AC host Inter in first Milan derby of the season.
The Rossoneri are still likely to be without star Brazilian striker Pato, which means Giampaolo Pazzini should continue to deputise up-front, with in-form Stephan El Shaarawy playing just behind. Defender Didac Vila and midfielders Sulley Muntari and Rodney Strasser are all definitely out.
Dutch talisman and club captain Wesley Sneijder is a major doubt for the “visitors” after picking up a thigh injury, while Rodrigo Palacio, Dejan Stankovic and McDonald Mariga are also expected to miss out. There will be a late fitness test on Romanian defender Cristian Chivu, though Inter are unlikely to change from their back three which has served them well thus far this term.
Javier Zanetti will make his 45th derby appearance in all competitions, overtaking Giuseppe Bergomi as Inter’s record holder. AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini is the only player on both sides to play in more derbies: 56.
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Last Six Milan Derbies
(All games played at the San Siro)
14.11.2010 – Inter 0-1 Milan
02.04.2011 – Milan 3-0 Inter
06.08.2011 – Milan 2-1 Inter
15.01.2012 – Milan 0-1 Inter
06.05.2012 – Inter 4-2 Milan
Did you know?
AC Milan and Inter last shared the spoils 19 games ago, a record which stretches back to October 2004
The Rossoneri’s (AC) biggest ever win against their bitter rivals was an 8-1 hammering in the Coppa Mauro back in the 1917-18 season
The Diavolo (AC) have the upper hand in derbies as in all competitions they have won 81 games to Inter’s 76
Inter have had the bragging rights in the last two league clashes winning 4-2 in May as Diego Milito (pictured, right) scored a hat-trick, (the first in a Milan derby since 1953) and a 1-0 victory before that with the Argentine again being the difference.
The Nerazzurri’s (Inter) biggest win against their closest opponents was a 5-0 thumping back in February 1910.
If Inter score two or more goals against Milan on Sunday, they will have scored over 300 goals against the Rossoneri.
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