Neighbors Face Off
On Saturday, Lombardy clubs Monza and Inter Milan will face off in Serie A. Inter Milan are the current Serie A leaders but Juventus are hot on Inter’s heels. So, this is an important match for the Nerazzurri as they make the quick trip north to Monza.
Meanwhile, Monza are looking to string together back-to-back wins for just the second time this season. Ahead of this Monza vs Nerazzurri Serie A clash, we’ll take a look at the latest odds and Serie A team news.
Location: Stadio Brianteo, Monza, Italy
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This is the second Monza vs Nerazzurri Serie A clash of the season. Last August, Inter Milan got their first-ever Serie A win over Monza, as Lautaro Martinez scored twice in a 2-0 victory.
Last season, which was Monza’s first-ever Serie A campaign, they managed to defeat Inter on the road and draw at home. Monza’s win over Inter was their second-ever and first since the 1958 Coppa Italia. Inter are 6-2-2 all-time vs Monza, in all competitions.
Monza Kick off New Year with Win
Monza kicked off 2024 with a 3-2 win at Frosinone, which was their first Serie A road victory for two months. The Biancorossi led 3-0 at one point, and both Dany Mota and Valentin Carboni had excellent games. The duo had a goal and an assist apiece and caused problems all day for Frosinone.
Monza’s third goal came on an own goal in the 55th minute, and they conceded just a minute later. Frosinone converted a penalty with 15 minutes to go, which made the last phase of the Serie A match nerve-wracking for Monza.
Nevertheless, Monza picked up the win and remained in 11th place in the Serie A standings. Their three goals in the match were as many as they had scored in their previous six Serie A games combined. Still, Monza have proven they can compete with nearly anyone in the league, and they don’t typically concede many goals.
At 11 points ahead of the relegation zone, Monza should be able to remain in Serie A, and they’ve got a few big talents on the team. Midfielder/winger Andrea Colpani leads Monza with six Serie A goals this season.
Meanwhile, captain and midfielder Matteo Pessina won a European Championship with Italy and has started every game for the Biancorossi so far. Plus, 18-year-old midfielder Carboni, on loan from Inter Milan, has been in good form lately and should continue to improve as the Serie A season goes on.
Inter Defeat Verona Under Controversial Circumstances
Inter Milan continue to be one of the best picks for soccer betting in any of Europe’s top five leagues. They lead the Serie A stats, with 44 goals through 19 matches, and have conceded just nine goals, which is the fewest in the league.
Following a disappointing 1-1 draw at Genoa to close out 2023, the Nerazzurri defeated Hellas Verona under controversial circumstances. Back from injury, Serie A leading scorer Lautaro Martinez found the net just 13 minutes into his return vs Verona.
Verona’s Thomas Henry equalized with just over 15 minutes of normal time to play in the second half. Scrambling for a winner in stoppage, Inter committed numbers forward, including defender Alessandro Bastoni.
Bastoni clearly pushed over Verona’s Ondrej Duda, but the Inter move finished in a Davide Frattesi goal, which was not called back. Right at the death, Verona got a penalty, but Henry hit the post, and the Nerazzurri came away with all three points.
Inter are on pace for 96 points this Serie A season, as they’ve compiled a 15-3-1 record in the first half of the 2023-24 campaign. Bettors should note that the Nerazzurri remain unbeaten on the road in Serie A, with a 7-2-0 record. Simone Inzaghi’s side have also been outscoring their Serie A opponents by an average of 1.84 goals per game.
Match Analysis & Odds
Inter Milan are -400 favorites to win Serie A this season, but Juventus are just two points behind Inter at the moment. So, Inter can’t afford to slip up in this Monza vs Nerazzurri Serie A clash.
It remains to be seen whether new Inter Milan signing Tajon Buchanan will debut in this match, but the Canadian winger could add another dimension to Inter’s attack. Notably, neither team has any regular starters away at the Africa Cup of Nations or AFC Asian Cup, so both managers can pick their strongest side.
For Saturday’s match, Inter Milan are -200 favorites as they go for their first-ever Serie A road victory over Monza. With Martinez healthy again, Inter shouldn’t have problems getting on the scoresheet in this one. Meanwhile, Monza are +600 home underdogs and a draw comes in at +300 odds. Bettors can take Monza +1 at -105 odds and Inter -1 at -115.
Inter haven’t kept a clean sheet in either of their last two matches, but goalkeeper Yann Sommer has the most shutouts in the league, with 12. Still, Monza, over 0.5 goals, displays -140 odds for this one. Over 2.5 goals come in at -120 odds for the match, with Monza coming off a three-goal performance at Frosinone.