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  • October 7, 2012
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Serie A Preview: AC Milan - Inter

Serie A Preview: AC Milan - Inter

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Both sides have had their troubles on and off the pitch this season but this match offers an opportunity for the Lombardy giants to kick-start their campaigns

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

AC MILAN

Abbiati
De Sciglio, Bonera, Zapata, Antonini

De Jong, Ambrosini
Nocerino
, El Shaarawy, Emanuelson
Pazzini

INTER

Handanovic
Ranocchia, Samuel, Juan
Zanetti, Gargano, Guarin, Pereira, Nagatomo

Milito, Cassano


It is the first Derby della Madonnina of the season and in terms of importance for either side, the stakes could not be higher. The 'San Zero' hoodoo may be over as both Milan clubs recently recorded victories against Cagliari and Fiorentina respectively, but the frustration felt by fans in recent weeks will pale in comparison to a defeat to their fiercest rival on Sunday.

Inter coach Andrea Stramaccioni has already played down his side's chances of victory insisting that the Rossoneri are favorites, but whether he is just attempting mind games with under-fire boss Massimiliano Allegri is up for debate, having steered his side to third in Serie A with a 100 percent record away from home, while Milan lies in 11th position.

Both teams head into this fixture with morale-boosting victories in Europe as Milan saw off Russian champions Zenit St Petersburg 3-2 in the Champions League while Inter overcame Azerbaijani club Neftchi Baku 3-1 in the Europa League on Thursday.

Dutch talisman Wesley Sneijder is a major doubt for Inter having sustained a thigh injury. Rodrigo Palacio, Dejan Stankovic and McDonald Mariga are also expected to miss out while there will be a late fitness test on defender Cristian Chivu, though Inter is unlikely to change from its back three which has served it well thus far.

The Rossoneri are still likely to be without star Brazilian striker Pato, which means Giampaolo Pazzini is in contention to start upfront with in-form Stephan El Shaarawy playing in behind the Italian. Defender Didac Vila and midfielders Sulley Muntari and Rodney Strasser are also unavailable.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • AC Milan and Inter last shared the spoils 19 games ago, a record which stretches back to October 2004.
  • The Rossoneri's biggest ever win against their bitter rivals was an 8-1 hammering in the Coppa Mauro back in the 1917-18 season.
  • The Diavolo have the upper hand in derbies as in all competitions they have won 81 games to Inter's 76.
  • Inter has had the bragging rights in the last two league clashes winning 4-2 in May as Diego Milito (pictured, right) scored a hat trick, (the first in a Milan derby since 1953) and a 1-0 victory before that with the Argentine again being the difference.
  • The Nerazzurri's biggest win against their closest opponents was a 5-0 thumping back in February 1910.
  • If Inter scores two or more goals against Milan on Sunday, it will have scored over 300 goals against the Rossoneri.

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