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AS Roma vs Inter Milan 02.12.2018 – Serie A

AS Roma vs Inter Milan / Serie A – Derby match of the 14th round of the Serie A will play two teams who very successfully represent Italy in the Champions League. True, only Roma has qualified for the round of 16 so far, while Inter has chance to do so in the last round. In the Italian championship the team from Milan occupies very high third place and has before this match even nine points more than 7th-placed Roma.  Last year, Inter defeated Roma in the Serie A at the Olimpico stadium, while at the Giuseppe Meazza the result read at the end 1-1

AS Roma vs Inter Milan begins 02.12.2018 at 20:30 CET

AS Roma

All this tells us that Roma players will lack no motive on Sunday, especially as they owe to their fans after two defeats in a row. Team led by manager di Francesco firstly lost last weekend to Udinese 1-0 away, and then on Tuesday evening was defeated in the fifth round of the Champions League at home to reigning champion of Europe, Real Madrid 2-0.

Still, result of the other match in the group was favourable for Roma and after it they had secured the second place in the group and a place for themselves in the round of 16 of the Champions League, and now they can focus on the Italian championship where they accumulated significant backlog behind leading teams. Manager di Francesco has serious problems with absences ahead of match with Inter given that midfielders de Ross and Pellegrini, and forwards Dzeko and El Sharaawy are injured, while not fully recovered midfielder Pastore and forward Perotti are questionable.

Probable lineups AS Roma: Olsen – Florenzi, Manolas, Fazio, Kolarov – N'Zonzi, Cristante – Under, Zaniolo, Kluivert – Schick

Inter Milan

Unlike Roma that despite losing to Real Madrid qualified for the knockout phase of the Champions Lague, Inter moved down to the third place in its group after losing to Tottenham and will need home victory over PSG or draw or defeat of the Spurs in Barcelona in the last round. At the moment Inter and Tottenham have the same number of points, but due to goal scored away the team from London currently occupies the second position.

Regarding the Italian championship Inter does much better than Rome as ahead of the derby it occupies the third place in the table and has just one point fewer than Napoli. Besides, it has five points more than 4th-positioned Lazio, while Roma has even nine points less, so from that side the Nerazzurri can play more relaxed their head-to-head. Let’s add that due to injuries defenders Vrsaljko and Dalbert, and midfielder Nainggolan should skip the Sunday’s match, while stopper de Vrij hasn’t fully recovered and is questionable for the match.

Probable lineups Inter Milan: Handanovic – D'Ambrosio, Skriniar, Miranda, Asamoah – Vecino, Brozovic  – Politano, Joao Mario, Keita– Icardi

AS Roma vs Inter Milan PICK

Regardless that Inter has even nine points more than Roma before the derby and has far less problems with absences, we nevertheless believe that Roma, thanks to great support from the stands, should be able to pull at least a draw on Sunday.

Pick: Asian handicap +0.5 Roma

Stake: 6/10

Odds: 1.60 at pinnacle (down to 1.55 can be played)

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