Coach Roberto Mancini will have midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia back in the team, but will miss this time midfielder Marcelo Brozovic (21/3) due suspension.
Even though Juventus comes from a really important and difficult game against Bayern, I see them winning this one as well. They have a really strong defensive lineup and should have no surprises there, while the players of Inter remain too inconsistent in their performances and should be able to stay competitive here till the very end.