Juventus are on track for another Serie A title if they continue their stellar season, but will now have a tough task. They will play host to Inter Milan on Friday, in the first match of the 15th round of the Serie A. Inter Milan have been in terrible shape lately and their defense looks pretty bad. Both teams have Champions League matches coming in just a few days, but it is Inter Milan who are in a much harder spot.
Date/Time: 12-7-2018, 14:30 EST
Spread: Inter Milan +1
Total: 2.5 Goals
Juventus (13-0-1) are coming off a great 3-0 away win against Fiorentina over the weekend, but it was not as easy as the final score suggests. It was a really balanced match between the two sides, on both halves. Juventus took the lead at the 31st minute with Betancur and were lucky not to concede. The second half was pretty much the same, with Fiorentina trying to pull even but being unable to. Juventus scored two more goals to eventually record a somewhat comfortable win. That was their fourth consecutive win in all competitions, also keeping clean sheets in each one. Juventus are still sitting at the top of the league table with 40 points, still eight ahead of Napoli. They have the best offense with 31 goals and the best defense with just 8 conceded. They have been equally good at home so far (6-0-1), where they also have two wins and a loss for the Champions League. They have already qualified from their Champions League group, but will have to grab at least a point in their last match in order to qualify as first. Juventus will be missing Khedira on this one, while Can and Alex Sandro are being listed as questionable.
On the other hand, Inter Milan (9-3-2) played a really competitive match on the road against Roma in their last match. The two teams played a really similar match overall, and the 2-2 draw was a pretty fair result. Inter Milan took the lead at the 37th minute with Keita but their opponents pulled even at the 51st. Inter Milan took the lead once again at the 66th minute with Icardi but Roma pulled even once again at the 74th minute from the penalty spot. Prior to that they lost by 0-1 on the road against Tottenham in the Champions League and are now sitting 3rd in the group. They have just as many points as Tottenham (7) and they will host the already eliminated PSV Eindhoven in their last match looking for a win. All in all they have won just one of their last five in all competitions (1-2-2). As far as the Serie A is concerned, Inter Milan are now sitting at the 3rd spot of the Serie A with 29 points, four ahead of Milan and three behind Napoli. They have been quite solid on the road so far in the league (4-2-1), where they also have two losses and a win in the Champions League. But they have won just one of their last five away matches in all competitions (1-3-1). They will be missing Nainggolan and Dalbert on this one due to injuries.
The two teams split the points in a goal-less draw in this venue last season, before Juventus won by 3-2 in Milan. They have been really good in this match-up in the last five years (7-2-4), and have alos been great as hosts. Juventus are undefeated against Inter Milan here since 2012 (4-0-2) and have kept clean sheets in each of the last four.
Inter Milan have a crucial match for the Champions League in just a few days, but this is also a huge match for them. I believe that they are more interested in a win in the Champions League, because it is their last chance to progress. They might be a little careful here so I will take the home team to cover the spread.
Serie A Juventus vs Inter Milan Prediction: Juventus -1 (+100)
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