Inter have dominated this derby in recent years and have only lost one of the past 11 meetings since 2016/17, while they’ve won six of seven since 2018/19.
Typically this fixture has produced plenty of entertainment, with nine of the last 12 featuring at least three goals, including each of the past four.
Milan will be hoping for a different outcome this time around after a fantastic start to their Serie A campaign, where they’ve won 10 of 11 unbeaten games as only Juventus have taken a point off them.
In fact, Stefano Pioli’s men have now won 14 of 16 unbeaten league games since the start of May. However, whereas the Rossoneri registered clean sheets in eight of the first 10 of these appearances, winning seven by at least two clear goals, the subsequent six outings have seen them shut their opponents out on just a single occasion, while they won by more than a single goal on just one occasion as well.
Inter are W9-D4-L2 this season across all competitions as their only defeats have come against Real Madrid and Lazio.
However, although only suffering the one league defeat and sitting in third place, they’re already seven points adrift of Napoli and Milan. They’ve also drawn games with Atalanta and Juventus, as they’re yet to claim a victory over a top team this season under Simone Inzaghi.
Milan finished between fifth and 10th for seven seasons in a row between 2013/14 and 2019/20, but they ended up in second place last term, even if they weren’t close to title winners Inter and could easily have dropped out of the top four on the final day.
Still, they have improved greatly under Stefano Pioli and have clearly kicked on this season, so we’re not convinced that Inter’s strong run in this fixture is set to continue.
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Milan do have one or two selection issues ahead of this clash. Ante Rebic is seemingly touch and go to feature in this clash, though Rafael Leao has been in fine form in his absence, while Milan are hardly without attacking outlets with Olivier Giroud and Zlatan Ibrahimovic both available.
Pioli does potentially have a bigger problem at left-back however, where Theo Hernandez misses this fixture through suspension after his sending off in the win over Roma last weekend. Fode Ballo-Toure is still a doubt owing to an ankle complaint, so Pierre Kalulu could start at left-back, though has struggled away from his preferred flank on his weaker foot.
Given the nature of this fixture in recent seasons, it would appear that goals are on the agenda. Both teams have scored in five of Milan’s last six league games, while Inter’s only clean sheets this season have come against bottom-half sides Genoa, Empoli and Udinese.
Neither side has drawn a blank in the current campaign as of yet, with Inter scoring at least twice in nine of their 11 games, while Milan have done so in eight of theirs.
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