A classic for the leadership is the great attraction of the sixteenth round of the Italian Championship in its 2017/2018 edition. Juventus and Internazionale will face this Saturday, December 9, at Allianz Stadium in Turin. The kickoff is scheduled for 17:45.
The recent performance of Juventus
After many swings at the start of the season, Turin’s alvinegro has achieved two crucial victories in decisive games. The first of them was in the Italian Championship. In the day of number 15, in Naples, defeated Napoli, until then unbeaten leader of Serie a, by 1 to 0.
It completed the perfect week on Tuesday, December 5, when it reached the standings for the last 16 of the European Champions League. In the sixth and final round of the group stage of the tournament they defeated Olympiacos in Greece 2-0.
The gains went beyond winning. The safety that the Old Lady used to show in previous seasons, when she lifted the Italian Championship title six consecutive times, returned. For the first time in the season the team made a series of four games without having their defense leaked.
He did this thanks to the collective force, although he suffered with problems of contusion in the rear. Three industry players are in the medical department. They are the experienced Giorgio Chiellini (11 matches in the 2017/2018 Italian Championship without a goal), German Benedikt Howedes (a game without a goal) and Swiss Stephan Lichsteiner (13 matches, no goal).
All of them must undergo a new evaluation before the classic to know if they can be available to coach Massimiliano Allegri to face Internazionale in an attempt to achieve the leadership, although temporary, of the Italian Championship.
Juventus, with 37 points (12 wins, a draw and two defeats), occupies the third position. They are only two fewer than the Internazionale (12 wins and three draws), the only team still unbeaten in the tournament. Among them is Napoli, who has 38 points (12 wins, two draws and a loss), which will only play in this round on Sunday. At home, there’s also a classic ahead. Go get Fiorentina.
The current form of Internazionale
Dismissed by Roma at the end of last season, coach Luciano Spalletti promoted a small revolution at Internazionale. The team already showed signs of technical improvement in the previous season since higher investments in hirings were made by the group of Chinese investors who came to control the club. Collectively, however, the team had many flaws. This caused the dismissal of Dutch coach Frank de Boer in record time. It ended up compromising the whole season.
Spalletti managed to make the team more balanced. The attack, which even produced well, continued to work. He scored 33 goals. It is the fourth best of Serie A. The defense, which conceded goals easily, took special attention and began to bear fruit. With ten hits suffered is the least leakage of Serie A.
That way the team packed an unbeaten series of 17 matches. There were 14 wins and three draws. The sequence was started just last season. With Spalletti, Inter have not lost official matches.
History of the matches Juventus vs Internazionale
In the last season of the Italian Championship, the house factor was decisive in the classic. In Inter Milan won 2-1. In Turin, Juventus scored 1 to 0.
The expectation is of a match of extreme balance. The Internazionale has been able to use the weapons very well that have been taking advantage of not having qualified for continental tournaments last season. This has given coach Luciano Spaletti more time to train.
Juventus, however, underwent a small process of reformulation that seems to be reaching only its apex. It also has the house factor. In the Italian Championship, he won seven of eight matches played in his stadium. This makes it the best guess option for grief. It has a price of 1.70 in Rivalo. Draw shows return of 3.70 and successful visitor multiplies the investment by 5.00.