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

When AC Milan won the 19th Scudetto

Enjoy the title celebrations from May 2022 as AC Milan clinched a 19th Scudetto title with a 3-0 win over Sassuolo.

AC Milan vs Inter: Line-ups

AC Milan


Inter’s Goal Drought Will Be Their Downfall


Going on to secure their first title for over a decade at the end of the season – and edging out their foes by a margin of two points – Stefano Pioli’s side currently hold the upper hand in the two giants’ unending battle, but both have recently surpassed their long-dominant counterparts from Turin.


As they seek to hold off the challenge of new-look Juventus – plus Inter, Roma and perhaps several others – to preserve their status as Italy’s top dogs, Milan are naturally targeting a fast start to the 2022-23 campaign. However, two lacklustre draws over the past fortnight have left the Rossoneri trailing, ahead of the season’s first Milan Derby.


After being held 1-1 by Atalanta in another Lombardy tussle, Pioli saw his men get the better of Bologna at San Siro, before travelling to Sassuolo on Tuesday night. Having rotated their squad, Milan produced a rather turgid display and were forced to settle for a goalless draw at the venue they were crowned champions just a few months ago – and they required a Mike Maignan penalty save to help them secure it.


Just after Milan endured a frustrating evening in Emilia-Romagna, Simone Inzaghi steered his side to success against promoted Cremonese; bouncing straight back from defeat to his former club. Lautaro Martinez had scored in that 3-1 loss to Lazio, and the Argentina international was on hand again to cap off a 3-1 win at San Siro and put Inter on nine points from a possible 12 so far – just one shy of league leaders Roma.


The Nerazzurri are nominally the away side on Saturday, but having now posted six successive Serie A wins on their own patch – and scored in each of their last 16 league games – they are intent on wresting second city supremacy from their Rossoneri rivals.

DPP Verdict

Meeting for the 177th time in Serie A, these two titans have recently risen back to the top of the Italian game through improved management and investment, and there is not a lot to separate them. However, Inter’s ability to find a goal from anywhere across a squad which is slightly deeper than Milan’s should prove the difference in the season’s first Derby della Madonnina.