Inter vs. SPAL, Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

28 November 2019

Sunday 1 December

San Siro Serie A

Antonio Conte’s Inter are keeping up with Juventus at the top of Serie A, but need to deliver the goods again when SPAL 2013 visit on Sunday. The guests are in need of points, but will probably get better chances at a later date, as Inter are looking to continue their challenge for the Scudetto in 2019-20.

Inter striker Romelu Lukaku Source:Daniele Mascolo, Action Images/Reuters

Past Meetings

The two teams have only encountered four times and all of them have come after SPAL won promotion in 2017. Since then Inter haven’t lost to SPAL and are looking to continue that run to keep up with Juventus at the top of the League. Inter won both fixtures last season and secured a 2-0 win at home in March. Thanks to goals from Matteo Politano and Roberto Gagliardini, the won their third in four games against SPAL.

Team News

Inter lost Nicolò Barella to an injury during the 3-0 win and have got somewhat of an injury crisis in the midfield this term. Coach Conte is scratching his iris looking at the list of absentees including Kwadwo Asamoah, Stefano Sensi, Alexis Sanchez and Matteo Politano. This means Borja Valero might start his first Serie A game this season against SPAL and Roberto Gagliardini is expected to be fit to play again after being passed fit to feature during the midweek fixture against Sparta Prague in the Champions League. Cristiano Biraghi might get a game at left-back, if Asamoah is still absent.

SPAL will have to be without suspended Simone Missiroli, but will get both Nenad Tomovic and Thiago Cionek back from their respective bans. Federico Di Francesco returned in a 1-1 draw against Genoa last week and might be partnering the goal scorer from that match Andrea Petagna.

The visitors are still without Marco D’Alessandro and Mohamed Fares, who are both out with cruciate ligament ruptures and are not expected to be back before 2020.

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Inter have lifted the atmosphere at San Siro this season and the expectations are raised accordingly, when they play catch with Juventus in Serie A. The Nerazzurri are already seeing the impact of the tough fixture list in modern football and are suffering from a lack of depth in the squad. They are still getting results, though, and have impressed under the new coach Conte.

Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez are scoring the goals up front, whilst Conte’s compact defence are making the Italian rivals struggle to catch a break against an organised Inter team. The concern might lie in the midfield at the moment, as they are suffering from a fair few injuries on key members in the squad. They’ve got both experience and youth on the bench, but the real top quality Conte is seeking might only be found on the transfer market this winter. They need to keep up the good work before then and may be backed at 1.29 to win on Sunday, whilst SPAL can be backed at 11.75 to claim three points at the Giuseppe Meazza. A draw stands at 5.75.

The away side are suffering at the wrong end of the table, placed penultimate in the League and with only nine points from 13 games so far. It may be a stretch to get something from Inter this weekend, but they might fancy their chances when the opposition are missing key members of their first XI.

Leonardo Semplici’s men are travelling to Milan without anything to lose and will try to provide a nightmare for Conte & co, who also played on Wednesday in the Champions League this week. SPAL have claimed two points from their last two matches – against Udinese and Genoa – and could try to suck out the intensity of Inter’s play to secure a hat-trick of draws, looking to pounce when the possibilities occur. They have got many low scoring matches so far and picked up their first point on the road this season against Udinese before the international break.

Recommended Bets

Inter to win 1-0 at 8.00

Inter might be tired from the midweek match and will be looking to get the job done when SPAL come to visit. Injuries to a lot of the squad and a tireing fixture list might give them just enough to take another three points at home to SPAL.

Total Goals Under 2.5 at 2.25

SPAL are well known to play long and hard chess games to get some points on the board in the top division and they are on a run of eight games with two goals or less in their matches. The last time it ended with an Over 2.5 was against Lecce on September 25.

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