Judgment Day, ruled by Italian champion AC Milan against arch-rivals and last season’s runner-up Inter for the 177th time in the Italian league, Saturday’s meeting at San Siro is the latest chapter in the long-running rivalry between the two teams. 19 First Division titles each.
After Juventus dominated Italian football for a decade, the famous Derby della Madonnina was in flames more than ever. Last season, Milan and Inter went to the Scudetto, with Stefano Pioli narrowly out front. Nothing should change this term, as both teams strive for a second star on their jerseys.
Despite heading into this encounter unbeaten in all four Serie A matches this season, Milan’s title defense has been a slow start. The Rossoneri They alternated between winning and drawing in their first four league matches. In fact, they had to thank Mike Minyan for avoiding a surprise in the 0-0 draw with Sassuolo last time out.
Unlike Milan, Inter opened the new season with a promising streak of three wins from four league matches. However, their lone Serie A defeat so far came at the hands of the only prominent opponent, Lazio. Simone Inzaghi’s side lost a disappointing 3-1 loss at Stadio Olimpico in the third round but rebounded to beat newly promoted Cremonese 3-1 in the middle of the week.
Milan drew in each of last season’s Coppa Italia encounters against Inter and could go out without goals in three consecutive meetings with their city rivals for the first time since 1980. However, Rossoneri a necklace Nerazzurri Without victories in each of the Serie A matches in 2021/22 (W1, D1), including a 2-1 win in the last Serie A match.
Despite being only nominal hosts in this match, Milan could collect six consecutive home wins in Serie A for the first time since August 2014. Pioli established his side’s decent start to the season on a solid defense that kept clean sheets. In the last two league matches.
However, you have to go back to April 2018 to find a file Rossoneri The last closure against Inter in the first division. In fact, Milan have ceded at least once in eight consecutive league meetings with Nerazzurri Where. With Simon Kjaer back in the fold after a long-term injury, Pioli’s side may have a chance to keep their opponents at bay.
Except for the aforementioned defeat in Rome, Inter have scored at least two goals in their remaining three Serie A matches this season. Napoli’s tally of just nine outpaced their seven-goal total, suggesting Inzaghi’s men could do a lot of damage to the defending champions’ defense on Saturday.
Returning to Giuseppe Meazza after a disappointing season at Chelsea, Romelu Lukaku could be the catalyst to set things back. Nerazzurri favor. He was top scorer twice in his last appearance in the Derby della Madonnina as Inter beat AC Milan 3-0, ironically still his last victory in H2H so far.
Inzaghi has a personal agenda here. After failing to win his first two Serie A derbies at the helm, he could become the first Inter coach to go out winless in his first three league games against Milan since 1993. He also wants to avoid being caught up in the training center for his team’s back-to Behind the first division defeats at the hands of Rossoneri For the first time since 2011.
Milan coach Pioli is still without Ante Rebic and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, while Alessandro Florenzi sustained a hamstring injury at Sassuolo in the middle of the week. Sergino Dest could appear on the one-day deadline for the first time at right-back, with Rossoneri Hopefully Divock Origi will return in time to form the team.
As for Inter, Dalbert is the only confirmed absentee as Inzaghi is still praying for Lukaku to win his race against time to get back to full fitness. A possible Belgian absence could put Joaquin Correa back into the mix, as the Argentine has scored four goals against AC Milan, more than any other Serie A opponent.
Milan vs Inter potential formations
Milan (4-2-3-1): Mike Minyan; Theo Hernandez, Fikayo Tomori, Peter Kalolo, Sergino Dest; Sandro Tonali, Ismail bin Nasser; Junior Messias, Rafael Liao, Charles de Kitila; Olivier Giroud.
Inter Milan (3-5-2): Samir Handanovic; Milan Skriniar, Stefan de Vrij, Alessandro Bastoni; Denzel Dumfries, Hakan Calhanoglu, Marcelo Brozovic, Nicolo Barilla, Federico DiMarco; Lautaro Martinez, Joaquin Correa.