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Prediction: AC Milan vs Inter Milan

Tom Dunstan in Free Soccer Predictions, Serie A 6 Nov 2021

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Verdict: Both teams to score

Best Odds: 4/6

Bookmaker: Unibet

In one of Europe’s most iconic rivalries, AC Milan and Inter Milan will face off at the San Siro on Sunday night in a contest that tends to produce fireworks.

AC Milan

Starting with the hosts, while many expected AC Milan to pick up a crucial Champions League victory in midweek, it was a sluggish display from the Rossoneri. Eventually having to come from behind as they snatched a 1-1 draw against Porto on home soil, Stefano Pioli’s side should be glad to make a return to domestic duties on Sunday night. Only continuing to shock many across Italy since opening the 2021/22 campaign, the one-time Inter boss finds his side firmly battling it out at the top of the table. Remarkably yet to taste a single Serie A defeat so far this season, AC have collected a staggering 31 points from their first 11 top-flight outings. With them and Napoli already holding a seven-point buffer over the chasing pack, this weekend’s hosts are also enjoying a real domestic purple patch. Last seen on Serie A duties picking up a 2-1 win against Jose Mourinho’s Roma on the road, the Rossoneri have won each of their last seven top-flight contests on the spin, a run that stems back to September 19th.

Team News

Picking up a knock, full-back Theo Hernandez will miss out on Sunday night at the San Siro.

AC Milan are also expected to once again be without the likes of Samu Castillejo, Mike Maignan, and Brahim Diaz.

Inter Milan

As for the visitors, while AC might have once again struggled with their European form in midweek, Inter Milan managed to pick up some perfect momentum on foreign soil. Claiming a deserved 3-1 win away at a high-flying Sheriff, the defending Italian champions have found themselves enjoying their own recent purple patch. Now under the guidance of new Head Coach Simone Inzaghi, the former Lazio boss finds his side enjoying a five-match unbeaten run across all formats, collecting four wins. Appearing to have bounced back from their 3-1 drumming against the Eagles last month, Inter now have their sights firmly set on trying to make up some ground in the title chase. While the Italian giants might have seen Romelu Lukaku head back to Chelsea over the summer, Edin Dzeko has done an impressive job of filling that void. With seven Serie A goals to his name since opening up the 2021/22 campaign, it should also be noted that they secured a thumping 3-0 win the last time they faced off against their bitter rivals back in February.

Team News

After settling for a place on the bench in midweek, Croatian forward Ivan Perisic is likely to come back into Inter’s starting XI on Sunday.

With a full-strength squad to choose from this weekend, leading marksman Edin Dzeko will once again lead the line.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides last faced off back in February, Inter Milan secured a 3-0 victory.
    • Likewise, the defending Serie A champions have won three of their last four meetings against the Rossoneri.
    • AC Milan have remarkably collected 31 Serie A points since opening the 2021/22 campaign.
    • Five of Inter’s last seven matchups across all formats have finished with both teams finding the net.
    • Likewise, three of AC’s last four contests across all formats have also finished with both teams finding the net.

    Conclusion

    In a contest that famously produces fireworks, neutrals from across Europe will be hoping for a similar affair on Sunday night. While AC might have had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Porto in midweek, the Rossoneri have only continued on a remarkable Serie A romp. Already holding a seven-point buffer over their bitter local rivals, Stefano Pioli’s side are also yet to taste defeat since opening the 2021/22 campaign. Collecting 31 points and winning each of their last seven top-flight contests on the spin, Inter will know that they must be at their best if they’re to make up some ground. However, landing a deserved 3-1 romp against Sheriff in midweek, the defending champions are also enjoying their own recent purple patch. It should be noted, with five of Inter’s last seven matchups across all formats finishing with both teams finding the net, we’re backing a similar outcome here.

    Verdict: Both teams to score

    Best Odds: 4/6

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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