AC Milan vs Inter Milan-03-09-2022

This is a local derby between AC Milan and Inter Milan as it is time for the first Derby Della Madonnina of the 2022-23 season of the Italian Serie A. AC Milan and Inter Milan have made similar starts to the season and appear evenly matched heading into this one.

The meeting of Milan’s finest will be the highest profile fixture of the weekend Serie A calendar as Milan host Inter at San Siro. Stefano Pioli’s defending champions have enjoyed a solid unbeaten start to the 2022-23 campaign with eight points picked up from their first four games.

However, Inter Milan are the in-form team in the Italian top flight with nine points on the board, only bettered by Jose Mourinho’s Roma with 10.

Simone Inzaghi’s side has impressed in front of goal in the opening month of the campaign, with only Napoli scoring more in the opening four games – 10 to Inter’s nine.

Form Guide: Inter Milan

Inter Milan’s start to the campaign has only been slightly better than AC Milan’s, as they sit just one point above their rivals. They have claimed three wins this season but have already been outclassed 3-1 by Lazio.

The Nerazzurri bounced back from the defeat at Lazio in style as they triumphed 3-1 over Cremonese on Tuesday. Efforts from Joaquin Correa, Nicolo Barrella, and Lautaro Martinez gave them a 3-0 lead before the visitors pulled one back.

One difference between the two sides is that Inter Milan has not lacked quality in the final third. They have found the net in every match this season, with Lautaro Martinez on two goals. 

Form Guide: AC Milan

Although they are still unbeaten this season, AC Milan would have been targeting a much better start to the campaign. They have claimed two wins and as many draws from their opening four matches, slightly off last season’s start, when they began with three victories and a draw.

AC Milan failed to find their spark in midweek as they were held to a 0-0 draw at Sassuolo. They could only manage two attempts on target and could have lost, with Mike Maignan saving a first-half penalty.

The problem for AC Milan is that they have struggled to find that attacking quality that was so easy to come by last season. The likes of Olivier Giroud and Rafael Leao have not been at their best this season. However, manager Stefano Pioli will take solace from the fact that the Rossoneri are still unbeaten.

How the game could go

Last season, AC Milan pipped Inter to the title by just two points. Therefore, the head-to-head matches between these sides will go a long way to determining who has a better season. Last season, Milan beat Inter away from home, and it was that result that ultimately proved to be a title decider. Derby matches are always fiery and tough, but we are backing the home side to win or draw this match.

Inter, along with league leaders Roma, are the only two sides that have achieved three wins so far in the league, although they have played an extra match against most of the other teams. The visitors have not had the most successful pre-season as they won only one of their five matches, but their league form has assured them that they will be easy to beat in this match.

The defending league champions have only lost one of their last 14 matches across all competitions, with 11 wins and two draws. Their home record is just as impressive and is unbeaten in their previous 12 matches, with eight wins and four draws.

Betting Predictions

Inter Milan to win

Since that narrow defeat, they have played two, won one, and drawn one. The most recent clash produced a convincing 3-0 home win with the goals scored by Gosens and a Martinez double. Fans would love to see more of the same here, but this renewal is expected to be far more competitive than before. Inter would be looking to replicate the previous results here and we are backing them to do just that. Bet9ja have 2.64, 1xbet have 2.66 and Paripesa have 2.66 odds.

Under 2.5 Goals

We’re not expecting a lot of goals in this game as Ibrahimovic and Lukaku are both absent through injury and two of the last four meetings between the two clubs have produced under 2.5 goals. Under 2.5 goals have also been scored in four of AC Milan’s last six matches in all competitions. The hosts have kept three clean sheets in their last six outings and should prove to be a tough nut to crack on Saturday. Bet9ja have 2.00 odds, Paripesa have 2.06 and 1xbet have 2.06 odds.

Anytime Goalscorer (AC Milan)

Rafael Leao

A couple of goals in the preseason were followed by just one goal in four appearances for Leao in Serie A. He was on the scoresheet the last time AC Milan won a Serie A game as he scored against Bologna. Today he would be returning to the stadium where he scored his only goal this season for Milan. He has a good record against Inter Milan and could be instrumental today. Bet9ja have 3.65 odds for him to score while Paripesa have 2.87.

Giroud

With Rebic injured Giroud would be given the nod to start today’s match. Just like his teammate upfront he has just the one goal coming from his side’s win at home to Bologna. The veteran striker would be looking to help With a win over Inter Milan, his team could retain the title, and his goals would undoubtedly count. Bet9ja has 3.25 odds for him to score, while Paripesa have 2.50.

Anytime Goalscorer (Inter Milan)

Lautaro Martinez

The Argentine is currently the top scorer for his side this season in Serie A, with three goals already to his name. He has continued his blistering form from last season with him being the difference most times when his club faces other teams. This match wouldn’t be any different for him as he can produce the goals. Bet9ja have 3.15 odds for him to score, while Paripesa have 2.50.

Joaquin Correa

The midfielder looks to be the real thing as he has already scored two goals for his side in Serie A this season since joining from Lazio. He has had very good returns playing just behind the striker this season, with his two goals coming from matches that Inter Milan have won this season. The forward has a connection with his national teammate up top, and this could count for something today. Bet9ja have 3.85 odds for him to score, while Paripesa have 3.40.

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