Derby della Madonnina will see struggling Milan attempt to return to the top half of the standings at the expense of their arch rivals Inter, but that looks a mission impossible when we know that the Neroazzurri have won all away games this season.
Milan have been struggling to cope with the numerous departures of key players during the summer and they don’t look like they can mount a serious title challenge this season.
The Rossoneri were utterly disappointing at the start of the season, winning just one of their first five games in all competitions, but they have been showing some improvement of late.
The home win over Cagliari was followed by 1-1 draw at Parma, but it was the Champions League victory over Zenit that acted as a major confidence boost before the all-important clash with Inter.
Max Allegri’s side are now 2.60 (8/5) with Paddy Power to beat their bitter rivals, with Stephan El Shaarawy, the man who scored 5 goals in last 4 games, is 3.25 (9/4) with Ladbrokes to continue the amazing run.
The talented coach has recently reverted to four-man defence, which has brought a considerable improvement, especially as Ignazio Abate recovered from injury.
Allegri is now without Sulley Muntari, Rodney Strasser, Didac Vila, Alexandre Pato and Djamel Mesbah, whereas Francesco Acerbi is doubtful.
Probable starting line-up (4-3-1-2): Abbiati – Abate, Bonera, Mexes, Antonini – Montolivo, Ambrosini, Emanuelson – Boateng – Pazzini, El Shaarawy.
Inter, too, have experienced some problems in the opening exchanges following the serious changes to the playing squad in the summer.
However, while the team have been thoroughly impressive on the travels, they were on a five-match winless run at Giuseppe Meazza before finally beating Fiorentina last weekend.
Seeing that this is formally an away game for the Neroazzurri and taking into account they have won on all six travels this term, one could be tempted to back them at odds of 3.00 (2/1) offered by BetVictor.
Andrea Stramaccioni was able to rest most of his starters in the Europa League win over Neftchi, which is something his Milan counterpart couldn’t do.
Dejan Stankovic, McDonald Mariga, Wesley Sneijder and Cristian Chivu are all out injured, whereas Rodrigo Palacio is doubtful.
Probable starting line-up (3-5-2): Handanovic – Ranocchia, Samuel, Juan Jesus – Zanetti, Guarin, Gargano, Cambiasso, Pereira – Cassano, Milito.