Preview - AC Milan vs Inter Milan 18 March 19

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Match Day 28
AC Milan vs. Inter Milan
Monday, March 18th 2019
03:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: San Siro

AC Milan: 
Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals per match: 1.52
Average goals against per match: 0.85
Top Scorer: Krzysztof PiÄ…tek (6)

Inter Milan:
Last five matches form: W W D L W
Average goals per match: 1.48
Average goals against per match: 0.81
Top Scorer: Mauro Icardi (9)

The big one on Match Day 28 in Serie A comes at the San Siro. It's Milan derby times as AC act as hosts to Inter. With AC third and Inter fourth, and only a point separating the sides, and in addition Roma only three points back in fifth spot, there's plenty riding on this in terms of Champion's League qualification in addition to the fierce local rivalry.

The past two games between the sides have been very tight. Inter winning the reverse fixture this season by a 1-0 score-line, and this game last season ending in a goalless draw.

Giacomo Bonaventura looks like being the sole absentee for AC Milan. Inter Milan will be without top scorer Mauro Icardi, Sime Vrsaljko, Radja Nainggolan and Miranda.

AC Milan have been solid at home this season, losing only two of 14 - to Juventus and Fiorentina. They have won their past three here, and kept a clean sheet in their last four.

Inter started well away from home but have now won only two of their past nine. The Nerazzurri have kept only three clean sheets in 14 away outings and disappointingly lost to Cagliari in their latest away fixture.

Form can sometimes go out of the window in this fixture, but AC are playing the better football, look more solid at the back and, perhaps crucially, appear to have the more settled camp at present. We see the home side taking this one.

Prediction: AC Milan 2 - 0 Inter Milan


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 2 - 3
Shots:  11 - 14
Shots on target: 5 - 5
Corner Kicks: 7 - 4
Possession: 56% - 44%

Ricardo Rodriguez, Alessio Romagnoli, Suso and Andrea Conti were all booked for the home side, with referee Marco Guida also taking the names of Marcelo Brozovic, Matias Vecino and Roberto Gagliardini of Inter.

This was as fiendishly fought as one would expect from the Milan derby. Milan had more of the ball, but Inter looked very threatening throughout, and having gotten off to a dream start they never really looked like relinquishing their advantage, although AC certainly made a game of it.

It was Inter who struck first in just the third minute. Good work from Ivan Perisić on the right, making space to loft a cross to the back post. Lautaro Martinez getting up to nod back across goal and Matias Vecino smashing high into the net from a couple of yards. And that's the way it stayed until the break.

Six minutes into the second half Inter doubled their advantage. A short corner routine from the right ending with Matteo Politano playing a good cross into the area. Stefan De Vrij getting on the end of it to power a header into the right-hand side from ten yards out in a central area.

Six minutes later the home side were back in it. Hakan Calhonoglu playing in a free kick from deep on the right and Tiemoue Bakayoko rising highest to finish with an excellent header into the top right from ten yards.

23 minutes from time, Inter had breathing space once more. Matteo Politano dancing into the right corner of the eighteen-yard box and going over the dangling leg of Samu Castillejo. Penalty kick. Lautaro Martinez converting into the bottom left.

AC didn't lie down though and again clawed one back in the 71st minute. A free kick from the right being diverted towards his own goal by Danilo D'Ambrosio and being well saved by Samir Handanovic, only into the path of Mateo Musacchio a few yards out to the right though and the defender thumping the ball home.

Handanovic was called on once more to make an excellent stop from a Suso header but Inter held on. 2-3 final score.

Big win for Inter. They move above AC and into third spot. AC drop down to fourth but with Roma losing at SPAL are still four points clear of fifth in the race for the Champion's League.

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