In what is one of the most fiercest rivalries in European football, Inter Milan will look to regain top spot in Serie A and pick up local bragging rights when they face their bitter rivals at the San Siro on Sunday night.
Picking up a 2-0 win over Udinese on the road last weekend and extending their unbeaten run to nine matches across all competitions, Antonio Conte’s men sit just three points adrift of the defending champions.
On the flip side, while AC may have only managed to snatch a point off of Verona last time out, I Rossoneri are enjoying quite the resurge and now have their sights set on securing a European finish this year.
While Stefano Pioli’s squad might be in the midst of their own seven-match unbeaten and booked their spot in the semi-final of this year’s Coppa Italia, AC do hold a worrying record against their bitter rivals.
Suffering a 2-0 defeat when the two sides faced off back in September, Inter have won each of the last three Milan derby matchups on the bounce and a similar victory can be found at 1/1 with Coral.
Lukaku’s purple patch continues
While back-to-back draws against Leece and Cagliari may have seen Inter Milan sacrifice top spot to Juventus last month, Antonio Conte’s men have bounced back in some style.
Picking up three points away at Udinese last week and also booking their spot in the semi-final of this year’s Coppa Italia thanks to a 2-1 win over Fiorentina, there is no doubt that the former Chelsea boss will be most excited by Romelu Lukaku’s continued purple patch.
Bagging both strikes against Udinese last time out, the former Manchester United striker has only continued to shine following his Old Trafford switch last summer.
Already recording 24 goals for club and country since opening the 2019/2020 campaign, the Belgian marksman has recorded eight strikes in his last eight matches across all competitions.
Forming an eye-catching partnership with strike partner Lautaro Martínez, Lukaku also found the net in Inter’s 2-0 victory over I Rossoneri earlier in the season.
You might be interested to know that betting offers like the 26-year-old can be found at 21/20 with Bet365 to extend on that tally this weekend.
AC on the rise
Although Stefano Pioli may have been disappointed to have only played out a 1-1 draw against Verona at the San Siro last weekend, I Rossoneri’s are in the midst of what has been quite the resurge.
Despite battling it out in the bottom half of the Serie A standings last year, the one-time Inter boss has seen his side skyrocket up the table and now sit within touching distance of securing a European return.
Winning five of their last seven appearances and enjoying an unbeaten run that stems back to the 22nd of December, AC have undoubtedly been boosted by the return of Zlatan Ibrahimović.
While Inter might have one leading marksman enjoying an extended purple patch, Pioli will be hugely excited by the recent success of Turkish international, Hakan Çalhanoğlu.
Finding the net against Verona last time out, the 25-year-old also bagged a brace in AC’s 4-2 victory over Torino in the last round of this year’s Coppa Italia.
Enjoying arguably his brightest spell at the San Siro, Çalhanoğlu can be found pencilled in as high as 9/2 with William Hill to breach Inter’s defence on Sunday night.