Our prediction for this Serie A match:
All eyes will be on Stadio Giuseppe Meazza when Inter and Juventus face each other in the Serie A derby on Sunday evening. The Nerazzurri failed to regain Scudetto, and they are now on a quest to book their place in the Champions League. Inter failed to turn their dominance into a positive outcome against Spezia, but they are still seen as favourites to beat Juve in front of home fans.
Midfielder Robin Gosens misses out with injury, but he should be the only absentee in the home team. Juve, on the other hand, aim to build on a 4-2 win over Sampdoria, but seeing that Inter have turned their Stadio Giuseppe Meazza into a real fortress, we are tempted to put our money on Simone Inzaghi’s troops. Moise Kean has yet to serve his ban, while all Paul Pogba, Alex Sandro, Federico Chiesa, Arkadiusz Milik, and Kaio Jorge remain in the recovery room.
Highlighted Player (Hakan Calhanoglu):
Hakan Calhanoglu is another one in the long line of Turkish footballers who were born in Germany, so it is hardly surprising he came to prominence thanks to his performances in Bundesliga. The attacking midfielder with great vision and very good goalscoring record started his professional career at Karlsruher, scoring impressive 17 goals in 50 league outings to earn a move to Bundesliga side Hamburg.
The spell at Imtech Arena was merely a stepping stone for bigger things as 11 goals in his debut top flight campaign persuaded Bayer Leverkusen to splash nearly €15 million on his services. That proved a very good investment as Calhanoglu continued the rich vein of form, and it is now a matter of time before he joins one of European powerhouses.
The midfield maestro had a bright start to his career in the Turkey national team, scoring 5 goals in first 16 caps, and chances are he will become a leader for Milli Takim in the foreseeable future.
Highlighted Team (Juventus):
Juventus are considered one of the greatest European football clubs. The Bianconeri (The White and Blacks) have won two Champions League trophies (1985, 1996) and they did well to clinch three UEFA Cup titles (1977, 1990, 1993). The Italian giants have won 32 Serie A trophies and it is well known that a number of star players were part of Juve in the past.
The likes of Alessandro Del Piero, Zinedine Zidane, Michel Platini, Lilian Thuram, Filippo Inzaghi, Pavel Nedved and David Trezeguet all played for Juventus, whilst legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has yet to retire. Juve were stripped two domestic trophies during the “Calciopoli” scandal, but despite being relegated to Serie B, the club quickly brought glory days back to Turin. The Bianconeri used to play their home games at Stadio delle Alpi, but nowadays they welcome their rivals at Juventus Stadium.
The capacity of the stadium is 41,475. La Vechhia Signora (The Old Lady) is yet another nickname of the club. Juve’s biggest rivals are Torino and the two local rivals take on each other in the Turin derby.