Serie A | Inter vs AC Milan: 5 Talking Points Before Kick Off

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Inter Favourites to Win Derby


This weekend’s 230th staging of the Derbi di Milano brings together two sides heading in different directions since they last met, as Inter have since leapfrogged their second-city counterparts in the league table, thereby becoming favourites to retain the Scudetto. Following their 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture, Inter may have been denied a fourth Derby win out of five, but have now lost just one of their 11 most recent meetings with Milan in the league. Not only that, but while the Nerazzurri progressed in the Champions League, their San Siro-sharing cousins have exited continental competition altogether – and the blue-and-black side of the city is predominant again.


Last time out before the international break, Edin Dzeko’s late winner against Venezia took Inter clear of both Milan and Napoli in the title race and also proved that Simone Inzaghi’s side could win when not at their free-flowing best. Their 2-1 victory over the Lagunari means that the champions are now unbeaten in 28 home matches in Serie A – winning 25 times during that spectacular spell – with their last league loss at the Meazza coming in October 2020 to none other than Milan.


Having added a touch of daring to the Nerazzurri’s final-third play since his arrival, Inzaghi has based his side’s ascent to the Serie A summit on an increasingly impenetrable back line: keeping a clean sheet in seven of their last nine league games, a period in which they have conceded only twice.


Having assumed a submissive role in the relationship over recent years – no more so than when overhauled by Antonio Conte’s squad in the Scudetto race last spring – vengeance may be a factor this week for both Pioli and the inimitable Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who are both former Inter employees. The pair have formed an unlikely alliance amid Milan’s revival of the past two years, and will be determined to keep their club’s campaign on track despite a lack of transfer window activity.


Milan’s failure to sign a centre-back to cover the season-ending injury sustained by defensive mainstay Simon Kjaer and ongoing fitness concerns of Fikayo Tomori may come back to bite them sooner rather than later – with Inter’s ruthless attack certain to target such weaknesses on Saturday.

DPP Verdict

Most markers point towards a ‘home’ win on Saturday, as Inter are again in the ascendancy and victory would establish a significant lead over Milan in the title race. The Nerazzurri’s attacking adaptability and greater strength in depth should help them overcome an increasingly inconsistent opposition side, which might even prove a knockout blow for the Rossoneri’s Scudetto aspirations.