Inter Milan and Juventus are squaring off in the first big game of the new year in Italy. Simone Inzaghi and Massimiliano Allegri will face each other for the first title of the season: the Supercoppa Italiana. Inter Milan qualified winning last year’s Scudetto back when Antonio Conte was still on the bench and play in the Supercoppa for the first time since they lost 3-0 To AC Milan in 2011, when Allegri was still leading them. On the other hand, Juventus have won the cup nine times, more than any other team in Italy, including last year’s clash against Napoli with Andrea Pirlo on the bench.
Inter are currently at the top of the Serie A table, a point ahead of AC Milan but with a game in hand. Juventus are coming off a shocking comeback win against Roma and are currently fighting for a top four position to qualify for the next Champions League. This match is the perfect opportunity for Massimiliano Allegri and Juventus to win a title for the tenth consecutive season, against such a huge rival.
This will also be the last match with fifty percent of spectators allowed inside a stadium in Italy, with around 38,000 people expected at San Siro. For the next two weeks the Serie A clubs have accepted the Italian government’s request to reduce the capacity to a maximum of five thousand fans per game until the end of the month.
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 12 | Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: San Siro — Milan
TV: CBS Sports Network | Live stream: Paramount+
Inter Milan: Currently the best team in Serie A, the Nerazzurri have not lost any points in the league since November 7th against AC Milan. Inzaghi can count on the return of Hakan Calhanoglu and on Marcelo Brozovic, who likely will announce the renewal of his contract in the next days with his current agreement expiring this summer. Lautaro Martinez will lead the attack together with Edin Dzeko, fully recovered after he tested positive to Covid-19 at the beginning of the year. The Argentinian striker has already scored eleven goals this season in Serie A, and after Romelu Lukaku’s departure over the summer he has taken his role and leadership at the next level.
Juventus: Allegri has to deal with various absences for this match, starting with Federico Chiesa, who will be out until the end of the season after breaking his ACL during the match against Roma. The club will now look into the market for a new striker with Dejan Kulusevski now sure to stay in January after many Premier League rumors. Matthijs de Ligt and Juan Cuadrado won’t be part of the game since they are suspended after Sunday’s clash. To replace them, Allegri will rely on Daniele Rugani and Mattia De Sciglio, who scored the crucial goal against Roma.
Absences will be the deciding factor of this game, one which would have seen Inter Milan as the favorite one even before the injury of Federico Chiesa and the suspensions of key players such as de Ligt and Cuadrado. PICK: Inter Milan 2 Juventus 1