As expected, Inter bowed to Lazio in Rome after coach Stramaccioni decided to field a rather defensive minded formation. For the Coppa Italia fixture, the Milanese have no reason to take any precautions because they will be facing a team that comes to San Siro focused exclusively on preventing the hosts from scoring.
Match: Inter Milano vs Verona
Bet: Inter Milano -1.5 goals
Odds: Pinnacle 2.00
Diego Milito and Cassano will once again feature upfront, despite the fact that neither of them were impressive in the previous round. If Milito scored just one match before, Cassano is struggling to prove that he still has plenty in his tank, despite the fact that he crossed the 30 years barrier. A player whose contribution shouldn’t be overlooked is Guarin who starts just behind the two strikers, as the 26-year-old Colombian frequently steps up to threaten the net.
Verona is doing just fine for a second flight team, but their record against Internazionale Milano is extremely poor and the visitors are well aware of it. This is why, coach Mandorlini will only start with veteran Cacia in the offense, as he is the team’s goal getter with 10 goals in 17 games. The problem is that he is already 29 years old and speed is not his main asset, so he will be highly dependent on passes coming from the midfield. This is the area that Inter dominates even against better teams, so Cacia will be provided with very few useful balls.
Inter has lost an excellent opportunity of closing the gap separating them from leading Juventus and the pack of contenders is now getting thicker. With an easy feature against Genoa on Saturday, the Milanese can focus exclusively on this Coppa Italia fixture without resting key players. Pinnacle’s proposition of 2.00 odds for a home victory by at least two goals makes perfect sense and should be accepted with no hesitations.