Inter Milan-Udinese Betting Preview: Mazzarri's men to edge low-scoring encounter

I Nerazzurri were unfortunate to slump to just a second home defeat of the season against Atalanta on Sunday, but Al Hain-Cole expects them to get straight back to winning ways

Inter Milan will be looking to bounce back from just their second home defeat of the season when they welcome Udinese to the San Siro on Thursday.

Walter Mazzarri’s men had gone six games unbeaten prior to Sunday’s shock defeat against Atalanta and are 4/6 (1.67) favourites with William Hill to get back to winning ways tonight.

The Zebrette knocked their hosts out of the Coppa Italia with a 1-0 home at the beginning of January and are available at 15/2 (8.50) to cause them more heartbreak with a victory this evening.

The hosts have drawn three of their last six fixtures on home soil, and you can get odds of 13/5 (3.60) on them dropping another two points this evening.

The Nerazzurri could count themselves extremely unlucky to come away with nothing on Sunday, having dominated for large parts and hit the woodwork twice before coming unstuck to a last-minute goal.

Even the demanding San Siro crowd applauded their team’s efforts as they left the pitch following the final whistle, a mark of recognition for the players’ fine recent form.

Since taking over in the summer Mazzarri has slowly built a team that the supporters can get behind, a stark turnaround from a disastrous end to last season under Andrea Stramaccioni where they conceded 21 goals in their final nine fixtures.

Under the former Napoli boss a reinforced backline has now only conceded more than twice in five of their 26 games this campaign, and let in just four goals in their last seven matches, meaning they should be confident of containing an away attack that have failed to score in eight of their last 15 on the road.

However, their own tally of just eight goals scored in the last seven means tonight should make for a tight game, with odds of 4/5 (1.80) looking safe on under 2.5 goals going in for the 12th time in 15 Inter games.

Nevertheless, considering Udinese have lost 10 of their 15 away games in Serie A this season, the hosts must be backed at 5/2 (3.50) to find a way to victory in a low-scoring affair.

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Al Hain-Cole is an experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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