2022-23 Italian Serie A week 20 preview: Inter vs AC Milan

If this soirée appears to have happened recently, it is because it did. Two and a half weeks since the Supercoppa Italiana, rivals Inter and AC Milan will go at each other’s throat once more, this time at the Italian Serie A.

This is their third meeting this 2022-23 club football season. Milan prevailed in their first encounter, 3-2. But that felt like a long time ago considering the proximity of their second and third meetings. It also feels that way because there is a wave of difference between the red and black-shirts in September last year to the one parading the past several weeks.

With them bunched with other teams between second and sixth on the table, a win or loss could dictate whether they play at the UEFA Champions League or the UEFA Europa Conference. Aside from the difference in prestige and prize money, where they end up would also determine their competition calendar for next season.

Stats and Head-to-Head

It is indeed a rivalry as no side leads the other in the head-to-head department. In their last six entanglements, each camp shares two wins against the other as well as two draws.

I Rossoneri have conceded two goals or more in their last four appearances on the pitch. This trend stretches to six if only Serie A matches are considered.

Inter, on the other hand, have found it easy to score against their San Siro co-tenants. They had the ball past the goal line a total of eight times in their three most recent matches against the devils of Milan.

Recent form (last five matches)

AC Milan
lost to Sassuolo, 2-5
lost to Lazio, 0-4
lost to Inter, 0-3
drew with Lecce, 2-2
lost to Torino, 0-1

defeated Atalanta, 1-0
defeated Cremonese, 2-1
lost to Empoli, 0-1
defeated AC Milan, 3-0
defeated Verona, 1-0

What to expect in Inter vs AC Milan Serie A match

For one, expect fireworks of the figurative kind. Or maybe even literal; we never know how far the rabid fanbases of both sides would take it given that their last faceoff is still fresh from everyone’s minds. Still, those who live in this derby would not get enough even if both sides met every week.

The two have combined for eight goals in their last two clashes. Will there be more scored this weekend?