Wounded AC Milan are out for revenge as they prepare for an acid test in the derby against Inter in the Serie A on Sunday night.
Milan were humiliated in a 3-0 defeat to city rivals Inter in the Super Cup a fortnight ago and are ready to right their wrongs in this match.
Inter come into the game in second place with 40 points, 13 less than runaway league leaders Napoli while Milan are in fifth with 38.
Milan are on a poor run of form that has seen them go 6 games in all competitions without a win, including back to back Serie A defeats.
Inter are looking for a third straight win after beating Cremonense in the league before a 1-0 win against Atalanta in the Coppa Italia quarters.
Milan have won their last two matches against Inter Milan in the Serie A and could secure three such victories in a row for the first time since 2004.
Milan won the reverse fixture by a 3-2 margin and could complete a league double over Inter Milan for the first time since the 2010-11 campaign.
Former Inter boss Pioli now under pressure to produce a turnaround as Milan look to avoid four consecutive defeats for the first time since 2017.
The visitors have conceded 18 goals during January – more than the club have ever shipped in a single month throughout their long Serie A history.
What time does Inter vs Milan start?
The game kicks off at 10:45pm Kenyan time at the San Siro.
Inter vs Milan team news
Stefan de Vrij and Nicolo Barella return from suspension, and midfielder Marcelo Brozovic is back in full training following an injury.
Edin Dzeko partners Lautaro Martinez in the final third, the latter of whom has scored six goals against Milan in all competitions.
Hakan Calhanoglu and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are both fit and will start in midfield.
For the visitors, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is back in training but it’s soon for his return and Olivier Giroud will continue to lead the attacking line.
Tommaso Pobega and Rade Krunic are the front-runners to partner Sandro Tonali in central midfield.
Inter vs Milan head to head
Inter have a slight historical edge over AC Milan and have won 86 out of the 234 matches played between the two teams, as opposed to Inter Milan’s 79 victories.
Inter vs Milan current form
The visiting team have lost 4 games and drawn just one in their last 5 outings while Inter have won 4 times and lost just once in that run.
Inter vs Milan prediction
Both teams are expected to score in what is tipped to be an explosive encounter but Inter are favorites to win this game.