As a football fan, you won’t be short of exciting matches to watch live on television this weekend, but one stands out more than most. The game of the day from a crucial weekend in Italy pairs Inter and AC in the hotly anticipated 2023 Milan derby. These rivals are responsible for giving fans some of the most fantastic matches in this competition over the years. Will Sunday’s renewal live up to the hype, giving armchair fans plenty of goals and even more talking points? You’ll find out on Sunday, but before then, you can make predictions on how you think the game will go.
Napoli is the runaway leader in Serie A, and although it’s still early in the season, there looks to be no stopping them. They ultimately control the league and take confidence from winning a UEFA Champions League group, including Liverpool, Ajax, and Rangers. The squad is playing confidently, which has rubbed off on the fans, who are convinced the league title is in the bag. That may not be the case, and four other teams will believe they are the main danger, but Inter Milan currently sits in the silver medal position and have more to give.
These teams are no strangers to meeting in crucial fixtures, and this is a derby that means the world to both sets of fans. But happened when Inter and AC last went toe-to-toe? Fans of Italian football may remember Inter silenced their rivals with a stunning 3-0 win in the Italian Super Cup. That victory is more than a year old now, and it will be interesting to see how both teams and managers have improved since then. Will we see Inter Milan do the double over their neighbours? You may fancy AC Milan to fire back and claim their revenge for that loss. Keep reading for our thoughts and predictions.
Inter struggle for consistency
Inter Milan was expected to win the Italian Serie A by a comfortable margin as fans and pundits appreciated the skill, depth, and experience of their squad. But things rarely go to plan in this competition or in Italian football, and it would now be a major shock if Milan were to win the title from here. Napoli has barely put a foot wrong in this campaign and is miles clear of Inter Milan in second and the rest of the chasing pack. The difference between Napoli and Inter at this stage of the year is 13 points, and with the pace-setters showing no signs of slowing down, many fans are already convinced Napoli are champions in waiting.
Milan prepared for this game with their stats for the season after 20 games showing 17 wins, two draws, and one defeat, with 40 goals scored and 26 conceded. It’s not that Inter has endured a difficult campaign; they have just been powerless to stop a Napoli team that has impressed in the Serie A and Champions League. The 13 points is a huge gap for Milan to try and cover, but they won’t throw in the towel and allow Napoli to walk to the trophy. Putting pressure on the leaders at every opportunity between now and the finish line is crucial. Milan needs an extended winning streak to get back into contention.
Their recent form doesn’t do much to inspire confidence in them turning things around. In their previous six outings, Inter has won three, drawn one, and lost the other, with that defeat coming in their penultimate start. We last saw them in action when beating Cremonese 2-1 on the road last weekend. That was a match they were expected to win without fuss and a match they needed to win ahead of the Milan derby. They got the desired result, but there was nothing to encourage fans. A double from La Martinez won the day and saved Inter’s blushes after Cremonese had taken the lead inside 11 minutes.
AC Milan is winless in four
AC Milan head into the latest Milan derby knowing anything less than three points would be a disaster for both fans and the club’s chances of success this season. They have been pushed out of the title picture following a poor run of results and have dropped to fifth in the table. A top-four finish is the least Milan fans would expect from this season, but securing a place in next term’s Champions League is far from being a foregone conclusion. They have a long road ahead if the team is to match the ambitions of supporters.
With 20 games on the board, Milan has a record of 11 wins, five draws, and four defeats, with 37 goals scored and 29 conceded. When investigating the stats, we can flag where AC Milan has been struggling and what they must improve on ahead of this crucial derby match. Milan has won the same number of games as Lazio in third and scored more goals than the team sitting in the bronze medal position. They have 38 points against their name, which leaves them level with third-placed Atalanta. There’s still all to play for, and if AC wins this game, they could climb to second in the table, leapfrogging their rivals.
Despite still being in the mix, AC Milan is winless in their last four games at this level. That drought consists of a pair of draws followed by back-to-back defeats. They were last seen in action losing 5-2 at home to Sassuolo in one of their worst performances in recent memory. AC was beaten from pillar to post by a hungry opponent that wanted it more. Fans were up in arms, furious about losing five goals and the game at home to an opponent hovering just above the relegation zone with five wins all season.
Inter Milan v AC Milan prediction
Both halves of the Milan divide know this is a must-win game and that may lead to a tense and nervous 90 minutes. The draw wouldn’t suit either team’s chances of finishing second or putting pressure on Napoli.
Serie A odds
22bet members can back Inter Milan at 1.99 or AC Milan at 3.62. The draw is 3.62.
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