The Old Lady secured their eighth Serie A title last week, but on the other hand, Inter Milan still have something to play for … the Champions League.
Inter Milan news (L-W-D-W-D)
One big bright spot for Luciano Spalletti’s side is the likely return of Marcelo Brozovic. The midfielder has been out the last two weeks after suffering a leg injury.
Now, while he won’t likely start, he is a strong possibility to come off the bench when needed.
Another question mark will be Mauro Icardi. The Argentinian came in last week’s 1-1 draw with AS Roma but didn’t get a warm reception from the Meazza faithful. However, I somehow doubt that will have much to do with Spalletti’s decision to put him in the match or not.
Inter have quite a bit to prove outside of just qualifying for the Champions League.
The Nerazzurri have scored at least two goals in each of their last three home matches with Juventus, but they have managed just one point in their last four, home and away. Additionally, Inter has failed to score two or more goals in three straight home matches against Juventus since 1954.
Both Milan Skriniar and Danilo D’Ambrosio need just one yellow card to face a one-match suspension, so both with have to be somewhat cautious as Inter press for a top-four finish.
With so much on the line, I see Spalletti trotting out the usual suspects in the lineup. D’Ambrosio will be in the defensive line with Stefan de Vrij, Skriniar and Kwadwo Asamoah.
With Brozovic just back from injury and Spalletti still not convinced of Joao Mario’s ability, Inter’s midfield will have Matias Vecino and Borja Valero. Matteo Politano and Ivan Perisic should be on the wings with Radja Nainggolan serving as an attacking midfielder.
I also see Spalletti bringing Icardi on to start as he needs as many guns on the field as possible. That said, Lautaro Martinez will be on stand-by, if needed.
Probable lineup: Handanovic; D’Ambrosio, de Vrij, Skriniar, Asamoah; Vecino, Valero; Politano, Nainggolan, Perisic; Icardi
Juventus news (W-W-W-L-W)
While their record may not show it, the Old Lady has had a rough month.
Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala, Giorgio Chiellini, Sami Khedira, Martin Caceres and Mattia Perin have all been out with injuries this month. All are back, but when or if Max Allegri uses them is a big question.
With the title already secured, it might be easy to suggest Juventus will take their foot off the gas against Inter. If that’s the case, it will open the door for the Nerazzurri.
However, this is the Derby d’Italia where emotions run high. So, I wouldn’t count on Juventus letting up just because they can.
Another factor is Juventus is fresh off being eliminated by Ajax in the Champions League. It is probable that weighs heavy on their minds and they may be looking for someone to take that exit out on.
Probable lineup: Szczesny; Cancelo, Rugani, Bonucci, Sandro; Cuadrado, Can, Pjanic, Matuidi; Bernardeschi, Ronaldo
Time and Date: 2:30 p.m. EDT Saturday, April 27, 2019
Where: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (Milan)
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