Derby Della Madonnina takes place on Sunday. Inter, the formal hosts of this event, await their nemesis, AC Milan. These two teams are pretty close to one another, with two points between them, yet with the same imperative for winning. The title is already heading for Naples, meaning Inter and Milan have to secure one of the top four places, leading to the UEFA Champions League. But the imperative for a win in this matchup comes from the fierce rivalry, and even if the situation in the standings was different, the pressure would be the same.
Inter (+100) is 13 points behind Napoli, and Nerazzurri can’t and won’t reach the title this season. Napoli already placed one hand on the trophy, and it would really be a miracle for them to miss this chance.
But the competition for the UEFA Champions League is fierce, with five clubs battling for three places. Inter is currently in the best position, yet the gap between them and the rivals is two or three points, so they need to keep pounding at the highest possible level.
Since the World Cup ended, Inter has played seven games, winning five, having one tie and one defeat. They would win the Super Cup trophy, trashing Milan in Saudi Arabia.
AC Milan (+275) is falling apart, winning just one of the previous seven contests. It was the first one following the pause, against Salareintana on the road, 1-2, and after that, we saw Rosonerri dropping four events and recording two ties.
Their form collapsed in the worst possible moment, with the seven-time European champs losing all chances of reaching any trophy. What is the reason for this, we don’t know, but they sure look lame.
The defense is atrocious, allowing 12 goals in the past three events, five to Sassuolo at home at San Siro, four at Olimpico the week before, and three against Inter in the Super Cup finals. In each of the past seven events, Rosonerri couldn’t keep a clean sheet.
Samir Handanovic and Marcelo Brozovic won’t be in the protocol for this clash.
AC Milan is without Fikayo Tomori, Mike Maignan, Alessandro Florenzi and Zlatan, who is away for a long time. Though, the majority of these guys are also injured for some time.
Head to Head Games
There have been 234 official games between these two rivals, and right now, Inter has more wins than Milan. Nerazzurri won on 86 occasions, lost 79 times, and 69 were without a winner.
As said, the most recent Derby Della Madonnina was in Saudi Arabia in the Super Cup finals, and Inter won that clash 3-0, dominating all 90 minutes. The first Serie A meeting of the year saw Milan triumphing, 3-2.
Inter is in better shape, and we saw that in Saudi Arabia. Though, some would say that Inter isn’t as good as Milan plays badly. Rosonerri are sinking on all fields, and we really believe it would be a massive surprise here to see them leaving the pitch undefeated. Their defense is not even mediocre but terrible, and we have to pick Inter’s triumph here.
Pick: Inter wins +100
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