If last Sunday was a chance to grab Inter Milan’s top spot in Serie A, this upcoming Sunday is a golden opportunity to seal their place at the top of the heap in the title challenge of this season. Inter will be the nominal visiting team against city rivals AC Milan in the second position.
This derby will decide not only who sits in first place at the end of the match week, but also who will claim dominance over the city for the season, with one Series A and one Coppa Italia version of the derby being shared between the Nerazzurri and Rossoneri.
For only the third time this season, Stefano Pirloi’s squad is coming off of consecutive negative results in the past week after losing 2-0 to Spezia and drawing with Dejan Stankovic’s Red Star Belgrade on Thursday in the Europa League round of 32. The 2-2 draw in Serbia also proved to be costly because of the first-half injury to key midfielder Ismael Bennnacer, who will miss the derby and likely be replaced by Sandro Tonali.
Last Sunday’s loss opened the door for Inter to move to the top of the table, but the Rossoneri are still only one point off the pace set by Conte’s men and have beaten them in the league already this season. With a full squad available outside of the Bennacer injury, Milan will surely be gunning to steady their ship and regain their spot at the summit of Serie A.
Before this derby, the return to form for Lautaro Martinez and Romelu Lukaku is sure to give Inter a big boost of confidence. In the win over Lazio, both strikers were shooting on all cylinders. Christian Eriksen, who is likely to earn a starting nod from Conte again, is also coming into shape.
The only absence for the Nerazzurri should be Stefano Sensi, who pulled out of training this week with what has is being called muscle fatigue by the club.
Previous last 5 Head-to-Head
Inter 2 vs 1 AC Milan – Coppa Italia
Inter 1 vs 2 AC Milan – Seria A
Inter 4 vs 2 AC Milan – Seria A
AC Milan 0 vs 2 Inter – Seria A
AC Milan 2 vs 3 Inter – Seria A
Predicted Starting XIs
Inter Milan Predicted XI
Handanovic, Skriniar, D. Vrij, Baston, Hakimin, Barella, Brozovic, Erikson, Perisic, Lukaku, Lautaro.
Ac Milan Predicted XI
Donnrumma, Hernandez, Romafnoli, Kjaer, Calabria, Kessie, Tonali, Rebic, Calhanoglu, Saelemakers, Ibrahimovich.
Prediction: Milan 1-2 Inter
This was my prediction when these two teams met each other less than a month ago. Of course, the match ended 2-1 for Inter, but the squad of Conte proved that they have all the resources to defeat this side of Milan when everyone is safe and performing, all they didn’t lose in October. Expect fantastic nights from Eriksen and Lukaku, who in the past year have both played major parts in this fixture.
What’s your prediction?