UEFA Champions League finalists Inter Milan faces crosstown rival Inter Milan in age-old Milan derby, fashionably called as Derby Della Madonnina, as Serie A gears up for the first Milan derby of the season. With a heavyweight clash on the cards, club football makes a rousing return after a two-week international hiatus.
A clash of the titans
Inter Milan versus AC Milan has been one of the oldest rivalries to be remembered in the modern football world. Dubbed to be a mouth-watering clash between two of the heavyweights of Italian football, the Milan derby promises some exciting duels, and never fails to deliver to its expectations. Having squared off 237 times with the first match-up dating back to 1909, Inter holds the upper hand between the two sides, as the Nerazzuris have been declared winners 89 times, as the Rossoneris trail behind their nemesis by 10 victories, standing with 79 victories. This season, it should be one of the most engaging battles to watch out for as both the Milanese teams have perfect records, with 100% record and occupying the top two positions on the league table.
Inter is rising to be a strong contender for having the best defensive setup as they have not conceded a goal, and has showcased their attacking prowess as Argentine World Cup winner Lautaro Martinez scored a brace coupled with goals from Marcus Thuram and Hakan Calhanoglu to see off Fiorentina 4-0. On the other hand, AC Milan would come on the back of a brilliant 2-1 win away against Jose Mourinho’s Roma, courtesy two late goals from Olivier Giroud and Rafael Leao.
Inter Milan vs AC Milan: team news
With a mouth-watering clash on the cards, no team would love to lose this game against their arch rivals. Both of the tacticians would look to field their strongest eleven as they would like to edge their fierce competitors on the field. As history persists, the Nerazzuris have dethroned their crosstown rivals in all four meetings they have played this year, including a two-legged semifinal playoff in the UEFA Champions League. Simone Inzaghi-led side has mastered the art of winning in San Siro, as they have emerged victorious in last eight fixtures in this venue, and would love to extend their streak.
For the records, they have no injury concerns as and is expected to field their strongest side, as Inzaghi would love to keep his winning combination, which mauled Fiorentina in the last game before international break.
In case of AC Milan, the Rossoneris have failed to score in six of their last seven meetings against Inter, and would definitely look to turn the tide tomorrow, They recorded a humongous 4-1 victory at their only San Siro game this season. French striker Olivier Giroud had given Milan fans an injury scare after he had sprained his ankle during international break, but has rejoined training and is expected to start the game. With Pulisic on the goalscoring trot, AC Milan would look to lift up their spirits and luck, which was evidently missing in their last encounters. Former Chelsea star Fikayo Tomori is serving a suspension thus coach Pioli would look to hand Danish skipper Simon Kjaer his first start of the season, replacing the Englishman.
Inter Milan vs AC Milan: predicted line-up
Inter Milan: Yann Sommer; Darmian, Pavard, De Vrij, Dumfries; Barella, Calhanoglu, Dimarco, Mkhitaryan, Thuram; Martinez
AC Milan: Maignan; Hernandez, Calabria, Kjaer, Thiaw; Loftus-Cheek, Krunic; Leao, Pulisic, Reijnders; Giroud
Inter Milan vs AC Milan: predicted score
Inter Milan 2-1 AC Milan
Inter Milan vs AC Milan: head-to-head
Inter Milan victories: 89
AC Milan victories: 79
Last meeting: Inter Milan 1-0 AC Milan
Inter Milan vs AC Milan: venue, date, time, where to watch
Venue: Giuseppe Meazza
Date: 16th September
Time: 09:30 pm (IST)
Where to watch: Sports18 1