AC Milan and Inter Milan will meet in Serie A at the San Siro Stadium on Sunday. This grand match, titled Derby della Madonnina, will be a race for the third place in the Italian League standings and at the same time the slot for the Champions League next season.
Milan are now ranked third in the Italian League standings, while Inter are one strip below with only one point adrift. To maintain the position in the standings and widen the distance, AC Milan coach, Gennaro Gattuso, is predicted to use full strength when entertaining his rivals.
In a 4-3-3 pattern, the young goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnaruma will be under the crossbar. The duo of Matteo Musacchio and captain Alessio Romagnoli will be a mainstay in the heart of the defense, supported by Davide Calabria and Ricardo Rodriguez on the right and left side.
A true duet of midfield, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Franck Kessie will be relied on to guard Milan's engine room, which will be commanded by Lucas Paqueta as a midfield general.
Meanwhile, on the front lines, there are many choices, but Gattuso will rely on Krysztof Piatek as a bludgeon. As for the right and left, Gattuso's choice might fall to the Hakan duo Calhanoglu and Suso.
On the other hand, Inter Milan, who have just been eliminated from the Europa League, are predicted to re-shuffle their squad. Coach Luciano Spalletti is predicted to still carry a 4-2-3-1 formation, but with a different composition of players.
However, the goalkeeper post will likely remain entrusted to Samir Handanovic. Spalletti will likely rely on Stefan De Vrij and Milan Skriniar at the heart of the defense. To add strength to Milan's wing, the duo Cedric Soares and Kwadwo Asamoah are predicted to be revealed by Spalletti.
In midfield, Spalletti will be without midfielder Radja Nainggolan who is injured. Therefore, the double pivot position is predicted to be handed over to Roberto Gagliardini and Marcelo Brozovic.
In the position of the right and left wing, duo Matteo Politano and Ivan Perisic will be relied upon to tear apart the defense of Milan. To support Lautaro Martinez as the main threat in attack, the former Roma coach is predicted to add Portugal midfielder Joao Mario.
Inter Milan: Samir Handanovic; Cedric Soares, Stefan De Vrij, Milan Skriniar, Kwadwo Asamoah; Roberto Gagliardini, Marcelo Brozovic; Matteo Politano, Joao Mario, Ivan Perisic; Lautaro Martinez
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