Following the final World Cup qualifiers, top flight club football returns to our screens this weekend with an array of mouth-watering fixtures across the big leagues in Spain, England and Italy. As far as Sunday’s action is concerned, they din’t come any bigger than the Milan derby.
The two sleeping giants appear to have been awoken thanks to fresh cash injections in recent times, making this clash arguably the most hotly anticipated Derby della Madonnina in some years. You can watch the drama unfold live from 7:45PM British time. Here’s all you need to know ahead of the Sunday showdown.
Inter Out To Confirm Milan Dominance
It seems a lifetime ago since Inter’s heroic treble under Jose Mourinho, but new boss Luciano Spalletti has got the Nerazzurri playing far better than they have in recent years and will already be eyeing up a return to Champions League football. They’ve certainly started the campaign well, and a win in the season’s first derby would further underline those intentions.
The firepower of Mauro Icardi, Ivan Perisic and Marcelo Brozovic has certainly worked wonders up to this point and those stars will be eager to capitalise on the defensive problems of their rivals. In truth, though, their greatest success has come from possessing Serie A’s tightest backline.
After seven games, they’ve shipped just three goals. Three clean sheets from three have helped Inter maintain a 100% record at the San Siro. If they make a strong start here, there’s a very good chance that they can extend that sequence to four.
Then again, their fierce rivals may have something to say about that.
A.C Still Fitting The Jigsaw Together
The Rossoneri made big noise this summer thanks to a string of big signings, but Vincenzo Montella has struggled to find the winning formula to get the best out of his squad. Nonetheless, there is a feeling that this great club could also be on its way back to the top table of Italian – and possibly European – football.
A.C have still managed to beat the lesser teams but defeats to Roma, Sampdoria and Lazio have highlighted the fact that they might struggle against some of the stronger teams, at least until their tactics are in good order.
Montella’s side do boat the attacking talents to challenge their city rivals, however. Former Premier League flops Suso and Nikola Kalinic have become key players in the early season while Patrick Crutrone is probably the hottest teen sensation in Italy right now. With the likes of Hakan Calhanoglu and Franck Kessie offering further quality, the technical visitors can be quietly optimistic.
If they do cause the minor upset, their chances of challenging for the top four will suddenly look a lot brighter too.
Inter Milan V A.C Milan Betting Tips
Home advantage might not mean too much against the team they share a stadium with, but Inter are still the favourites for Sunday’s derby at odds of 11/10 with 888sport. A.C, meanwhile, are priced 23/10 and the draw is 5/2.
This could be the most energetic encounter between the two for some time, and there’s a good chance that this will lead to bad tackles from both teams. With this in mind, we’re backing the card line to be beaten with ease.
As for the result, A.C’s lack of defensive identity could come back to haunt them in spite of possessing very good players. This should open the door for Icardo and co. to gain plenty of success.
The visitors may well score too, which is why we’re avoiding the ‘win both halves’ market. Nonetheless, there is every reason to believe Inter will grab a goal either side of the break. At 2/1, it’s well worth a punt.