The Serie A title race could be one of the closest in decades, and two of the sides that will be locked in that battle will meet at the iconic San Siro on the weekend. Both sides are yet to lose this season, and this fixture would be the best chance to examine the credentials of Inter Milan.
Inter Milan are the only team in Serie A to have a 100% record at this early stage of the season, but a clash with Juventus is undoubtedly their biggest test to date. The reigning Italian champions are also unbeaten but have drawn a game this season. The x-factor that Antonio Conte has brought to Inter has had an immediate effect on the team, and the signings of Alexi Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku, and Stefano Sensi have given everybody around the club a boost. It is still early days in this season’s Serie A, but at present, they look every inch like a side that could potentially win this division. Conte has done a remarkable job in transforming the team’s tactics in such a short space of time, and he has also rebuilt the confidence levels of players like Sanchez and Lukaku after their disappointing performances last season. A fixture against Juventus will be a good indication of how far they have actually come.
Juventus meanwhile remain the team to beat in the Italian top flight, and with the additions of Matthijs de Ligt and Aaron Ramsey, they have strengthened considerably. They also have a fully fit Gonzalo Higuain in their ranks, and his relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo has been seamless. There is a feeling that Maurizio Sarri may opt to prioritise the Champions League this season and may be willing to concede the league title, but the squad depth that the Old Lady have means that there is no reason why they can’t compete on both fronts. They come into the match having won their last four matches in all competitions. Their last outing was a resounding 3-0 home win over Bayern Leverkusen in the Champions League. Higuain and Ronaldo were both on the score sheet in that game, and both could have an impact at the San Siro on the weekend.
Head to Head
Over the last 15 matches between the sides, Juventus hold the clear advantage. They have recorded seven wins, while Inter has won twice and there have been four draws. The last meeting between the sides was a friendly over the summer and ended in a 1-1 draw. The last league meeting also ended in the same result. The draw is currently priced at 2.14 with BetXChange.
This should be a high-quality matchup between two sides that have started the new season in brilliant form. Inter will be rightly considered as serious title contenders with a win over Juventus, but the quality that Juve has means that won’t be easy. This could be a draw, with the attacking qualities of both sides making for an entertaining game.