Roma v Inter – Sunday 20th January 7:45pm – Live on ESPN
Game of the weekend in Serie A sees AS Roma host Inter Milan at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday evening. Inter will need the victory to stay among the pack chasing the scudetto, while their hosts are looking to win to keep them in the race for a European place next season.
Roma have not had a successful 2013 in Serie A so far. Both their league fixtures this year have been away from home and they have been defeated on both trips. They were narrowly beaten by Catania last week and took a hammering 4-1 at Napoli the week before that. They did, however, win on the road in the Coppa Italia in midweek at Fiorentina with an extra time Winner by Mattia Destro giving them a 1-0 victory.
Their home form, luckily for them, is much better, and they have only suffered two defeats in home fixtures so far this season. Erik Lamela and Pablo Osvaldo are the main goalscoring threats for the giallorossi with 10 goals apiece so far this season. Osvaldo is set to miss out due to injury, so Lamela to open the scoring at an inviting price of 6/1 (Betfred, Coral, Totesport) would be my choice.
Inter are looking to keep in touch with the three teams above them in the table but an ever-growing injury list is hampering them somewhat. Playmaker Antonio Cassano is on that list so won’t appear against his former club.
Cassano’s replacement is former Lazio striker Tommaso Rocchi, and he’ll be the main threat for the nerazzurri. I don’t see too many other potential goal threats in the Inter side as injury has ruled most of them out.
They may well be looking at set pieces for their goals, and so Cristian Chivu might be worth a punt. He strikes a mean free-kick from distance, and is good in the air and will come up from corners. He’s also a former Roma player, so if you believe in former player syndrome, he could be the one for you. He’s 8/1 (Bet365) to score anytime.
With all of Inter’s selection problems, this is a great chance for Roma to try and close the gap to their opposition and the teams above them in the Serie A table. They’ll kick themselves if they pass that opportunity, but I think they will at 19/20 (BetVictor).