Serie A contenders Inter battle neighbours Milan in the latest instalment of the Derby della Madonnina. The Rossoneri have won each of their three matches to date, while their bitter rivals have earned seven points from as many games and only leaders Atalanta have netted more than Antonio Conte’s troops.
Where and when: Giuseppe Meazza, Milan – 17 October, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Inter vs. Milan: Premier Sports 1
Last time: The blue half of Milan came out on top during a six-goal thriller in February. Ante Rebic, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Matias Vecino, Marcelo Brozovic, Stefan de Vrij and Romelu Lukaku were all on the scoresheet.
Inter v Milan Predictions and Preview
Conte’s preparations for the Derby di Milano have taken a huge hit with Alessandro Bastoni, Milan Skriniar, Roberto Gagliardini, Radja Nainggolan, Ionut Radu and Ashley Young all recuperating after contracting coronavirus.
Bastoni and Skriniar would have featured in the back three, while Gagliardini has been one of the Nerazzurri’s standout performers. Matteo Darmian and Aleksandar Kolarov should come in and Arturo Vidal, Brozovic and Nicolo Barella will comprise the midfield trio.
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The ex-Juventus boss has a fully fit attack at his disposal with Lukaku, Lautaro Martinez, Alexis Sanchez and Andrea Pinamonti raring to go. Lukaku has already hit the ground running this term and is 15/4 to open the proceedings in the battle of the hotshots.
Strike partner Martinez is 7/5 to register anytime and has refocused after months of speculation linking him to Barcelona. Fellow South American Sanchez is 15/8 in the same betting and Inter are 13/10 to claim the bragging rights on the night.
Elsewhere, Milan have got off to the perfect start. Stefano Pioli’s men have yet to concede in 270 minutes of action and welcome back Ibrahimovic and skipper Alessio Romagnoli. The Swedish talisman is the driving force behind the Rossoneri’s resurgence and is 7/2 to break the deadlock.
Meanwhile, Rebic, who would have lined up on the left flank in support of the 39-year-old, is still on the sidelines recovering from an elbow injury sustained in the win over Crotone. Loanee Brahim Diaz has looked bright since moving from Real Madrid and is available at 11/4 to notch anytime and Hakan Çalhanoğlu is 17/2 in the first scorer market.
The playmaker has 17 goals contributions from his last 12 appearances, numbers Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar would be proud of, and is edging closer to signing a new deal with the club. Milan are 2/1 to emerge triumphant and a tie is 5/2.
One to watch for Inter: Ivan Perisic will deputise for Young and his return to the group has almost gone under the radar. The winger is quick, two footed, possesses great delivery and is 11/1 to hit the final effort.
One to watch for Milan: Despite the depth at Didier Deschamps’ disposal, there was widespread shock at Theo Hernandez’ absence from the latest France squad. The left footer is arguably the best in his position in the league and is a real threat going forward. The Marseille native is 12/1 to bag last.
Long shot: With Ibrahimovic and star defender Romagnoli returning to the side, the pendulum has firmly swung in Milan’s favour. In the 22 fixtures since his return to San Siro in the winter, the Rossoneri have won 14 and drawn five and with the disruption in the Nerazzurri ranks, Pioli has reason to be confident. A 3-2 success for the away dressing room is 28/1.