Week 22 Preview: The Milan Derby

Milan Inter

The second Milan derby of the 2015-2016 season sees two teams in indifferent form meeting. Inter have won only one of last five games and Milan have been inconsistent at best. This game is being played near the end of a disappointing and even disturbing winter transfer window for Milan where the only addition has been that of Kevin Prince Boateng. It has not been so much that the winter transfer window should or could have been a very busy one but that the signals coming from Galliani are that not much can be done and that ‘Milan are competitive’. Add to that Barbara Berlusconi’s statement that Milan are aiming to qualify for the Europa League spots and this season can officially be called a mediocre one.

On the injury front Milan are a healthier team and Menez is back in the squad after a long absence. Balotelli has returned as well of course but will not start, in fact he may not start in a Serie A game at all unless there are injury problems. So up front remains a Bacca and Niang partnership. The defense and goalie positions are set for the time being with Donnarumma in goal and Abate, Alex, Romagnoli and Antonelli set to keep their jobs. The midfield is always more fluid and the indications are that Kucka will get a start and Bertolacci will be benched.

Inter replaced the departing Fredy Guarin with Eder from Sampdoria this week and he is likely to grab a forward spot straight away and play alongside another ex-Sampdoria player Mauro Icardi.

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