Matchday 22 of the 2020/21 Serie A season sees AC Milan host Inter in the third derby della Madonnina of the season in all competitions at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.
A rivalry steeped in history, the two sides have faced each other 177 times in the Serie A, and Inter have won the majority, racking up 68 wins compared to AC Milan’s 54.
Earlier in the season these two sides faced each other in the first stage of the leagues fixtures, and Milan won 2-1, providing the Rossoneri with their first win against Inter in 9 attempts.
Inter head into this game in good form. The Nerazzurri sitting pretty at the top of the table, one point ahead of Sunday’s opponents, and have won 4 of the last 5 matches.
Inter also continue scoring the most goals in the Serie A with 54 goals so far, and the 3rd lowest amount conceded, remaining tied with Hellas Verona on 24.
Milan now head in to a match not leading the table since Match Day 4 of the season, and it is against their main rivals for the title, and their closest rivals to boot off the top spot.
Milan’s form has been a wee bit shaky in the last 5 matches, winning 3 and losing 2. They sit in 5th place for goals scored, with a total of 45, and also 5th place for the least amount of goals conceded, with 25.
Inter may have the highest scoring team in the league so far, so it should come as no surprise to tell you that they also boast the joint top scorer too.
Romelu Lukaku pulled level with Cristiano Ronaldo last week with his brace against Lazio, and now sits on 16 goals and 4 assists.
Milan’s attack is not to be sniffed at either, as their top scorer this year is none other than Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The 39 year old seems to be turning back the clock as he has banged in 14 goals in 12 matches and is averaging an astonishing 69 minutes per goal, the best in the league.
An interesting stat to look upon for these sides is the average age of each team, as Inter have one of the oldest squads in the league, players averaging 28.3 years.
Meanwhile Milan have the youngest squad, with them averaging an incredibly youthful 24.1 years, and that’s with fielding a 39 year old Ibrahimovic.
While these clubs share a stadium, being the home side does seem to have an effect when it comes to Milan’s chances of winning.
Although Inter have won the same amount of times both home and away, 34 each, It does seem to correlate whether Milan can claim all 3 points, as they have won 29 times as the home side, compared to 25 as the away side. Could they make it 30 this time?
This may be the 178th time these two clubs have played one another, but you will struggle to find one that was more important than this, as the winner could easily be seen as the favourite to go on and lift the trophy at the end of the year.