Preview - Inter Milan vs AC Milan 22 October 18

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Match Day 9
Inter Milan vs AC Milan
Monday, October 22nd, 2018
03:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: San Siro

Inter Milan:   
Last five matches form: L W W W W
Average goals per match: 1.50
Average goals against per match: 0.75
Top Scorer: Mauro Icardi (3)

AC Milan:
Last five matches form: D D D W W
Average goals per match: 2.14
Average goals against per match: 1.43
Top Scorer: Gonzalo Higuaín (4)

It's derby day in Milan this coming weekend as Inter and AC lock horns in the big game on Match Day 9.

It is Inter who head into this fixture in marginally the better form of the two, having won each of their past four in Serie A and rising to third in the standings.

AC Milan have been pretty solid themselves of late though and are now unbeaten in eight in all competitions. A win here would put them just one point adrift of their big rivals, with a game in hand.

Inter won this game 3-2 last season, with the reverse fixture finishing up in a goalless draw.

Inter have the luxury of having a full squad from which to select ahead of one of their biggest games of the season. Even with the Champions League looming in midweek we would still expect them to field their first choice eleven here. AC Milan must do without Ivan Strinic and Riccardo Montolivo.

Form can go out of the window in full blooded derby games such as this, but it's pretty tough to split these two in any case. Inter Milan are undoubtedly playing well both in Serie A and in the Champions League, but AC have only lost once in seven Serie A games themselves and have proved a tough nut to crack for most sides. We see this ending in a score draw.

Prediction: Inter Milan 1 - 1 AC Milan


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots:  12 - 12
Shots on target: 4 - 3
Corner Kicks: 9 - 4
Possession: 58% - 42%

We typically had a fair few bookings in what is always a heated derby clash. Matteo Politano and Keita Balde were booked for Inter. Lucas Biglia, Hakan Calhanoglu, Davide Canabria, Suso and Tiemoue Bakayoko of AC all having their names taken by referee Marco Guida.

Very little to split these two over the course of ninety minutes. Inter did shade possession but the teams were dead level on the total shots count and for a long time it looked as though it was set to be honours even at the San Siro.

If there's one thing about this Inter Milan side though it's that they simply never give up. Late, late goals have become something of a speciality for the Nerazzuri already this season and they pulled off their favourite trick once again here.

Inter were causing havoc with crosses into the area early on. Gianluigi Donnarumma making a couple of smart stops and Stefan De Vrij seeing an effort hit the corner of post and bar.

AC did come into the game more as time wore on, but were only really fashioning half-chances at beat. Then just when it looked as though they would hang on for a point…

There didn't appear to be much room for Matias Vecino out on the right hand side in the 92nd minute. He did somehow find half a yard to whip in a tremendous cross though. Mauro Icardi showing all his predatory instincts to get on the end of it and nod home from around six yards to spark pandemonium in the stands.

Inter maintain their position in third spot with this win. AC Milan are way back in twelfth.

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