Duo aim to get over Euro headaches

Both Inter Milan and Juventus return to Serie A action on Saturday hoping to put midweek Champions League disappointments behind them.

For Inter, who play host to Udinese at the San Siro, their failure to beat PSV Eindhoven proved fatal to their bid to reach the knockout stages of the competition, now they will be looking to hit back strongly on home turf.

Visitors often have the edge

Recent match-ups between the Nerazzurri and Udinese have been dominated by the visitors though, with no fewer than ten of the last 14 league meetings won by the away team.

Last season the Zebrette claimed a 3-1 victory in Milan, but their recent form suggests that a repeat is not on the cards, with Udinese having won just one of their last 10 Serie A games.

Inter are not faring much better, having won just one of their last seven in all competitions, but a narrow 1-0 loss to Juve last time out in the league suggests that there is not too much wrong with the Nerazzurri.

The odds definitely suggest that, with Inter a very narrow 1.35 to win the game, while Davide Nicola’s side are a distant 9.75 – implying that the recent history of away successes in this rivalry is not something to be expected this weekend.

Goals on the cards

Goals also seem to be a feature of the clashes between these two sides, so 1.71 for over 2.5 goals in total in the game looks a decent prospect for a small return, as does 2.00 for both teams to score in the San Siro.

Combine those two markets and 2.45 for both teams to score, and over 2.5 goals in the game could prove to be an even better option.

As something of a longer shot, Rodrigo de Paul is 5.50 to net at any time, with the Argentinian forward having scored four in five games at the start of the season for visitors, although do bear in mind that he has only added two more in a further ten Serie A outings.

An added talking point for this game comes with the future of Inter head coach Luciano Spallletti seemingly in doubt following their Champions League disappointment, especially as he has had two spells in charge of Udinese earlier on his career.

Juve chasing derby delight

The later game is a Turin derby at the Olimpico di Torino, in which hosts Torino will hope to find a way to upset the seemingly unstoppable domestic juggernaut that is Juventus.

The reigning champions of Italy have only dropped two points from 15 games played in Serie A so far this season, but a 2-1 loss at Young Boys on Wednesday showed that they are not entirely infallible.

That reverse did not prevent the Bianconeri from making it safely through to the last-16 in the Champions League, with the summer signing of Cristiano Ronaldo a clear signal of intent in their drive for European glory.

However, the former Real Madrid superstar has also been delivering on the domestic front, scoring 10 times in the league, although he has netted only once in his last four outings in all competitions.

At 1.74 to score at any time on Saturday, the Portuguese ace is possibly a little skinny to bother with, but team-mate Mario Mandzukic at 2.50 could offer a better option, having scored four in his last six.

All to do for Torino

The recent history of this fixture only adds to the feeling that Il Toro face a major task if they are to get anything from the game, especially as they have only one victory in their last four league matches.

Juve have won five of the last six meetings between the city rivals and have taken the honours on each of the last three visits to Torino.

Add in the fact that both meetings last season were won to nil by La Vecchia Signora and it is clear that all the signs point to yet another victory for Juventus.

The visitors are 2.25 to win the game to nil and 4.25 to triumph by a two-goal margin, with Juve very much the specialists of simply getting the job done when it matters.