Inter Milan are clicking on all cylinders under Simone Inzaghi, and one player who has proven vital is Marcus Thuram. Having joined on a free transfer from Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer, Thuram had big shoes to fill in attack following the departures of Romelu Lukaku and Edin Dzeko, but he has thrived under the pressure and emerged as a deadly strike partner for Lautaro Martinez.
Entering Saturday’s Serie A match at Udinese, Thuram finds himself running away with the Capocannoniere with 13 goals, six more than second-placed Domenico Berardi and Olivier Giroud.
Inter returned from the October international break with a 3-0 win at Torino, with Thuram registering a total of four shots (two on target), including the opening goal. In the following match, Lukaku was kept under wraps at the San Siro while Thuram was at the heart of the action with seven shots, two on target, including the sole goal of the game in the 81st minute.
Difference Maker for Inter
It’s no wonder why the 26-year-old France international has emerged as a reliable option for Serie A betting fans. Whilst he was subdued in their 2-1 win against Atalanta, he registered two shots – one on target – and won a penalty in their 2-0 win against Frosinone, before setting up Martinez for the equalizer in their 1-1 draw at Juventus.
It took him just four minutes to win a penalty after coming off the bench, with Alexis Sanchez converting in the 72nd minute to secure a 3-3 draw against Benfica, having entered halftime with a 3-0 deficit. Thuram’s sensational form continued on Sunday with two shots – one on target – sealing the deal in the 85th minute with yet another goal as Inter won 3-0 at Napoli.
There are few guarantees when it comes to betting on Italian soccer, but it’s hard to see anything but a 12th league win for Inter on Saturday. They have lost just once in all competitions this season – a 2-1 defeat against Sassuolo on Sept. 27 – and apart from that loss, they have failed to win just once in their last 13 home matches, a 2-2 draw to Bologna on Oct. 7.
Udinese Light on Wins
As for Udinese, they have been playing top-flight football since 1979-80, but their four-decade-long spell in Serie A is under serious threat due to an inability to churn draws into wins. In fact, even the Las Vegas sportsbooks have taken note with the Serie A betting lines putting them at +275 to go down. The Zebrette sit 16th in the table, one point above Empoli, two points above Hellas Verona and Cagliari, and four above last-placed Salernitana.
Whilst they have accumulated a league-high nine draws, their sole win came on Nov. 4 in a 1-0 victory against Milan. Since then, they have drawn 1-1 to Atalanta, lost 3-1 to Roma, and whilst they looked headed for a 3-2 win courtesy of Lorenzo Lucca’s brace, Thomas Henry’s 97th-minute goal saw Hellas Verona snatch a point away from home.
Online betting fans should know that, apart from their win against AC Milan, Udinese’s form against Italy’s top sides has been wretched, including a 2-0 loss to Fiorentina, a 4-1 defeat at Napoli and a 3-0 loss to Juventus.
Inter Milan vs Udinese Best Bet
Don’t overthink this: if you’re planning to bet on Italian soccer this weekend, bet on a big game from Thuram and a win for Inter. With five goals and six assists, only Martinez (15) has more goal contributions in Serie A and only Martinez (8.22) is ahead of Thuram when it comes to Expected Goals (6.48). These two are a menace for any backline, and I’m expecting them to play a key role in Inter’s victory at the San Siro.
Bet On This Pick: Thuram to have 1+ shot on goal and Inter to win (-164)
Question Of The Day
Which player is most likely to make a hat trick this week?
Marcus Thuram has been a nuisance for Serie A defenses this season, and I certainly wouldn’t bet against him getting his first hat trick as an Inter player this week.