Milan and Inter contest the latest instalment of the Derby della Madonnina in Serie A game week 27.
The landscape in Lombardy has altered and there is a real belief in Gennaro Gattuso’s ranks that the Rossoneri can beat anyone, after a string of fine results that have propelled them up the standings.
Where and when: San Siro – 4 March, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Milan vs. Inter: BT Sport, William Hill live streaming
Last time: It was a typically tempestuous encounter, littered with yellow cards and controversy. Mauro Icardi broke the hearts of the Rossoneri with a last-minute penalty to seal a 3-2 triumph for Inter and a hat-trick in the process.
Milan v Inter Predictions and Preview
What was widely regarded a three horse race for the last two Champions League positions could soon become a five team pursuit if Milan continue their sparkling form of late. Make no mistake, the Rossoneri are making a late charge and it’s not just local pride on the line this weekend.
A victory for the red side would see the gap shorten to just four points, and if this was to happen you would fancy Gattuso’s men to ultimately finish above Inter at the end of the season. A rescue mission to salvage what was left of an underwhelming term has turned in to an unlikely charge for Europe’s premier competition and the Milan legend has surprised everyone. Gattuso has overseen big wins over Roma, Lazio and the Nerazzurri in recent months, completely outclassing the capital clubs and his side must be considered in the European equation.
Central to the resurgence has been the form of academy graduates Patrick Cutrone and Davide Calabria. The duo are doing Milan proud and Cutrone has been a revelation, leading the line from the front and displaying similar traits to another Rossoneri idol Pippo Inzaghi. The youngster is the real deal and has formed an impressive understanding alongside wide men Suso and Hakan Calhanoglu.
The attackers have a nice blend of trickery, skill and invention and each offer something different. Interestingly, this Milan side are now individually and collectively doing the basics right in the image of their Coach and they have clearly been well drilled. The hosts on the night are the slight favourites at 11/8 to clinch this heavyweight Derby di Milano duel.
In a complete role reversal of the squads, Luciano Spalletti’s under fire troops are stumbling and look one dimensional without Icardi. The Argentine is touch and go to make it for the mouth-watering matchup and it would be a huge psychological setback if he was to miss out for the Nerazzurri. Inter are available at 2/1 to surprise their improved neighbours and secure a domestic double for the campaign.
One to watch for Milan: Cutrone has the ability to match the industry and will cause havoc to an under fire Inter backline short on confidence. The striker is 5/1 to open the scoring and send the crowd in to raptures.
One to watch for Inter: Ivan Perisic tends to elevate his game when the sides go to battle and is 10/1 to bag any time during the 90 minutes.
Long shot: Form goes out the window on Derby day and Inter may benefit from the positive exposure afforded to their bitter foes. The Nerazzurri have gone somewhat under the radar and the general expectation is a Milan success. The Suning owned club can be found at 30/1 to register a 3-1 final outcome.