Juventus v Inter Milan – Allianz Stadium at 19:30 live at Eleven Sports
Juventus are enjoying their best start to a Serie A season since three points were introduced for a win. The Bianconeri came away from Fiorentina with a thumping 3-0 victory last weekend to make it 13 wins from 14 unbeaten fixtures.
The Old Lady’s only hiccup came in a 1-1 home draw with Genoa and Max Allegri’s men have now tabled 40 points from their opening encounters, a new record by an Italian top-tier team. If Juve continue at their current pace, they’ll conclude the campaign with a barely-believable 108 points.
Serie A’s season-long record was set in 2013/14 by Antonio Conte’s Juve as the Turin club registered 102 points. But with Cristiano Ronaldo spearheading the Bianconeri’s efforts– he’s the first Juventus player to score 10 goals in his debut 14 league appearances since John Charles in 1957 – anything is possible.
No stopping Juventus juggernaut
Allegri insists the secret to the Old Lady’s success is “the humility to work at the same rate physically as your opponents, then technique makes the difference.” And he’ll be looking for Juve to make another major mark on Friday night when old rivals Inter Milan arrive at the Allianz Stadium.
The Bianconeri have already beaten Napoli and Lazio here by two-goal margins and the hosts are fancied to overcome a -0.75 Asian Handicap hurdle here at kind 1.75 odds. Under Allegri, Juve have W72-L8-LD3 at their Turin base, with 47 (57%) of their triumphs arriving by a two-goal margin or better.
Focussing on top-six teams, the Old Lady have W19-D1-L2 as hosts in Serie A during Allegri’s tenure with nine victories achieved by two goals or more. Our chosen selection will see us make money should the home side come out on top, with a full pay-out earned if Juventus win by more than a solitary strike.
Inter fail to fire
Inter Milan twice saw their lead canceled out at injury-hit Roma last weekend in an entertaining contest, although the Nerazzurri were fortunate not to concede a penalty. Even referees chief Marcello Nicchi accepted that an ‘inconceivable error’ meant Roma were not awarded a spot-kick at the Stadio Olimpico.
Inter boss Luciano Spalletti shrugged off the controversy and felt a 2-2 draw was “valuable for both Roma and Inter, because it shows we are on the right track.” However, supporters weren’t impressed by the Nerazzurri’s performance considering their opponents were missing a whole host of key players.
Now Inter – 11 points behind Juventus – travel to Turin have returned just W3-D2-L2 against clubs currently in 11th or above in 2018/19. Atalanta put four past Spaletti’s side in their November meeting and that soft centre could be exposed against a relentless Juventus side on Friday night.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Juventus -0.75 at 1.780
Preview by: @MarkOHaire.
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