The odds appear to be stacked against Inter Milan for Friday’s Derby d’Italia at Juventus with the hosts on a seemingly relentless march towards an eighth successive Serie A title. Juventus have opened an eight-point lead at the top and dropped only two points in their first 14 games. Bolstered by the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo, their progress has been relentless and the second half of the season threatens to turn into a one-horse race.
Inter Milan were seen as possible challengers to Juve’s dominance at the start of the season but, despite at one point winning seven games in a row, have paid dearly for their inconsistency and are 11 points behind in third.
Even at this stage of the season, it seems their only hope is give a helping hand to second-placed Napoli by taking points off Juve.
Inter’s recent record in the fixture is equally demoralising, with only two wins in the 16 league meetings since winning their last Serie A title in 2010 under Jose Mourinho. Inter are still smarting from their last meeting in April when they led 2-1 at San Siro with five minutes left, only to lose 3-2. That win practically sealed last season’s title for Juventus.