Match Time: 20:45 local
Match Location: San Siro, Milano
Since 2014, Derby Della Madonnina used to be fairly equal on paper. This year, it is a different story. Milan plays for Champions League spot while Inter plays for the Scudetto. Serie A this season is very competitive with 3 teams fighting to be declared the winner. Both teams have motivations to win the derby. In this round of the competition, Juventus lost to Hellas Verona which might be the opening Inter need to regain the first spot. On the other hand, The difference between 6th and 11th on the table is only 4 points which means any loss can dramatically reduce the chances of reaching a Champions League spot.
When it comes to tactics and performance, Milan is playing 4-4-2, a formation that seems to be working but definitely has its downs too. Having an undefeated run cannot hide the fact that Donnarumma is playing a big part of it. The defensive line is still not solid enough and the midfield can be outnumbered easily. However, according to GDS, Pioli is willing to start with 4-2-3-1 formation with Hakan Calhanoglu behind the Ibrahimovic instead of Leao drifting around to create space. This will add better density to the midfield which can be a key factor in the game.
On the other hand, Inter are missing two key players , Lautaro Martinez and Handanovic. Before the arrival of Eriksen, Conte used to play 3-5-2 with Lukaku and Lautaro upfront. Recently, Conte tried 3-4-1-2 with Eriksen behind the strikers. Given the current situation, according to GDS, Conte will most likely play 3-5-1-1 with Eriksen behind Lukaku. This will create a very dense midfield that will be very hard to go through.
Probable Lineups according to GDS
Milan (4-2-3-1): Donnarumma; Hernandez, Romagnoli, Kajer, Conti; Rebic, Bennacer, Kessie, Castillejo; Calhaoglu; Ibrahimovic
Inter (3-5-1-1): Padelli; Skriniar, De Vrij, D’Ambrosio; Young, Vecino, Brozovic, Barella, Candreva; Eriksen; Lukaku