The top two in Serie A go head-to-head this evening at the Giuseppe Meazza as Inter Milan host Juventus in what could prove to be a title decider.
The match will be shown live on TNT Sports in the UK. The game is also available via bet365’s Sports Live Streaming service.
The game will be played at the Giuseppe Meazza, with a kick-off time of 19:45 GMT on Sunday 4th February 2024.
In what is expected to be a close affair between two of Italy’s footballing giants, it is difficult to see either side ending the day in defeat.
Both the Nerazzurri and the Old Lady have suffered just one league loss all season, coincidentally both at the hands of relegation-threatened Sassuolo, and neither side could grab all three points in the reverse fixture in Turin, which ended in a 1-1 draw in November.
A single point in the Derby d’Italia is likely to benefit the home side more, given that Simone Inzaghi’s side lead Serie A by one point over Juve, and also possess what could be a crucial game in hand over their rivals.
Max Allegri’s men are likely to go into this fixture with a more attacking mindset on the basis that a win is of arguably more importance to them, especially given that their five-game winning streak was ended in a 1-1 draw at home to 19th-placed Empoli - a game that Juve were lucky not to lose.
However, they may lack the killer instinct required in front of goal as they boast only the fifth-strongest attack in the division despite their lofty position.
Five of the last nine meetings in all competitions have ended in stalemate, and an extension to that record could be expected this evening.
Given the level of quality across all positions on show, it is likely that both sides could cancel each other out on the goalscoring front, leading to a low-scoring encounter.
Of the last 15 meetings in all competitions, 10 have seen no more than two strikes find the back of the net, with the last league fixture breaking that tradition coming in 2021.
The top two league goalscorers, Inter’s Lautaro Martinez and Juve’s Dusan Vlahovic, are expected to be involved but they may have their work cut out for them when they face two of the strongest defences in Serie A.
No other side in the division has conceded fewer times than Inter’s 10, whilst Juventus are only just below them with 13 goals against.
A defensive masterclass therefore might be on offer this evening, with the nets unlikely to bulge too often at the Giuseppe Meazza.
Simone Inzaghi has an almost fully fit squad available for selection, with the only absentee being the former Juventus wing-back Juan Cuadrado as he recovers from surgery on his achilles.
Midfield duo Hakan Calhanoglu and Nicolo Barella are back from serving suspensions for yellow cards and could return to the starting line-up, while captain and talismanic striker Lautaro Martinez is expected to lead the line once more.
A multitude of first-team players are expected to miss out on this crunch battle at the top of the table, with striker Arkadiusz Milik suspended after picking up a straight red card against Empoli last time out.
Moise Kean and Tiago Djalo are expected to be absent through injury, although Adrien Rabiot and Federico Chiesa may be fit enough for the bench. New signing Carlos Alcaraz, on loan from Southampton, could also make his debut from the sidelines.
Inter have dropped just four points at home all season, winning eight of their ten league games.
The Nerazzurri have also won four of their last five home games to nil.
Juve’s only league defeat came away from home, and eight of their 13 goals conceded have come on the road.
Six of the last 10 meetings across all competitions have seen both teams find the back of the net.
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