Preview - Inter Milan vs Udinese 16 December 18

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Match Day 16
Inter Milan vs. Udinese
Sunday, December 16th 2018
01:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: San Siro

Inter Milan: 
Last five matches form: W L W D L
Average goals per match: 1.80
Average goals against per match: 0.87
Top Scorer: Mauro Icardi ( 8 )

Udinese:
Last five matches form: L L W D L
Average goals per match: 0.87
Average goals against per match: 1.40
Top Scorer: Rodrigo de Paul (6)

Third plays fourth bottom on Match Day 16 in Serie A as Inter Milan welcome Udinese to the San Siro in the opening game of the weekend.

Udinese stunned Inter when coming out on top 3-1 in this game last season. Inter did gain their revenge though when winning 4-0 in Udinese.

Dalbert is the only confirmed absentee for Inter Milan at this stage. Samir, Molla Wagué, Lukasz Teodorczyk and Emmanuel Badu all miss out for Udinese.

Inter Milan head into this game on something of a low. Having performed with real credit in a tough Champions League section, they needed only to beat PSV at home in order to progress. They couldn't manage it though and so drop into the Europa League. Still firmly in the mix for Champions League qualification this season though, they will be looking to bounce straight back here.

Inter have won their past five on the spin here in Serie A, scoring 13 and conceding just once.

Udinese can hardly be said to be heading into the game on a high either having slumped to a 3-1 defeat at home to Atalanta last time out. They have won just once on the road this season - at Chievo - but have drawn at Sassuolo, Genoa and Parma.

Inter are the far superior side on paper and have demonstrated on more than one occasion already this season that they have plenty of character within the squad. We expect them to dust themselves down well enough to pick up the win here.
Prediction: Inter Milan 3 - 1 Udinese


Harry85

Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots:  15 - 7
Shots on target: 4 - 1
Corner Kicks: 10 - 0
Possession: 65% - 35%

Kwadwo Asamoah, Matteo Politano and Lautaro Martinez were booked for the home side at the San Siro, with referee Rosario Abisso also taking the name of Juan Musso of Udinese.

A close result on the score line in the end, and whilst Inter couldn't manage a goal from open play on the day, they would have been a little hard done by had they not picked up the points in this one having dominated pretty much throughout.

Inter were making most of the early running and looking dangerous from set-pieces. Marcelo Brozovic glancing a header only narrowly wide when getting on the end of a corner at the near post.

Keita Balde probably came closest to opening the scoring in the first half with a rasping effort from the edge of the area which Juan Musso was forced to tip over his crossbar. 0-0 at the break though.

Udinese's only real clear chance of the game came towards the start of the second half when Rolando Mandragora was picked out with time and space toward the left in the eighteen-yard box. Unfortunately for the visitors he could only blaze well over.

The games definitive moment came in the 76th minute. VAR intervened to flag up a hand ball in the area following an Inter corner from the left and the referee pointing to the spot. Mauro Icardi - who had earlier missed an excellent chance with his head from six yards - stepping up to finish with a cheeky Panenka down the middle. And that's all Inter needed to pick up the points. 1-0 final score.

Inter stay third as they rebound from their midweek disappointment in the Champion's League in good style. Udinese remain perilously close to the relegation zone, fourth bottom and only two points clear of the drop zone.










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