Preview - Inter Milan vs Roma 21 April 19

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Match Day 33
Inter Milan vs. Roma
Sunday, April 21st 2019
03:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: San Siro

Inter Milan: 
Last five matches form: W L W D W
Average goals per match: 1.56
Average goals against per match: 0.81
Top Scorer: Mauro Icardi (10)

Last five matches form: L L D W W
Average goals per match: 1.78
Average goals against per match: 1.41
Top Scorer: Stephen El Shaarawy (9)

It's a big one at the San Siro on Match Day 33 in Serie A as third placed Inter Milan play host to fifth placed Roma. With just six points between the sides headed into the game, a win for Roma will make things look that bit tighter in the race for the Champion's League. A home win meanwhile would all but secure Inters participation in Europe's Premier club competition next season.

There was nothing to split the sides in the reverse of this fixture, with the game at the Stadio Olimpico finishing up in a 2-2 draw. It was also all square in the game here last season; 1-1 the score on that occasion.

Sime Vrsaljko and Marcelo Brozovic miss out through injury for the home side. Davide Santon, Diego Perotti and Rick Karsdorp are all out for Roma.

Following a run of seven home wins on the spin, Inter have now picked up maximum points in just two of their last five games here. There excellent defence will always give them a chance though. They haven't conceded more than once in any of their last 14 games here - registering nine clean sheets.

Roma may be a little disappointed in their away record with the Wolves have registered just the six wins from 16 on the road, and concerningly they have conceded two or more in three of their last four.

There doesn't look to be too much between the sides from an attacking perspective, but we give Inter a big edge in defence. That in combination with home advantage can see them pick up the points here.

Prediction: Inter Milan 2 - 1 Roma


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots:  21 - 9
Shots on target: 5 - 5
Corner Kicks: 7 - 4
Possession: 72% - 28%

Matias Vecino was the only player to be booked for the home side. Bryan Cristante and Nicolo Zaniolo of Roma also had their names taken by referee Marco Guida.

It was Inter Milan who dominated possession and total efforts on goal, but that was probably expected with them being the home side. Roma were certainly effective with the ball they did have though, matching Inter in terms of efforts on target.

Both sides were creating chances early, but it was Inter who first came close to opening the scoring. Lautaro Martinez getting up well to direct a header towards the bottom left but being thwarted by an excellent save from Antonio Mirante.

Almost immediately after that let-off Roma took the lead in the 14th minute. Stephan El Shaarawy receiving the ball on the left, allowed to carry the ball to around 25 yards out and curling a power packed strike into the right-hand side. 0-1 at the break.

The equaliser arrived in the 61st minute. Danilo D'Ambrosio receiving the ball towards the right corner of the eighteen-yard box and playing an excellent cross to the left corner of the six-yard box. Ivan Perisic the man arriving to finish with a diving header into the top right.

The home side had the better of the closing stages, but other than one chance which was blazed over by Martinez weren't able to create anything clear cut. 1-1 it finished.

This point was probably more beneficial to Inter than Roma, with the Milan side remaining six points clear of the Wolves in the race for the Champion's League. That said, with AC Milan only drawing this weekend, Roma do remain only one point off the top four, so still have every chance.

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