The rules in place for next season mean that the top four finishers in Italy will all reach the Champions League group stage without the need for any qualifiers. With Inter currently in fifth and just a point behind Roma and Lazio in third and fourth respectively, returning to Europe’s elite competition for the first time since 2012 is a real possibility. To do so, though, the Milan-based club will probably require points from each of their remaining four fixtures – starting with the champions and leaders Juventus on Saturday night.
A run of three matches without scoring was ended with back-to-back wins over Cagliari and Chievo, so Luciano Spalletti’s squad are hitting form at the right time. They have been much more consistent than last season, when they finished seventh, and have four more points already. Their strong record of just four defeats – the league’s third best – has been built on the back of some strong defensive organisation and just 23 goals conceded.
Juventus are once again in first place, though despite winning the last six Scudettos they are far from guaranteed to retain the trophy and could have to win their last four games to do so. Last week a late defeat to Napoli meant that their advantage was closed to a single point and their challengers have all the momentum; add to the fact that Inter have lost just once at the San Siro all season and the Old Lady are in real trouble.
Juve’s away form makes the match even more interesting as they have suffered one loss all season and conceded in just two of their past eight.
Given the importance of the match to both sides, it should be a fascinating spectacle in the latest Derby d'Italia and Tipbet have 63 markets as part of their Serie A offering. A draw is rated as a likely outcome at 3.20, while Inter are 3.25 to inflict a potentially catastrophic defeat on the league leaders. Juventus avoiding a loss is at a generous 1.35 with the sports bookmakers.
There are many other markets for all the other weekend fixtures.