Inter Milan have stuttered a little since defeating Juventus in early November but will expect to head into the Christmas break on a high when they host struggling Genoa at the San Siro on Saturday (11.30am GMT).
Since bringing Juve’s 49-match unbeaten run to an end, Inter have lost three of their subsequent six fixtures, drawing one and winning the other two.
They are now seven points off the pace at the top of the table, having been just a point behind following their victory over the Old Lady.
It has been a frustrating period for Inter coach Andrea Stramaccioni, but one through which his team have maintained their excellent home form that has seen them win five and draw one since the back-to-back home defeats with which they began the campaign.
Inter have often looked to take the initiative right from the off at the San Siro. Discarding the two early season defeats, Inter have opened the scoring before the half hour mark in four of their six home matches this season, with three of those coming before the 20 minute mark.
On Saturday they host a Genoa side who are currently in the third-worst form of any side in Serie A and have recorded just one win in their last 13 league matches.
Luigi Del Neri has thus far proved incapable of extracting any more from the squad than his predecessor Luigi De Canio, and the club will need to bring in reinforcements in January if they want to have a realistic chance of avoiding relegation.
Genoa have the third worst defensive record in the league, having conceded 29 times to date, and have fared little better at the other end of the pitch, scoring a joint-fifth worst 17.
This Preview’s Betting Tip: Inter have often opened the scoring early at home this season and with Genoa possessing of the worst defences in the league we fancy them to do so again on Saturday.
- Back Inter Milan to score before the 35th minute in the ‘time of 1st home goal’ market @ 5/6 with Bet365.