Internazionale are the proprietors of what is, without a doubt, the most appropriately named (if horrendous, and not just because Fabio Cannavaro’s in it) anthem: “Pazza Inter”, which can be best translated as “Crazy Inter”. This club will go nearly twenty years without a title before winning five in a row; it will unexpectedly win the Champions League one year and lose 6-2 to Schalke the next.
In 2011, this madness of old continues to manifest itself, only now it seems to be occurring week in, week out. We’ve seen defeats against Novara (The question: “Who?”, the answer: “Nobody important”) and serial strugglers Catania, but also two phenomenal away wins in the Champions League against impressive opposition.
Hence, the odds bwin are giving for an Inter win over Chievo (53/100) are slightly misleading. Claudio Ranieri’s men are in transition and wildly unpredictable, and are up against a side that has frequently trumped the odds and won battles most would have expected them to lose.
Consequently, an away win should not be dismissed at 23/4, a statement which is nowhere near as bold as some might think for a team always referenced when a promoted side manages to grab a place near the top. Talking of which, the Mussi Volanti are ninth, only three points from the top, and have already beaten Napoli.
Recent history might favour Inter, yet Chievo won here back in 2001, as they briefly grabbed first place in what was their inaugural Serie A season.
Last season, the Veronese side managed to pull off an amazing home win against the Nerazzurri, and have twice managed to score three times here over the last few years, hence the favourable odds on them scoring once (7/5) or even twice (17/4).
Inter’s defence has been creaking over the last few weeks, and it will be interesting to see if the players treat this game with as much respect as they did the Lille tie. It might be worth betting on a high-scoring game, seeing as Ranieri has at least brought back the old fighting spirit. At 14-1, a 2-2 score is really not that far from the most likely results (1-0 and 1-1 at 6/1).
Talking of goals, all eyes should be on Davide Moscardelli, the man who grabbed the winner against Inter last season and Napoli a few weeks ago. How does 8/1 sound for him to repeat the trick against Inter? For those wishing to open an account here, bwin is willing to offer a free £25 bet, which, should Moscardelli to score last take your fancy, will see a return of £225 pounds.
Otherwise, Giampaolo Pazzini has been on fire lately. He is 5/1 to either open the scoring or bang in the last goal of the game, odds which are frankly too good to ignore.
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