AC MILAN vs INTER MILAN BETTING PREVIEWAC Milan have lost two Serie A games in a row - against Verona and Atalanta - and have been overtaken by Atalanta and Fiorentina in the table. In four league matches at the helm, the new manager Rino Gattuso only registered four points. With problems mounting for Gattuso, there are rumours that he could be set for a quick exit as the club is expected to bring Vincenzo Montella back after sacking him last month. The Rossoneri, who are sitting in 11th place in the Serie A standings, have also lost the first Derby della Madonnina of the new season back in October (3-2).
Gennaro Gattuso will have a full squad to choose from with the exception of right-back Andrea Conti. He will change to his usual 4-3-3 formation in which Nikola Kalinic should be the central striker, supported by Suso and Giacomo Bonaventura out wide. Patrik Cutrone and Andrè Silva are the main alternatives to the Croatian forward. In goal, Gianluigi Donnarumma is a major doubt and could be replaced by Marco Storari. In defense, Dante Calabria should get the nod over Ignazio Abate while Manuel Locatelli should be the preferred player to form the midfield trio alongside Lucas Biglia and Frank Kessie.
Inter Milan have dropped to the third spot on the league table with a draw against Juventus (0-0), a 1-3 home loss to Udinese and a 1-0 defeat at Sassuolo since early December. Anyway, their campaign overall should be considered a success given the pre-season predictions as they went on a 16-match unbeaten run in the league and topped the table for two weeks. The Nerazzurri qualified for the Cup quarterfinals thanks to a hard-fought win on penalties over lowly Pordenone in the previous round. As to direct matches, Inter finally ended a three-match winless streak against the city rivals two months ago when a Mauro Icardi's hat-trick helped the Nerazzurri to secure a 3-2 victory.
Luciano Spalletti have to do without Danilo D’Ambrosio and Miranda who were forced off with injuries last time out. Joao Cancelo and Andrea Ranccohia are expected to join Milan Skriniar and Yuto Nagatomo in the four man defense. Borja Valero is set to play behind the lone striker, who will be, with no doubt, Mauro Icardi. Joao Mario is a viable alternative but the Portuguese is rumoured to move elsewhere during the transfer window this January and could be rested. Matias Vecino and Roberto Gagliardini should anchor the midfield while Ivan Perisic and Antonio Candreva are likely to retain their berth as offensive wingers.
AC MILAN vs INTER MILAN PROBABLE LINEUPS
Inter Milan (4-2-3-1): Padelli; Cancelo, Skriniar, Ranocchia, Nagatomo; Vecino, Gagliardini; Candreva, Borja Valero, Perisic; Icardi
AC MILAN vs INTER MILAN ODDS
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AC MILAN vs INTER MILAN PREDICTIONS
|AC Milan or Draw Double Chance
|2-1 Correct Score
|AC Milan to qualify
|Sending off in the match