It’s time for arguably, the biggest game in Italian football. Internazionale travel to Turin to face up against their eternal rivals, Juventus in the Derby D’Italia (the Derby of Italy).
With Inter making a slow climb back to world football prominence, this season’s Derby D’Italia will have an added bite that was missing from the past editions. Make no mistake, Juventus are by far the best side in Italy, but Inter are climbing in that direction.
Inter’s injury troubles are getting better
The Nerazzurri had a disappointing 2-2 draw against AS Roma at the Stadio Olimpico last weekend. Before that, they lost to Tottenham in the Champions League at Wembley. These two results can be attributed to lack of personnel, especially Radja Nainggolan and Sime Vrsjalko.
The good news for Inter fans is that the Croatian fullback has returned and will most likely be in the XI against Juventus. Nainggolan, however, along with Dalbert, play no part.
For the hosts, there are a few high-profile absentees. Sami Khedira and Andrea Barzagli are ruled out of the game. Alex Sandro, who’s carrying a minor knock, will most likely not be utilized by Massimiliano Allegri.
Emre Can has made a recovery, but Rodrigo Bentancur’s form will most likely keep the German on the bench.
Juventus’ blistering form
It’s hard to argue that Juventus are currently the most in-form side, not just in Italy, but all of Europe. The Old Lady are undefeated in 14 games in the Serie A and sit comfortably on top, with 40 points. 13 of their 14 games have ended up in a win with their only draw coming against Genoa in October. Juventus, in fact, have only lost one game in their last five in all competitions. That being a fairly shocking 1-2 loss to Manchester United in the Champions League.
Allegri had a brilliant squad at his disposal last season. The summer acquisition of Cristiano Ronaldo has bolstered that and Juve look close to being invincible.
The visitors are currently third in the table with 29 points. Still, it must be mentioned that they’ve given top-drawer performances against other Serie A heavyweights. Inter emerged victorious in the Derby della Maddonnina, destroyed Lazio 3-0 at the Stadio Olimpico and drew 2-2 with Roma. Juventus, therefore, will not have it easy against their biggest rivals.