Derby della Madonnina is on schedule this weekend as Inter will be taking on AC Milan. Both teams have been quite active in the winter transfer window and their new signings and their new blood has given positive impact on their results lately, especially Rossoneri. This Sunday both teams have to prove who deserves to the best one in Milan this season. This meeting will be Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s first derby after his return to Serie A this January. He will be the central figure of the game as he has been in both sides before.
Inter Milan finally managed to end the series of draw results. In the away fixture against Udinese, Conte’s men trashed the host 2-0. Romelu Lukaku’s brace gave them an important win to bring back their fading confidence to win Serie A this season. During this recent transfer window, Inter has been very active. They have spent 21.5 million Euro for signing Christian Eriksen and Ashley Young plus Victor Moses, his former player in Chelsea, on loan. La Beniamata also released Gabriel ‘Gabigol’ Barbosa to Flamengo plus loaned Matteo Politano and Valentino Lazaro to Napoli and Newcastle United.
AC Milan news:
Meanwhile, AC Milan’s positive run had to stop last week. They were held in a 1-1 draw while hosting Hellas Verona. They were conceded first by Marco Faraoni. Yet, they only responded one goal by Hakan Calhanoglu’s free kick. Il Diavolo Rosso has made at least four signings on loan for Simon Kjaer, Asmir Begovic, Alexis Saelemaekers plus Zlatan Ibrahimovic by free transfer. They even gained more benefit by selling Krzysztof Piatek to Hertha Berlin for 27 million Euro, plus released some names on loan such as Ricardo Rodriguez, Pepe Reina, Suso, Fabio Borini and Mattia Caldara.
Missing players and probable lineups:
Antonio Conte tends to employ 3-5-2 relying on the dynamic duo, Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez. The arrival of Christian Eriksen, Ashley Young and Victor Moses is really a great addition for the team for the rest of the season. Conte also gives more chances to the local talents from the academy. The presence of them in the team such as Alessandro Bastoni, Stefano Sensi, Nicola Barella and the youngster forward Sebastiano Esposito. Unfortunately, four names will be sidelined. They are Roberto Gagliardini, Stefano Sensi, Borja Valero and Lautaro Martinez. The first three miss out the game due to their injury while Martinez is suspended.
Inter: Samir Handanovic; Milan Skriniar, Stefan De Vrij, Diego Godin; Ashley Young, Nico Barella, Marcelo Brozovic, Cristiano Biraghi, Christian Eriksen; Romelu Lukaku, Sebastian Esposito.
His counterpart, Stefano Pioli, who once led Inter in 2016/2017 season, is currently in favour of 4-4-2 formation to spare one spot for Ibrahimovic. He mainly relies on the Rafael Leao and Ibrahimovic or Ante Rebic as the main scorer. Fortunately, only three players will be sidelined, none is apart of the main line up. They are Lucas Biglia, Leo Duarte and Rade Krunic.
AC Milan: Gianluigi Donnaruma; Simon Kjaer, Alessio Romagnoli, Theo Hernandez, Davide Calabria; Frank Kessie, Ishmael Bennacer, Hakan Calhanoglu, Andrea Conti; Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ante Rebic
Inter is certainly the dominant side. They have won four times and had three draws in the last eight head-to-head meetings. Milan only managed to win once. Yet, the arrival of Ibrahimovic really helps them boost their confidence with unbeaten results lately.
This game is considered to be even. Both teams are finding themselves on the right feet. Their positive result might lead them to another potential one point unless the host’s front men, whose form has been more stable, could optimise all the shots into goals.
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