A big Serie A matchup is on the schedule for Friday as Inter Milan welcome AS Roma to the San Siro. Both teams currently occupy European spots, but neither want to drop points Friday.
Inter Milan enter matchday 15 atop the Serie A standing with a 12-1-1 record, good for 37 points. Inter lead second place Juventus by one point, but do have a seven point cushion over third place Lazio at the moment.
AS Roma enter Friday in fifth place, good for an automatic entry into the Europa League next season, but are hot on the trails of the Champions League spots. Roma are tied on points with Cagliari for fourth place, the final Champions League spot, and trail third place Lazio by just two points.
Below is my pick for the Serie A action between Inter Milan and AS Roma. All odds are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
Inter Milan (-115) vs AS Roma (+290) – Draw (+280)
Inter Milan enter play as one of the hottest teams in Serie A going undefeated in their last five games and going 8-1-1 in their last ten games. Inter’s goal differential over the past ten games is +10, which is tied with Juventus for the best goal differential during that span. Through 14 matches, Inter boast the second best goal differential in Serie A with a +18 margin, just trailing Lazio who has a +19 differential through 14 matches. At the San Siro, Inter has played seven matches and gone 5-1-1 with a +7 goal differential. Inter have not last at home since a 2-1 loss to Juventus two months ago.
AS Roma also enter Friday in fine form as they have gone 4-0-1 in their last five games and boast a +8 goal differential during that span. It is the same story over the past 10 games for Roma as well as they are 6-2-2- in their last 10 with a +8 goal differential. Through 14 matches this season, Roma have a +11 goal differential. Roma have been one of the better teams on the road this season going 4-2-1 with a +6 goal differential. AS Roma have won three of their last five road games.
Series History: These two clubs have met 194 times, in all competitions, and it is Inter who leads the all-time series 84-54-56 with a +60 goal differential. These two clubs drew each meeting last season with the score being 2-2 in Rome and 1-1 in Milan.
Game Prediction: I like Inter to stay red hot and get the win over Roma. Back Inter Milan +115 Friday.
YTD Results: 120-118.