Preview - Inter Milan vs Hellas Verona 31 March 2018

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Match Day 30
Inter Milan vs Hellas Verona
Saturday, March 31st, 2018
22:00 pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: San Siro

Inter Milan: 
Last five matches form: W L W D W
Average goals per match: 1.7
Average goals against per match: 0.8
Top Scorer: Mauro Icardi (22)

Hellas Verona:
Last five matches form: L L W W L
Average goals per match: 0.9
Average goals against per match: 2.0
Top Scorer: Giampaolo Pazzini and Moise Kean (4)

Two sides with very differing goals meet at the San Siro this weekend as relegation threatened Hellas Verona take on an Inter Milan side in the midst of a battle for Champions League qualification.

Andrea Ranocchia looks like being the only absentee for Inter Milan. Likewise, Hellas Verona have just the one injury concern, but it's a significant one, with joint top scorer Moise Kean set to miss out.

It's pretty easy to see why Verona are in the position they are in. They simply cant defend. Allowing opponents an average of over 22 shots per game away from home is never going to work out particularly well, and so it has proved with Hellas conceding two or more goals in 10 of their 13 away fixtures to date. Not many teams would have the attacking prowess to overcome that sort of handicap and needless to say Verona don't.

Inter's form has certainly dipped a little of late, with only two wins in their past six at the San Siro. They haven't lost in that time though and with Mauro Icardi arriving on a high following his four goal salvo ahead of the international break, the home side can at least be expected to hit Verona's average of two goals conceded per game. Do that and they will almost certainly bag the three points.

Prediction: Inter Milan 2 - 1 Hellas Verona


Half time: 2 - 0
Full time: 3 - 0
Shots: 24 - 8
Shots on target: 5 - 1
Corner Kicks: 5 - 3
Possession: 69% - 31%

Roberto Gagliardini was the only player booked for Inter. Marcel Buechel, Mohamed Fares and Romulo all found their way into referee Gianluca Rocchi's notebook for Hellas Verona whilst Nicolas also received a late red card.

A dominant display from Inter here, getting in front early and never relinquishing control of the game.

Fresh from his four goal blitz last time out it was the in-form Mauro Icardi who opened the scoring in the very first minute. Played straight in on goal direct from a throw in on the left-hand side Icardi finished first time across the keeper and into the bottom right hand corner.

1-0 became 2-0 in the 13th minute. The Verona defence found wanting once again, this time being undone by a long ball from Marcelo Brozovic which played in Ivan Perisic. Another clinical finish, this time with the Croatian firing in off the near post.

There was really only ever one team in this, but despite further chances the score line remained 2-0 headed into half-time.

The third came in the 49th minute. Verona losing possession down the left-hand side and Perisic taking full advantage to advance on the box before playing a defence splitting cross to the far post where Icardi slid in for the tap in.

Each side did hit the post in the remainder of the game, but the destination of the points had long since been decided and 3-0 it remained.

Inter Milan maintain their position in fourth place but have now closed the gap to third placed Roma to just two points.

Hellas Verona remain deep in trouble, still second bottom and four points adrift of safety.

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