Internazionale drops in grade following consecutive Italian Serie A draws against Lazio, Fiorentina and Roma with a road trip to SPAL providing the Black and Blues with an excellent opportunity to post their 13th league win of the season.
Without an Italian Serie A victory since the first week of December, Internazionale has slid out of title contention during the pre- and post-Christmas period, occupying the fourth rung on the ladder below Napoli, Juventus and Lazio. That Internazionale is 11 points off Napoli’s Italian Serie A-leading pace must be incredibly frustrating to Black and Blues fans because their team has not lost to a side ranked higher than ninth and their record includes away draws at both the Partenopei and second-placed Juventus plus four points from their series versus fifth-ranked Roma.
Whereas Udinese is the lowest positioned Italian Serie A team to which Internazionale has lost, the ninth-placed Little Zebras are the highest ranked side over which SPAL has registered a win and it was a marginal one in Ferrara five months ago. SPAL is struggling to retain its Italian Serie A membership card with its 3-7-11 record positioning it 18th on the ladder, two points adrift of safety.
One’s Italian Serie A collateral form numbers suggest that Internazionale is worth a bet at -161 with BetVictor to get the better of SPAL on Sunday because the Black and Blues are overpriced. According to one’s Italian Serie A collateral form analysis, Internazionale enjoys a 15-3-1 lead over SPAL, including an 8-0-0 advantage if one just counts results of games featuring opponents in the top eight. Internazionale beat SPAL 2-0 in September’s reverse Italian Serie A fixture with a goal either side of half time.
Lazio defeated Udinese 3-0 in one of the rescheduled Italian Serie A matches that took place on Wednesday and one thinks that the White and Sky Blues are worth backing to extend their league winning streak to four games with a triumph over Milan at +155 with BetVictor when the teams go toe to toe on Sunday.
Italian Serie A top scorer Ciro Immobile did not feature for Lazio in its midweek victory over Udinese but the reports are that the prolific marksman will be, at the very least, among the White and Sky Blues substitutes versus Milan. The reverse Italian Serie A fixture in September ended 4-1 in favour of Lazio and one’s number crunching suggests that the White and Sky Blues should be the betting favourites for this weekend’s rematch even though they are on the road. According to one’s Italian Serie A collateral form analysis, Lazio boasts a 14-1-4 edge over Milan and Napoli is the only team in the top nine against which the White and Sky Blues have performed less creditably than the Red and Blacks. If you are looking for a damning Italian Serie A statistic on Milan try this one for size – the Red and Blacks are 0-0-7 versus their fellow top-eight sides, including being 0-0-3 without a goal scored in their three such home matches.
Cagliari’s suspensions mean that one could make a case for backing Crotone to win their Italian Serie A clash on Sunday and there is a fair argument for backing Fiorentina to beat Verona but one’s third and final pick is 10th-placed Torino to post a Sunday success over bottom-ranked Benevento at odds of -244 with 888Sport. Just Napoli has defeated Torino in Italian Serie A action since late October and, according to one’s collateral form analysis, the Maroons hold a 13-3-3 advantage over the promoted team that is heading back to the second division.
Below are one’s Italian Serie A collateral form numbers for all of the upcoming round’s 10 games.
Inter to beat SPAL
Sunday 28th January, 11:30 GMT
Lazio to beat AC Milan
Sunday 28th January, 17:00 GMT
Torino to beat Benevento
Sunday 28th January, 14:00 GMT