Derby matches against AC Milan are always significant for any Inter Milan supporter, but the third installment of the Milan Derby will play a substantial part as both clubs vie for a Champions League spot.
Over the weekend, Inter were able to stretch their lead after their 3-0 defeat over Verona. On the other hand, Milan had a tough task in trying to get points on the road where they failed to do so in a 3-1 defeat against Juventus.
Inter will now look towards the rubber match against Milan where they won the first in October by 3-2 while Milan got the upper hand in the Coppa Italia with a 1-0 win.
The first matchup had Mauro Icardi put on a show against the arch-rival as he scored a hat-trick leading to the iconic Messi celebration. Their second matchup was low-scoring, and it wasn’t until the 104th minute when 20-year-old Patrick Cutrone would score the lone goal.
However, this matchup will have severe effects on the Serie A table as Milan with 50 points, currently sit in sixth place, eight behind Inter who occupy the fourth and final CL spot with 58 points. With a win, Inter can leap over Roma who failed to secure a win over a Bologna side who hadn’t won in the past four fixtures.
Furthermore, along with moving into third place, but that’s not all as they can bury any CL hopes Milan has. With a win, Inter can push them towards playing in the Europa League for a second straight season; which would make for a victory all but sweeter for Inter supporters.
While on the pitch, Icardi and Perisic are heating up as Inter looks to their two vital contributors on offense to help the squad in the final two months of the season. In his last two Serie A matches, Icardi has scored six goals; a four-goal performance versus Sampdoria and a two-goals against Verona. As for Perisic, the Croatian has two assists and two goals in last two matches.
For Milan, they’ll depend on Cutrone who has two goals in last five Serie A matches and has stuck a dagger in the hearts of Inter supporters already this season. Although Milan doesn’t have that game-breaking talent like an Icardi or Perisic, they still generate 16.7 shots per game, so it’s an offense by committee.
Inter’s chances of coming away with three points are simple, continue to play solid defense and have their offensive threats show up like they currently have as they’ve put their scoring woes behind them, at least it appears.
On the other hand, Milan needs to play solid defense and contribute offensively in the same match. In the first game, they were able to score but didn’t defend while in the second they defended but were lucky to scrape out a goal in extra time.
The Nerazzurri will look to apply pressure on Roma for third while fending off Lazio for fourth. After a rough stretch these last two months, Inter is still in the race for a CL spot and could all but put a final nail in the coffin for Milan’s disappointment of a season.
Here is a look at the team’s form over their last five games in all competitions (most recent result to the left):
AC Milan — LWLWL
Inter Milan — LWDWW
How to watch
Date & Time: Wednesday, April 4, 2018; 6:30 PM CEST (12:30 p.m. on the U.S. East Coast)
Location: Stadio Giuesseppe Meazza; Milan, Italy
TV/Streaming: For our fans in the US, the game will be shown on beIN Sports, beIN Sports Connect, Serie A TIM TV, fuboTV, and on iGol (online). For fans in the rest of the world, please click here to find out your viewing options.
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