Serie A Match Preview: Inter vs. Chievo Verona

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Updated: January 8, 2014
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Match Date: 13 January 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

 

Internazionale

Obtaining their third defeat this season, Inter was not poised to a ‘happy’ new year. The 1-0 finish from Lazio also marked the second consecutive time that Internazionale succumbed to their opponents as visitors. Their war at the Stadio San Paolo had the side concede four goals to Napoli and score only two. At the Stadio Olimpico, Inter were denied of a goal-less deadlock after Lazio’s Miroslav Klose netted a goal only nine minutes before full time.

 

Despite the two recent losses, Inter are still placed within the tournament’s higher reaches, thanks to the eight wins and seven draws they achieved from their fixtures. Raking 31 points and posting a +15 goal difference, the side are far from spiraling down the relegation zone.

 

Chievo Verona

Chievo’s stance as a dark horse in the competition can be best seen in their stunts away from home. The current 16th placers have had their supporters think over their form, baffling them with a slightly inconsistent performance on the road. In their last five away matches, the squad achieved two victories, one draw, and two defeats.  Their away wins were impressive, bagging clean sheets from archrivals Hellas Verona and relegation candidates Sassuolo—both on a 0-1 finish.

 

In their most recent tourney, Chievo were held in a goal-less draw by Cagliari. The meeting at the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi provided both sides many chances to convert, but the defensive clash prevented any maneuver to go inside the net. Cagliari’s Mauricio Pinilla could have canceled out the deadline after he was awarded with a second-half spot-kick, but blew it away when he shot over from 12 yards.

 

Online betting tip: Inter may give at-risk Chievo a hard time in the pitch. The home side are quite good in defending set pieces and finishing scoring chances—skills that the visitors struggle to have.

 

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