Have you seen Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events? If not, I recommend it (I’m a huge Neil Patrick Harris fan and he’s excellent in the show).
At its most basic level, the show’s premise is that anything that can go wrong to a family of orphans does. The series’ theme song serves as warning, with lyrics ironically imploring the viewer to look away:
This show will wreck your evening, your whole life, and your day
Every single episode is nothing but dismay
Ask any stable person "should I watch?" and they will say
Watching the Nerazzurri the past few weeks, I think this disclaimer should be added at the beginning of the telecast for Inter fans. Simply put, the club enter the Derby della Madonnina in the worst possible form. The past three matches have been an unmitigated disaster, and I sincerely hope you were able to “look away.”
That said, and for better or for worse, Inter will play an important match tomorrow. Every Milan Derby is meaningful, but this edition will be crucial in the race for a Europa League spot – don’t look now, but AC Milan are now leading Inter by two points in the table.
Considering Inter’s upcoming schedule, a loss to Milan tomorrow could see the club miss out on European football for the second time in three years, something that was nearly unthinkable at the end of January.
AC Milan will be eager to impress their new owner. Early this week, Silvio Berlusconi officially sold the club to Li Yonghong. As a result, both of Milan’s clubs are now backed by wealthy Chinese investors, singling the beginning of a new footballing era in Italy’s second largest city.
I hate to be a pessimist – and part of me is hopeful that last week’s embarrassing 2-1 loss to Crotone will be a wakeup call for the team, and that the derby is enough motivation for the players to put in maximum effort – but given Inter and Pioli’s track record against top sides this season, it may be best to “look away” tomorrow. Here’s hoping I’m wrong.
When: Saturday, April 15th, 6:30am ET/12:30pm CET
Where: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan, Italy
There are (thankfully) no injuries or suspensions for either side. Roberto Gagliardini is set to return to action for Inter.
Probable Starting XIs
Inter (4-2-3-1): Handanovic; D’Ambrosio, Medel, Miranda, Ansaldi; Gagliardini, Kondogbia; Candreva, Banega, Perisic; Icardi.
AC Milan (4-3-3): Donnarumma; Calabria, Zapata, Romagnoli, De Sciglio; Sosa, Pasalic, Kucka; Suso, Deulofeu, Bacca
How to Watch
TV: Sky Sport 1 HD, Sky Calcio 1 HD, Sky Sport Mix HD & PremiumSport HD (Italy), BT Sport 1 (UK).
Online: Sky Go Italia & Premium Play (Italy); beIN SPORTS CONNECT (USA), BT Sport Live Streaming (UK)
(For other countries' streaming and broadcasting options see here)