Kick-off: 1930, 21/10/2018
Stadium: San Siro
Inter Milan and AC Milan both head into Sunday’s Serie A derby in great spirits but we just feel the Nerazzurri are more like the finished article this term.
Luciano Spalletti has added some ultra-professional performers to a strong and settled spine to give his side every chance of competing for top honours in Italy and Europe.
The Rossoneri are making good progress under Gennaro Gattuso but have not quite caught up with their city rivals in our book.
We’re siding with this weekend’s designated hosts to prevail at 27/20 as our initial Inter Milan vs AC Milan prediction.
A Look At Inter Milan’s Betting Odds
Inter have been able to build a team around star front men Ivan Perisic and Mauro Icardi, last season’s joint-leading scorer in Italy’s top flight.
Bringing in the likes of Lazio centre-half Stefan de Vrij, Atletico Madrid full-back Sime Vrsaljko and Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan has elevated them to a new level.
A run of six straight victories has included Champions League triumphs over Tottenham on home turf and PSV Eindhoven in Holland.
Coming from behind in both of those matches shows the mental toughness Inter now have and that will make them formidable opponents in any big game.
Icardi was on target in the two European victories, as well as striking from the penalty spot in a triumph over Fiorentina and bagging a brace at Spal before the international break.
A Look At AC Milan’s Betting Odds
After under-achieving for several seasons, AC Milan do look back on the right track under the hard-working Gattuso.
The Rossoneri are on an unbeaten run of eight games since going down 3-2 at Napoli in their Serie A opener.
However, the quality of opposition has been questionable, with only a stoppage-time win over Roma and a 3-1 Europa League defeat of notoriously poor travellers Olympiacos catching the eye.
Gonzalo Higuain has justified paying out big money for a veteran performer by netting six goals in his last five games, while fellow front man Patrick Cutrone looks a hot prospect.
We’re just not as convinced about the overall quality of this squad, though, especially with defensive trio Alessio Romagnoli, Mattia Caldara and Andrea Conti having been hit by injury problems.
Only one of the last 12 Milan derbies have been settled by more than one goal, with seven draws coming in that period, so we’re expecting another close encounter.
But preference is for the Nerazzurri to shade it 2-1 at 35/4 to finish off our Inter Milan vs AC Milan betting tips.
Spal 1-2 INTER MILAN – Mauro Icardi (2)
AC MILAN 3-1 Chievo – Gonzalo Higuain (2), Giacomo Bonaventura
Head-to-head: Milan 0-0 Inter, Inter 3-2 Milan, Inter 2-2 Milan, Milan 2-2 Inter, Milan 3-0 Inter, Inter 1-0 Milan
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