Saturday, February 12, 2011

Italian Serie A Round 25 - Juventus vs Inter - Preview

The two most successful teams in the history of the Serie A will face each other yet again in round 27 of the Serie A. The rivalry between the Bianconeri and the Neazzurri is one of the most intense in the world. It stretches far beyond the pitch into the ranks of management and with the fans. Recently Inter have asserted their dominance over the Turin giants, however a desperate Juventus side will look to go go one up this season after drawing their first match with the Milan side.

Last season the Derby D'Italia finished one game a piece with both games proving to be absolute crackers. Both teams have had mixed seasons. Juventus on one hand starting brilliantly, but fading off into obscurity, whilst Inter have just started to pick up the pace under new coach Leonardo. Both teams have made a host of new signings in the winter, with Pazzini and Matri about to get their first taste of the historic fixture.

Inter come into the game on a four game winning streak. After a stunning performance in a high scoring affair against Roma, a more defensive lineup is expected. They will also come into the match knowing that a Champions League clash against Bayern Munich is coming up.

Juventus' season is in shambles. With the chances of winning the Scudetto all but lost the Bianconeri will be hoping that they qualify in the top four positions, to ensure not only a Champions League spot but extra funding. Del Neri will also be under pressure, with a loss surely calling for his job to be put under review. Juve will hope that new signings Matri and Barzagli add a new dimension of play to the Turin side.

Juventus Team News: Quagliarella and Iaquinta will be missing upfront yet again, with Traore, Rinaudo and De Ceglie also missing from the squad. Alessandro Matri is expected to partner either Del Piero or Luca Toni upfront. After a good performance last week, Sissoko is expected to start along with Felipe Melo and Alberto Aquilani. Chiellini will be used a left back again after his stellar performances continue to make the flank a less vunerable part of Juventus' defence

Inter Milan Team News: Samuel and Lucio are two massive blows in defence for th Neazzurri. With Milito missing in attack it will be left to Pazzini to find the back of the net. Sneijder will control the midfield in the absence of Stankovic. Chivu is suspended after his terrible conduct against Bari. Rannochia and Zanetti are expected to be the Centre Back pairing for Inter.

As is similar to the Manchester Derby, a host of players will be missing from action. Nevertheless the game will prove crucial to both sides. Juventus will be looking to keep in contact with the top four, and Inter will want to break dow Milan's lead at the top. It is a game not to be missed and home advantage may just play a part.

Prediction - Juventus 2 - Inter 1