Verdict: Away win
Best Odds: 11/4
The new edition of Derby della Madonnina should deliver premium excitement in spite of the early kick-off, considering that the local rivals are locked in the battle for Europa League positions. Inter Milan will be eager to make amends for back to back defeats, whereas AC Milan will be looking to extend the bright run of results.
This is proving to be yet another disappointing season for Inter Milan, even though some very good performances over the last couple of months suggested a change of fortunes. The Nerazzurri played some good football under Stefano Pioli, hinting they might be able to join the chase for Champions League positions, but the good run eventually came to an end. The 7-1 hammering of Atalanta on the road was followed by a 2-2 draw with Torino, but it was back to back defeats to Sampdoria and Crotone that effectively ended team’s Champions League dream. The only thing left to do now is to try and secure Europa League qualification, and an eventual victory over local rivals AC Milan would definitely be a step in the right direction. Inter Milan didn’t do too well in previous editions of Derby della Madonnina, winning just one of last six competitive meetings with the Rossoneri, and there are no doubts they will again be under pressure following disappointing losses to Sampdoria and Crotone.
Important midfielder Roberto Gagliardini is battling an ankle problem, but he is expected to start, whereas Ever Banega is expected to start ahead of Joao Mario.
As the club sale looks finally set to be completed after a serious of delays, AC Milan are finishing what has been a promising season considering the circumstances. Eagerly awaiting the cash from the new Chinese owners, Vincenzo Montella and his side have done even better than expected and they now have a very good foundation for the 2017/2018 campaign. The Rossoneri managed to leapfrog their bitter rivals after the 4-0 hammering of Palermo that saw all four attack-minded footballers get on the scoresheet and talented full-backs Cataldi and De Sciglio provide an assist each. That was definitely one of team’s best performances this season, but AC Milan will have much bigger fish to fry on Saturday morning. The good news is that the Rossoneri have won each of their last four games at San Siro, and they also boast a good record in recent meetings with Inter Milan. Vincenzo Montella’s players also head into the match in much better spirits than the opposition and we believe they can extend a good run of results in Derby della Madonnina.
With Mario Pasalic suspended, Matias Fernandez is expected to start in the playmaker role, whereas Gabriel Paletta should be recalled.
Key Factors to Consider
- AC Milan won last four matches at San Siro
- Inter won just one of last six competitive meetings with the Rossoneri (D3 L2)
- Both teams scored in Inter Milan’s last six matches
- AC Milan won six of last nine games (D2 L1)
- The Nerazzurri conceded 2 goals in each of their last three fixtures
Inter Milan are going through a rough patch at the moment and the poor Derby della Madonnina record will place extra pressure on the Nerazzurri. AC Milan, on the other hand, are flying high at the moment and we are backing them to make it five straight wins at San Siro.
Verdict: Away win
Best Odds: 11/4
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