The UEFA Champions League returns to action this week with Inter Milan taking on Stefano Pioli’s AC Milan in an exciting semi-final derby at the San Siro on Thursday.
Inter Milan are currently in fourth place in Serie A and have been quite impressive this season. The Nerazzurri defeated AS Roma by a 2-0 scoreline last week and will look to repeat the feat in this match.
AC Milan, on the other hand, is currently fifth in the league table and has not been at their best this season. The Rossoneri defeated Lazio 2-0 in their previous match and will be confident going into this one.
AC Milan and Inter Milan will face off in the UEFA Champions League on 11th May 2023 at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium.
Know the Match Details
Competition: AC Milan vs Inter Milan, UEFA Champions League
Date: Thursday, 11th May 2023
Kickoff: 12:30 AM (IST)
Venue: Giuseppe Meazza Stadium
After a stumbling performance against Cremonese a few days earlier, Milan went with a more traditional starting XI against Lazio at the weekend, with Olivier Giroud, Theo Hernandez, and Sandro Tonali all returning.
However, Rafael Leao’s game was cut short in the first half due to a muscular injury, and Alexis Saelemaekers came on in his place, raising questions about his availability for Wednesday. If the Portuguese forward is unable to recover, Saelemaekers could be recalled instead of Ante Rebic.
Only Tommaso Pobega and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are expected to miss out due to injury, and the latter is not registered for the Champions League in any case, so Stefano Pioli’s only other change could be Brahim Diaz replacing Junior Messias on the right flank of a familiar 4-2-3-1 formation.
AC Milan Possible Starting Lineup:
Mike Maignan; Davide Calabria, Fikayo Tomori, Simon Kjaer, Theo Hernandez; Sandro Tonali, Rade Krunic; Brahim Diaz, Ismael Bennacer, Alexis Saelemaekers; Olivier Giroud
Meanwhile, Inter initially rested Lautaro Martinez, Edin Dzeko, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in Saturday’s game at Stadio Olimpico, but all three could return to the starting lineup in midweek.
A rejuvenated Romelu Lukaku, on the other hand, will have other ideas, as Simone Inzaghi has recently seen signs of life in the Belgian’s once-prosperous partnership with Martinez. If the famed ‘Lu-La’ partnership is reunited, Dzeko will be sidelined.
Milan Skriniar joins Robin Gosens in missing out due to injury, but Danilo D’Ambrosio may return to the squad after overcoming a muscular problem.
Inter Milan Possible Starting Lineup:
Andre Onana; Matteo Darmian, Francesco Acerbi, Alessandro Bastoni; Denzel Dumfries, Nicolo Barella, Marcelo Brozovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Federico Dimarco; Lautaro Martinez, Romelu Lukaku
AC Milan vs Inter Milan Head-to-Head and Key Numbers
- AC Milan’s last Serie A match was against Lazio, which they won 2-0. Ismael Bennacer and Theo Hernandez scored goals in the match at San Siro.
- Inter Milan’s most recent match was an away game against Roma at Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Inter Milan won this Serie A match 2-0, thanks to goals from Federico Dimarco and Romelu Lukaku.
- The last time AC Milan and Inter Milan met, Inter Milan won 1-0 at Giuseppe Meazza.
- AC Milan has won three of the last ten matches. Inter Milan has won five games and drawn the other two.
Statistics for AC Milan and Inter Milan
When making a prediction for Milan, keep in mind that the team is dealing with a serious problem. Rafael Leau, one of the key players, was injured in the 11th minute of the previous championship match (2-0 with Lazio), so his performance is questionable. If he does not play, Pioli’s men will have serious problems with their attacking plan, because the main center forward, Olivier Giroud, has poor goal figures and recently has a match score of less than 7.0. Remember that the Rossoneri defeated Napoli with a total score of 2:1 (1:0, 1:1) in the previous stage, and they enter the upcoming match on a nine-game winning streak.
When making a prediction for Inter, we will consider that the club has reached peak form, winning five consecutive games. Furthermore, Simone Inzaghi’s charges frequently play an aggressive attacking game, scoring at least two goals. It should be noted that in early May, a crushing victory over Verona with a score of 6 entered the asset:0. Despite their impressive results, the Nerazzurri are in a difficult situation. You will not only perform at the Euroarene, but you will also compete for the Italian Cup, the final of which will be held on May 24.
- Inter Milan have a better record in the Derby della Madonnina, having won 87 of the 235 matches between the two teams, compared to AC Milan’s 79 victories.
- AC Milan is unbeaten in four European competition matches against Inter Milan and won the previous such tie between the two teams in 2003 on away goals after a 1-1 aggregate scoreline.
- AC Milan and Inter Milan have already met three times this season in all competitions, with Inter Milan winning the last two.
- AC Milan have suffered defeat and failed to score a single goal in their last two matches against Inter Milan, despite winning the first meeting between the two teams this season 3-2.
- AC Milan has only lost one of their last six UEFA Champions League semi-finals at the San Siro.
AC Milan vs Inter Milan Prediction
Inter Milan have made significant strides in recent weeks and will look to build on their recent success in the Derby della Madonnina. Romelu Lukaku scored over the weekend and will look to replicate his heroics on Wednesday.
AC Milan can deliver a punch on occasion, but they have not been at their best this season. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!
Watch out for an exciting game with Inter Milan to win at the odds of 1.70.
AC Milan vs Inter Milan Key Player:
Olivier Giroud – With Leao’s availability uncertain, Giroud, who has five Champions League goals this season, will almost certainly have to carry the scoring load on Wednesday.
The Nerazzurri’s 5-3 aggregate victory over the Eagles in the quarter-finals enabled Inzaghi to become the first Inter manager to reach the semi-finals since Jose Mourinho led them to the title in 2009/10.
Defensive solidity has been Inzaghi’s side’s trademark in the Champions League this season, with six shutouts in ten matches and the possibility of seven in a single campaign for the first time.
They will, however, have to overcome a significant psychological barrier to beat Milan in this tie, having lost all four previous European meetings against them (D2, L2).
An eye-catching run of five consecutive wins in all competitions by an aggregate score of 16-1 comes in handy, especially given that each victory in this run was by a large margin.