The Milan Derby is one of the biggest in the world, but in recent years the lack of a challenge from AC Milan in the league standings has taken a little away from the games.
Now, AC Milan are seemingly showing they are back in some form this season, and the battle is back on. With Inter defeated in the first meeting of the season 2-1 last month, it certainly is game on.
The games this season are unlikely to be played in front of sell out crowds, but this could be the year that this rivalry gets the reignite that we have all been looking for to take it to a new level.
This could be great news for Inter, who have looked as though they need a spark all season long, let’s hope it kicks them into gear.
Is It Better For Inter When AC Milan Are Good?
We’ve seen AC Milan trail behind Inter over the past few seasons, and that has been great for the fans of Inter to watch. However, there is a case to be made that AC will push Inter to be even better, so it is good that they are putting up a challenge.
The squad this season looks a little out of touch, this could be the season more than ever before when they need a boost from being chased by their old rivals.
Inter are undefeated since being beaten by AC Milan, but that has been with one win and two draws. Finding the cutting edge needed to win games has been a problem for them, something we saw highlighted in the recent 1-1 draw with Atalanta.
Who Will Win This Season?
This is going to be fascinating. Whatever you think of the title credentials of both teams, which we will come onto shortly, who will win the race between the two Milan clubs this year?
Inter have the quality edge, they have a better recent record of challenging near the top of the table too. However, their lack of finishing is hurting them right now. When needing a goal to either kill a game off or turn a draw into a win, ideas are few and far between.
What AC Milan don’t have in quality, they make up for in togetherness and a willingness to win. That has helped them remain unbeaten so far this season, they are just one of three teams to do so.
The race seems to rest in the hands of Inter Milan. If they can get their game together, they have the quality to overcome AC Milan, but if not then their old rivals could well take this.
Are Either Team Genuine Title Contenders?
Juventus are the favourites for Serie A this season, which should come as no surprise, with Inter Milan in behind and then Napoli, AC Milan and Atalanta rounding off the main challengers.
The bookmakers think Inter have a better chance of winning out of the two Italian clubs, but both have been given a solid chance. Those wanting to keep ahead of this battle can follow football betting tips from Oddsmanager for the latest from Serie A.
In a similar process to above, the title is in the hands of Juventus at the moment because they have far too much quality for both Milan teams and the rest of the league if they play to the best of their ability.
However, we’ve seen them come out of the blocks slow, giving others a chance. Can anyone grab it and use their opportunity? Only time will tell.