A massive game in the Serie A title race is scheduled for Sunday March 1, 2020 as first place Juventus host third place Inter Milan. This game will be played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus infiltrating most of Italy.
Juventus enter the weekend in first place in Serie A, but it is a tight three race at the top of the table. The Azzurri hold a one point lead over second place Lazio and a six point lead over Inter Milan – though Inter do have a game in hand after their game last weekend got postponed. Juventus still have the second leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final clash with AC Milan, it is tied 1-1 after the first leg in Milan, and Juve also have the second leg of their Round of 16 Champions League match-up where they currently trail Lyon 1-0.
Inter are one of the three teams fighting for the Serie A title and can get within three points with a win Sunday. The club from Milan are also busy in other competitions as they are currently waiting to see who they draw in the Europa League Round of 16 and also have the second leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final against Napoli.
Below is my pick for the Serie A action between Juventus and Inter Milan. All odds are from PointsBet Iowa Sportsbook.
Juventus (+115) vs Inter Milan (+230) Draw (+250)
Juventus went to France, to take on mid-table Ligue One squad Lyon, and left with a very disappointing 1-0 defeat. Juve looked content to just pass the ball side-to-side as they were only able to register one shot on goal the entire game. It was a terrible result for Juve, but they will still be confident to advance as the second leg is in Turin. The loss snapped Juve’s two game winning streak and three game unbeaten run. Juve is one of two unbeaten teams at home in Italy as they have won 34 points thanks to an 11-1 record so far this season. With this game being in front on no spectators it will take away a lot of the home field advantage.
It looked like it could be an uncomfortable last hour for Inter Milan, in their Europa League clash against Ludogorets, but two goals late in the first half put this two-legged tie to bed. Romelu Lukaku scored the game winning goal in the fourth minute of the first half stoppage time as Inter now find themselves in the last 16. The win was Inter’s second straight win after the club went on a brief two game losing streak. Inter are the best road club in Italy having won 29 points thanks to a 9-2-1 record.
Series History: There have been 250 Derby d’Italia match-ups and it is Juventus who holds a 111-62-77 advantage. The team from Turin also holds a 356-323 goal advantage in this derby.
Pick: This is going to be a weird atmosphere, but I think it is going to benefit Inter, so I am backing them to get all three points Sunday. Give me Inter Milan +230 in this crucial Serie A match.
2020 Results: 27-17