Milan Rivals to Share Serie A Spoils?

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Inter versus Milan is the big Serie A fixture this weekend as the domestic action resumes in Italy.

Romelu Lukaku

You often get big games off the back of an international break and that is once again the case in Serie A this weekend, with the Milan derby being the standout fixture.

With no supporters present, this fixture will feel like a home game for both sides – who of course share the San Siro stadium.

Inter’s Attacking Threat Clear

Inter, officially the home team, have collected seven points from their opening three matches. Their attacking threat has been highlighted in that run, with Antonio Conte’s team finding the net 10 times.

Strike duo Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez have three goals each to their name and are 7/2 and 9/2 respectively to score the first goal on Saturday.

In contrast, Milan have built their early-season success around a solid backline, with Stefano Pioli’s men yet to conceded a goal whilst recording three straight wins.

Inter have won the last four meetings between the sides, but Milan look like a tougher nut to crack this season and the draw, available 51/20, looks a distinct possibility.

Atalanta Test for Napoli

The other key fixture in Italy’s top flight sees eighth face first on Saturday afternoon, as Napoli and Atalanta meet at the Stadio San Paolo.

The visitors have picked up where they left off last season, with three wins from three and 13 goals scored seeing them to the top of the table and they are 8/5 to collect the points in Naples.

Napoli started the season with two wins and two clean sheets against Parma and Genoa, but came back down to earth with a 3-0 defeat at Juventus last time out.

Atalanta are unbeaten in their last three meetings with Napoli and this game finished in a 2-2 draw last season – over 3.5 goals again this time can be backed at 11/10.

Going into round four, champions Juventus find themselves in fourth despite an unbeaten start – with two wins and a draw so far.

Ronaldo out for Juve

Andrea Pirlo’s squad will be missing their talisman this weekend, with Cristiano Ronaldo self-isolating and sitting out the Saturday evening trip to Crotone.

Despite Ronaldo’s absence, the Turin giants should have more than enough to beat the bottom side, with Crotone still seeking their first point after three straight defeats, hence the visitors’ price of 20/51.

The surprise package of the Italian season to date are Sassuolo, who currently sit third after collecting seven points from their opening three games.

The men from Modena finished eighth last term and continue to make big strides under young coach Roberto De Zerbi – winning their last two games 4-1 prior to the break.

They travel to mid-table Bologna in Sunday’s early game and are 27/20 to pick up another win, with the hosts priced at 9/5 and the draw available at 53/20.

*All odds correct at time of writing

Warren has been employed as a sport journalist for over two decades and as well as years of written experience, has also worked in other areas of the media including radio and television. Football has always been his number one passion, but has also commentated and written on a number of other sports including golf, cricket, tennis and rugby.

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