18:45 GMT 15 October 2017
Football fans across Europe breathe a sigh of relief as another international break comes to an end. But they have been rewarded with one of the biggest fixtures in world football on the first weekend back. Arguably the biggest derby across the globe returns for the 2017/18 season as Inter and AC Milan face off at the San Siro. While both sides play their home games at the iconic stadium, Inter play the role of hosts and they are third in Serie A while AC Milan, the ‘visitors’ are seventh with seven points separating the rivals.
As two of the giants of Italian football, Inter and AC Milan have always been relatively even and the recent results would support this. In the last five matches, Inter slightly edge it as they have won two while their rivals have won one which leaves two draws. Both meetings last season ended as 2-2 draws, the only two matches in the last six between the sides where both teams have scored. Christian Zapata scored a 97th-minute equaliser in the fixture back in April.
Head to head matches: Inter Milan - AC Milan
|15.04.2017||Seri||Inter Milan||AC Milan||2:2|
|20.11.2016||Seri||AC Milan||Inter Milan||2:2|
A win for Inter would put them in a very good position as they could overtake Juventus, the team they are currently level on points with. However, they are without last week’s hero, Marcelo Brozovic, who picked up a calf injury in training. He isn’t expected to return to the side until mid to late November.
Latest matches: Inter Milan
|01.10.2017||Seri||Benevento Calcio||Inter Milan||1:2||W|
|24.09.2017||Seri||Inter Milan||Genoa FC||1:0||W|
|19.09.2017||Seri||Bologna FC||Inter Milan||1:1||D|
|16.09.2017||Seri||FC Crotone||Inter Milan||0:2||W|
|10.09.2017||Seri||Inter Milan||Spal 2013||2:0||W|
Even though it is still very early days in terms of the whole campaign, AC Milan need to get at least a point against their arch-rivals. Hakan Calhanoglu is still suspended while Giacomo Bonaventura and Nikola Kalinic should return to the matchday squad after flu and a calf strain respectively.
Latest matches: AC Milan
|01.10.2017||Seri||AC Milan||AS Roma||0:2||L|
|28.09.2017||UEFA||AC Milan||HNK Rijeka||3:2||W|
|24.09.2017||Seri||Sampdoria Genoa||AC Milan||2:0||L|
|20.09.2017||Seri||AC Milan||Spal 2013||2:0||W|
|17.09.2017||Seri||AC Milan||Udinese Calcio||2:1||W|
With big derbies like this, it is never clear cut as to who is favourites to win the match but it has to be Inter that are considered as the stronger side for this one. However, it won’t be plain sailing for them as their opponents have got some top players. A draw is a real possibility as neither team will want to give too much away but if anyone is favourite to pick up all three points, it’s Inter.
15 October 2017 - 18:45 GMT
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