It’s derby time!
Inter will face their archnemesis and city rivals AC Milan at the San Siro for the Derby Della Madonnina. It is one of the most-anticipated and most-watched rivalries in sports history.
It is one of those derbies in football where fans absolutely go all out with emotions and expressions. It’s a matter of bragging rights. It’s a matter of being ‘The team’.
However, the north and the south ends of the San Siro will remain bleak this Saturday. The chants, the echos, and the waving flags will be missing this time around.
Unprecedented times and circumstances continue as COVID-19 impacts the daily lives of millions around the globe.
A Derby however is a Derby and the score at the end of it will matter the most.
Statistics & Encounters
Inter coming off of a 1-1 draw against Lazio from 10 days ago whereas AC Milan beat Spezia 3-0 at the San Siro 2 weeks ago.
Both sides come into this game unbeaten in Serie A this season.
Inter’s Lautaro Martinez and Romelu Lukaku have scored 3 goals each so far this season. Achraf Hakimi sits on top of the assist table with 2.
Milan is yet to concede a goal, with Gianluigi Donnarumma keeping three clean sheets so far.
Inter Milan have been very dominant over their city rivals in the last couple of years, having won the last four encounters with a total goal difference of 10-4.
The last time Rossoneri celebrated a win against Inter was in 2017 in Coppa Italia.
The two clubs last met each other a few months ago, with Inter beating AC Milan 4-2.
Suspensions and Team News
Inter have a few injury issues to deal with due to the Coronavirus. Ashley Young, Ionut Radu, Radja Nainggolan, Roberto Gagliardini, and center-backs Milan Skriniar and Alessandro Bastoni have all tested positive for coronavirus and will not feature in the Derby.
Midfielder Matias Vecino is out with an injury. Stefano Sensi will serve his suspension.
AC Milan will be without Matteo Gabbia, Ante Rebic, Andrea Conti, and experienced center-back Mateo Musacchio.
Inter (3-4-1-2): Samir Handanovic, Danilo D’Ambrosio, Stefan de Vrij, Kolarov, Achraf Hakimi, Arturo Vidal, Marcelo Brozovic, Ivan Perisic, Nicolo Barella, Lautaro Martinez, Romelu Lukaku
AC Milan (4-2-3-1): Gianluigi Donnarumma, Davide Calabria, Simon Kjaer, Alessio Romagnoli, Theo Hernandez, Ismael Bennacer, Sandro Tonali, Brahim Diaz, Hakan Calhanoglu, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Rafael Leao
AC Milan: 1
Inter is among the favorites to win the Scudetto this season, and Antonio Conte has some world-class players available to him. While they may have some key players out, Inter still boasts a formidable squad to win this Derby.