Monday, July 22, 2019

Prediction: Milan vs Inter

Verdict: Total goals under 2.5

Best odds: 4/6

Bookmaker: Bet365

AC Milan welcome Inter Milan, nominally as the hosts though both teams play at the same stadium, to what is expected to be a fiery city derby in the 28th round of the 2018/19 Serie A season on Sunday evening, local time.

AC Milan

The Rossoneri have been undefeated in all competitions since their mid-January defeat at the hands of league leaders Juventus in the Italian Super Cup, winning seven and drawing three of the following 10 games. They are currently on very good form, and head coach Gennaro Gattuso seems to have finally put together a truly competitive team.

Team News

Defender Mattia Caldara has returned to fitness following a five-month injury absence, and the only player still out is midfielder Giacomo Bonaventura.

Inter Milan

The Nerrazzuri haven’t exactly matched the form of their city rivals recently. They’ve won five, drew two and lost three of their last 10 games in all competitions, and have suffered a heavy blow on Thursday when they were defeated in Frankfurt and knocked out of the Europa League by Eintracht. However, they sit only a point behind Milan, and form rarely comes into the equation when it comes to derbies.

Team News

Manager Luciano Spalletti won’t be able to call upon midfielder Radja Naingolann who is out injured, but midfielder Marcelo Brozović and forward Lautaro Martinez are back in contention having recovered from injury issues of their own.

Striker Mauro Icardi remains frozen out of the squad being unable to reach an agreement over a new deal with the club.

Conclusion

It’s never easy to call a game like this in advance, apart from it being a hard battle for both sides, but with both teams much better at defending than attacking recently, perhaps the best call would be few goals, if any.

Verdict: Total goals under 2.5

Best odds: 4/6

Bookmaker: Bet365

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Veselin Trajkovic


Vesko is a football writer that likes to observe the game for what it is, focusing on teams, players and their roles, formations, tactics, rather than stats. He follows the English Premier League closely, Liverpool FC in particular. His articles have been published on four different football blogs.

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