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Inter vs. Genoa Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

20 December 2019

.Inter striker Romelu Lukaku; Spin Sports BlogSource: Daniele Mascolo, Action Images/Reuters

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After some recent setbacks, Inter need to get back on track when a struggling Genoa come to San Siro on Saturday. The pressure mounts on Thiago Motta as his side is stuck in the relegation zone and could need a big scalp to boost their confidence ahead of the winter break.

Past Meetings

During the last 31 meetings between the two sides, Genoa have won eight against the Nerazzurri and will need to pull something out of the hat when they travel to Milan this weekend. The last two matches against Inter have ended in losses and the home side have accumulated nine goals in the last two games against the Rossoblu. You only need to go three matches back until you find the first Genoa win, as the team from Ligura and even more surprisingly, during the last eight meetings one of the teams have left the pitch without scoring.

Inter won 5-0 at home last season, under Luciano Spalletti, when Roberto Gagliardini scored a brace for the home side. The last time Genoa won at the Giuseppe Meazza was in 1994, when they won the match 3-1. Inter’s 4-0 win in Genoa last season was the first time the away side had won this meeting since 2015, and ended a run of 15 games with a home win between the two.

Team News

Inter are looking tired and Antonio Conte eagerly awaits the winter break, as he’s looking to recover some key members of his troops. Antonio Candreva also injured his back against Roma this month and had to miss the last match against Fiorentina. Kwadwo Asamoah is doubtful because of a problem in his knee, whilst Roberto Gagliardini, Nicolo Barella and Stefano Sensi are not expected back before the break. Alexis Sanchez is still out through his peroneus tendon injury and is expected back mid-January.

Genoa have been struggling without Cristian Zapata and Lukas Leranger since late November, whilst Riccardo Saponara picked up an ankle injury in the start of this month. Goran Pandev is still out suspended after insulting a referee during the draw against Lecce, but Motta has got Kevin Agudelo back from his one-match ban.

Inter vs. Genoa Preview and Predictions

Inter will have to bounce back from two consecutive draws against Roma and Fiorentina, but another draw may be backed at 5.00 this weekend. The Nerazzurri have been lacking energy lately and the fatigue seems to have gotten to the squad full of absentees after a difficult few months with two competitions.

Inter also lost to Barcelona in a crunch game in the group stage of the Champions League and are currently on a run of three games without a win when Genoa come to town, but the away side doesn’t seem confident of having a go at the current league leaders – Inter sharing the top spot with Juventus on 39 points.

The home side may be backed at 1.35 to secure a win at home against Genoa and they will need to keep up their unbeaten run of nine league games to keep up with Juventus pace in the League.

Motta’s stint as coach for Genoa started with some good football and his possession focused playing style might not suit a bottom half team in Italy and the axe looms over the boss after 16 games this season. The Rossoblu are currently four points away from safety and a loss against local rivals Sampdoria didn’t help the unexperienced manager last weekend.

Genoa are without a win since they beat Brescia 3-1 on October 26 and have gone seven league games without collecting more than three points. The 2-2 draw against Lecce cost them two players and they suffered against Doria during the Derby della Lanterna last Saturday. This weekend Goran Pandev is back for the away side, but the record is bleak for Genoa, who last beat Empoli 3-1 away in January this year. An away win may be backed at 9.25 this Saturday.

Empoli ended up going down to Serie B and if the form away from home doesn’t change anytime soon for Genoa, they might end up doing the same.

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Inter to win to nil at 2.20

The home side usually win in this head-to-head and Genoa are looking toothless going forward this season. They’ve only scored 17 times in 16 games and have only scored three times in their last five games, including two against Lecce. The home side need to pick up three points ahead of the break and will be happy also with a narrow and organised win.

Both teams not to score at 1.80

Inter are suffering from a lot of injuries but should be fine at the back and will have their experienced defenders ready to stop a struggling Genoa. The last eight meetings between the two sides have ended with one of the teams leaving the pitch without scoring and it could continue at San Siro this weekend.

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