Inter hosts AC Milan in round 24 of Italian Serie A. The match will be played on Saturday, February 5th at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (San Siro) (Milan)
Simone Inzaghi’s team leads the standings with 53 points after 22 matches. Inter gained 16 victories and five draws and suffered only one defeat. The Black and Blues are preparing for the resumption of the championship as the main favorites in the fight for the champion’s title. The current titleholders are having a very good season. Since the beginning of the championship, they have lost only to Lazio (1-3). Inter’s unbeaten run in the championship has already reached 15 rounds. On January 22, the Snakes scored three points in a home match against Venezia (2-1). The visitors opened the scoring, but Nicolò Barella equalized before the break, and Edin Dzeko pulled out a victory for the hosts in the 90th minute.
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Stefano Pioli’s team is in third place in the Serie A standings with 49 points. AC Milan has 15 victories, four draws, and four losses after 23 rounds. The Red-Blacks are one of Inter’s main pursuers, but they have slowed down in recent weeks due to numerous lineup losses. In the last three games, the Devils have not achieved victories in regulation time. They needed extra time to beat Genoa in the Coppa Italia (3-1), and then they suffered an unexpected defeat from Spezia (1-2) and shared points with Juventus (0-0).
In the current season, the bitter rivals have already crossed paths on November 7 in the 12th round of the Italian championship, and that game ended in a 1-1 draw. Hakan Calhanoglu converted a penalty for the Snakes, and the Red-Blacks were assisted by an own goal by Inter defender Stefan de Vrij. Now the nominal hosts will be the favorites of the game. Inter usually looks good in the Milan derby. The Black and Blues suffered only one defeat in nine previous head-to-head matches in Serie A and the Italian Cup. In addition, acting as the hosts, the reigning Italian champions achieved nine victories and two draws in eleven head-to-head confrontations. Another circumstance in favor of Inter is the personnel problems of Milan. The Red-Blacks have changed the center of defense due to injuries and are at risk of losing the attacking leader in the face of Ibrahimovic. Without top players, it will be difficult to resist the Nerazzurri, who have much fewer problems with the roster.