Milan got the last leg of their season off to the best start possible with a four-zero crushing against a sorry Palermo side. Milan had endured a mixed spell picking up 17 points from eight games before the Palermo match and they need to finish strong to ensure that they qualify for European competition.
And in case you’ve been living under a rock the past few weeks, Milan have new owners! David Han Li and Li Yonghong have completed their purchase of AC Milan. This means today’s match? It will have more significance than ever before. Today’s derby marks the start of Milan’s new era. Today’s derby will go a long way to guaranteeing a European space. Today’s derby will ensure Milan stay above Inter with a win. There hasn’t been a more crucial derby game in a while, has there?
Inter slipped last week to Crotone and gave Milan a two point buffer between 6th and 7th. Inter could gain ground with a win today, ideally that will not happen.
The pressure is on for both sides. Inter fall away from the pack with a loss. Milan lose their footing with a loss. What’s more, each team has a chance of succumbing to their closest rivals. Watch out for Inter hotshot Icardi, who will look to bury Donnarumma today to secure the win for his side. It will be Suso and Deulofeu that Inter need to beware of - as well as Carlos Bacca if the Colombian has put his shooting boots on.
When And Where: San Siro, Saturday 16th of April 2017, 11:30 a.m. GMT
Prediction: Milan 2 - 2 Inter
With so much on the line and the eyes of the world watching, the San Siro will put on a show. Great for the neutral, but frustrating for the fans of the two Milanese sides who failed to capitalise.