Game: Parma v Inter Milan
League: Italy – Serie A
Time: 2:45 pm EST
1st place Inter Milan take on 19th place Parma.
Will Inter Milan take this game lightly and rest a few players with Atalanta on deck this weekend? Inter manager Antonio Conte has been quoted stating the seriousness in which Inter must take this game and the respect his side must have for their opponents. Although Inter sit atop the league, their lead is not comfortable. Conte has confirmed he will play a strong lineup versus Parma.
Inter rank 1st in total goals scored (2.50 GF/g), and concede an avg. of 1.00 GA/g. In Inters 17 wins this season, 13 have come by 2+ goals. Inter have failed to score in only 1 Serie A game this season and have scored 2+ goals on 18 occasions.
Parma rank last in goals scored (0.79 per game), and concede 1.96 GA/g. In Parma’s 12 losses this season, 10 have come by 2+ goals.
When these two teams met back on October 31st, it ended in a 2-2 draw. The game was sandwiched in between Inter travelling to Ukraine 3 days prior and Spain 3 days later for Champions League matches. Inter were also without leading striker Lukaku who is available for this fixture. Inter outshot Parma 25-5 and missed many chanced to breakaway in the game.
Inter have a fully fit squad, including the return of Hakimi after serving a one match suspension.
Inter have been in top form with 5 wins and 1 draw in their past 6, scoring 17 goals and conceding 1. Parma have not won a Serie A game since Nov 30th and have allowed 2+ goals in 11 of their last 12 matches.
When teams such as Inter and Parma kick-off against each other, the stats will always lean towards the giant. But we have more than enough value in this game knowing the tactics, player availability, and motivation. The numbers are just the icing on the cake.
Dee’s Best Bet:
Inter Milan -1.75 Asian Handicap (+100) Good to -125
I am risking 1u to win 1u
(This pick can also be found as Inter Milan -1.5,-2.0)