The Milan derby headlines the Serie A action this weekend as Inter Milan lock horns with the archrivals AC Milan at the San Siro on Saturday evening.
Antonio Conte’s first season was a promising one for Inter last season as they finished runners up behind Juventus in the battle for the Scudetto and made a deep run in the Europa League, going all the way to the final which they lost to Sevilla. Much more is therefore expected from Inter this season.
They kicked off the season with a seven-goal thriller, edging Fiorentina 4-3 at the San Siro, thrashing Benevento 5-2. The last outing saw them sharing the spoils at Lazio in a bad-tempered 1-1 draw that saw both teams reduced to 10 men.
Inter’s defence still has some work to do. The attack, however, has not lost a beat from last season with dynamic duo Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez bagging three goals apiece in their 3 matches.
AC Milan have had a 100% start to the new season and are tied on 9 points with Atalanta at the summit of Serie A, but with an inferior goal difference. Unlike Atalanta however, they have kept a clean sheet on all their 3 games, albeit having played bottom feeder teams Bologna, Crotone and Spezia. They’ve also qualified for the Europa League group stages after scraping through three pre-qualifiers.
Stefano Pioli will have been pleased to see his side carry over momentum after a strong finish in the second half of last season.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has made a full recovery from the virus and is expected to be available for selection.
Inter Milan have one of the best-attacking formations in the league. They have scored a goal in each of their last 12 straight games in all competition. They generally tend to be quick off the blocks, scoring the first goal in all these 12 games, including last season’s Europa League final. Although AC Milan have kept a clean sheet in their three matches, it’s basically because of the quality of opposition they have faced. The Nerazzurri has too much firepower upfront which cannot be compared with the teams AC Milan has shut out and they will be a real litmus test for AC Milan. We are backing them to score the first goal of the game @ 1.78 with Bwin as our initial betting tip for this game.
Inter Milan have had the edge in recent Milan derbies. They have won the last four straight derbies including both games last seasons and haven’t lost to the Rossoneri as the home team in the last five home matches. We expect a closely fought match but we fancy Inter to have the edge here and we are backing an Inter Win (Draw No Bet) @ 1.62 with Bwin betting app as our final betting tip for this 226th ‘Derby della Madonnina’.
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