Palermo vs Inter Milan
Italian Serie A.
Date: Sunday, 22 January 2017
Kick-Off: 14:00 UK,
Venue: Stadio Renzo Barbera (Palermo).
Inter will be looking to make it a sixth straight league win as they take on struggling Palermo on Sunday afternoon.
The Nerazzurri have been in inspired form as of late. Including their recent Coppa Italia win over Bologna – and a consolation Europa League group stage win in December – Stefano Pioli’s men have won seven games on the trot across all competitions. Will they be able to make it eight on Sunday? The last time Inter lost a game was when they suffered a 3-0 defeat to Napoli. And now, fans are dreaming again of a push for a European football spot. Coming into this tie, Inter sit in sixth spot, with 36 points, and earned a well-deserved 3-1 win over Chievo.
They will have one eye on the results from the Milan-Napoli tie, especially considering that the Rossoneri, who have a game in hand, sit one point ahead in fifth. Meanwhile, as they continue their push for European football, Palermo are struggling to stay afloat. The Rosanero thought they had turned a corner as they earned four points from their final two games of 2016. That included an impressive 4-3 win over Genoa, which marked the first time they had scored so many goals in one game.
However, since the start of 2017, things have again gone awry for the Sicilian side. They have lost two in a row. And whilst those were on the road, Palermo cannot exactly claim that they have a home pitch advantage. In fact, the Rosanero still have not won a single game at the Stadio Renzo Barbera all season. Their best result so far? A draw. That means they have picked up one point out of a possible 27 this far this term.
Palermo vs Inter Milan: Head-to-head statistics
- Palermo have a record of W1-D3-L16 in their past 20 home games against teams ranked above them in the table.
- Inter have a record of W10-D4-L6 in their past 20 away games against teams ranked below them in the table.
- The Rosanero have lost 11 of their last 13 matches.
- Palermo have collected only four points from their last 13 Serie A fixtures
They have conceded 32 goals during that period.
- Inter are undefeated in 19 of their last 21 matches against Palermo in all competitions.
- Palermo are unbeaten in their last four Serie A home meetings with Inter (W2 D2. This is after previously failing to win over the previous five matches against them in the competition (D2 L3)
Palermo vs Inter Milan: Prediction
Inter appear to truly have turned a corner and can continue their push for a European football spot. Palermo thought things had improved, but they are now back to where they started. The Rosanero, along with Crotone and Pescara look set to be those three teams vying not to be relegated, but the fact that they have not won a single home game this season does not bode well for the hosts. So although Inter have not fared well on this ground, having failed to win their past four with the Rosanero here, they should be able to grind out a positive result on Sunday.
Palermo vs Inter Milan: Betting tips
Under 2.5 goals at 21/20 (2.05)
Inter – WIN and BTTS NO at 13/8 (2.63).