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Roma-Inter Betting Preview: Defences on top in a tight game

Roma and Inter will be hoping to keep their chances of a place in the International Champions Cup alive when they come face-to-face at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday.

Having beaten Real Madrid and lost to Manchester United so far in the exhibition tournament, Rudi Garcia's men are 7/5 (2.40) favourites to pick up another three points that would draw them level with the current Group A leaders.

Similarly, the Nerazzurri are in with a chance of topping the group after picking up three points from their two matches and are on offer at 6/4 (2.50) to come out on top.

Walter Mazzarri's men have taken both of their matches to penalty shootouts after a tied 90 minutes, and you can get odds of 23/10 (3.30) on this one also finishing all square.

After finishing a massive 42 points adrift of Serie A champions Juventus in a rather disappointing fifth place in his first season at San Siro, Mazzarri knows that he will have to do better next campaign.

Fortunately, the former Napoli boss may have already gone some way to improving his side for the upcoming season by bringing in Nemanja Vidic on a free transfer from Manchester United.

The veteran centre-back has made an immediate impact on his new team, scoring the winner in a 1-0 debut victory over lower-league Prato before marshalling a defence to just one goal conceded against the formidable forward lines of Real Madrid and Manchester United in the USA.

This new-found defensive prowess should give Inter fans some renewed optimism for the new season as they seek to emulate their opponents' success of last term.

A strong backline played a key role in the Giallorossi's fantastic form last year, as they conceded just 25 goals in 38 matches on their way to finishing second in the league.

With watertight defences now at either end, even odds (2.00) therefore look extremely tempting on under 2.5 goals being scored for the sixth time in seven combined pre-season fixtures for both teams.

Under 2.5 goals for a 1.5pt stake at Evens (2.00) with Paddy Power

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