Both sides come into this game on the back of disappointing defeats last time out, and will want to get back to winning ways in this encouter which looks a potential thriller.
Serie A 2019/2020
Date: Thursday July 9th
Venue: Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi
Hellas Verona were the surprise outfit of the Serie A season, having gone from promotion via the Serie B play-offs to challenging for a place in Europe, but all that momentum have been lost since the lockdown.
Sunday’s 2-0 loss to relegation candidates Brescia was as surprising as it was damaging, and have left them with just a solitary win from their last four games.
While there is room to make up for lost time and thus, challenge the likes of Napoli and AC Milan for an Europa League berth, a third defeat in five matches on Thursday night would leave I Gialloblu running the risk of dropping as far down to 12th place.
Their opposition Inter, on their part were left stunned after they let slip a lead to lose 2-1 to 10-man Bologna, thus firmly putting to bed any lingering hopes of the title for yet another season.
Finishing second however, remains a realistic possibility for Antonio Conte’s troops, but they are now only just a point above fourth-placed Atalanta who picked up another morale-boosting victory over Sampdoria on Wednesday night.
I Nerazzurri enjoyed a 2-1 success when the two sides faced off in the reverse fixture over eight months ago, and will bid to complete a second successive league double over their rivals here.
Ivan Juric have a fully fit squad to select from for this game.
Alessandro Bastoni and Danilo D’Ambrosio are both suspended for Inter.
Nicolo Barella and Martias Vecino misses out through injury while Victor Moses and Stefano Sensi are both rated doubtful.
Head to Head
In 20 competitive head to head meetings between these two teams, Inter have garnered 16 wins, losing only once to Verona. Three other meetings had ended up as draws.
Verona last five competitive games: WLDWL
Inter last five competitive games: WDWWL
Inter were bag of nerves after the first period last time at the San Siro, lacking the grit, guise and the resolve to break down a very compact Bologna, which eventually culminated in their defeat. They will be fired up to bounce back here, though they know catching Juventus who are eleven points clear at the top of the table is already an uphill task. They will need to put a much-needed victory on board here, and we are backing them to make good on that and record their 20th league win of the season, which is prized 8/11 for odds.
Over 2.5 goals is another option to take, bearing in mind that these are two goal-scorering sides in Serie A, and possess some of the finest strikers in the topflight, as well as technically gifted players. Over 2.5 match goals is prized for 4/5 by BetClever.