INTER - ROMA
These two take the competition seriously and have won the last four runnings between them , two each, including meeing in the final last season, so we can expect them to give of their best tonight. Both played poorly at the weekend, but Roma did manage a win and must be given great credit for getting back into the hunt for a Champions League spot, after a dismal start to their season. They are currently just five points off 4th place and having closed the gap so much, they were 14 adrift just eight games back, will not want to throw that away and will surely have one eye, on a very tough trip to Napoli at the weekend. Inter were dire in the 3-1 defeat at Atalanta, their consolation came right at the death and they could easily have been 4 or 5 goals down, maybe more. They lacked fire, I am sure that Mourinho will have worked overtime on his team since then and expect that he has given them a tough time and will not be giving any of them, a place to hide. He is expecting an immediate reaction from his players and said "The group on the pitch will be the same as in the last matches, the one I consider the strongest possible, and Ibrahimovic, Zanetti, Muntari, Cambiasso and Maicon will definitely play" .
The Nerazzurri seem to only play their best against the better opposition, I have seen this so many times in recent seasons and it was true again in the earlier meeting this season, when they went to the Olimpico and won 4-0, in a truly commanding performance, Roma had been unbeaten in 19 Serie A games (16-3-0) since their previous home loss, a 4-1 defeat to ............... yes, you guessed it,Inter of course.
Surely we will see the real Inter tonight and I am happy to bet them at the odds on offer.
6.5 points Inter -1/2 ball 1.93 asian line.