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Preview: AC Milan vs. Inter Milan – prediction, team news, lineups

The 224th Derby della Madonnina is the standout fixture of this weekend’s Serie A action as AC Milan and Inter Milan renew hostilities at the San Siro.

Milan sit seventh in the Serie A table after three games of the season, already three points adrift of their biggest rivals and league leaders Inter.


Match preview

AC Milan head coach Marco Giampaolo pictured in July 2019© Reuters

It is now six years since AC Milan finished in the top four of Serie A, slumping as low as 10th during that spell as they continue to search for a recipe to restore their former glories.

Ever-improving finishes of seventh, sixth, sixth and fifth over the past four seasons suggests that they are heading in the right direction, but progress has been slow-going for a club that has been crowned champions of Europe seven times.

Much of their past success has been built on a rock-solid backline, and under new boss Marco Giampaolo they do at least seem to be edging back towards that all-important trait.

The Rossoneri have conceded just one goal in their three league games this season, keeping a league-high 10 clean sheets in 2019 including back-to-back ones heading into this match.

However, for every Paolo MaldiniFranco Baresi and Alessandro Costacurta in Milan’s history, there is also an Andriy ShevchenkoFilippo Inzaghi or Marco van Basten, and it is at the sharp end of the field where they have been let down recently.

Giampaolo’s side have scored just twice this term, with all three of their matches so far ending in a 1-0 scoreline – defeat to Udinese on the opening day before narrow victories over Brescia and Hellas Verona.

Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte pictured on September 14, 2019© Reuters

Saturday’s match will be their toughest test yet, particularly considering the flying start Inter have made to life under new boss Antonio Conte.

The Nerazzurri have won all three of their league games this season – the only team in Serie A to still boast a 100% record – and have very real ambitions of finally being able to threaten the unprecedented dominance of Juventus this season.

Like their neighbours, Inter have been something of a fallen giant in recent campaigns and have not finished higher than fourth since 2010-11 – the year after they won a treble and a fifth successive league title – but they do seem to be further along in their path to recovery.

Expectations were tempered a little in midweek, though, with Inter needing a 92nd-minute equaliser from Nicolo Barella to avoid a shock defeat at home to Slavia Prague in their opening Champions League group game.

Even a draw in that match could prove to be costly considering that they share a group with Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund too, but on the domestic front at least everything has started in ideal fashion for Conte.

AC Milan form: LWW

Inter Milan form: WWWD

 

 

Schedule

September 21, 2019
Milan 6:45 PM Inter Milan
September 26, 2019
Torino 7:00 PM Milan

 

Results

September 15, 2019
Hellas Verona 0 - 1 Milan
August 31, 2019
Milan 1 - 0 Brescia