While the eyes of many will be fixed on Champions League action this Wednesday, there’s a Milan Derby (kick-off 12:30 p.m. ET) to act as a mouth-watering undercard before the quarterfinals commence.
Rescheduled due to the tragic and untimely passing of Davide Astori last month, these two heavyweights of Italian soccer are bidding to return to their former glories, and there certainly isn’t much to separate the two in their current states, particularly in the outright odds.
Following the weekend results, however, Inter (+170) are eight points clear of fierce rivals AC Milan (+175) and as such, the latter are in desperate need of all three points in midweek.
After all, before AC Milan’s defeat to Juventus on Saturday, Gennaro Gattuso had worked wonders with the Rossoneri to inspire renewed hope of a top-four finish. It’s Inter that they need to catch in that position, so anything short of a victory would put an end to any faint hopes of a Champions League return this season.
With that in mind, despite the fact that Inter sit just one point above Lazio in fifth, a draw would probably suit Luciano Spalletti in the away dugout at San Siro tomorrow, and his side have been hard to break down all season. The win over Verona at the weekend saw Inter keep a fourth consecutive clean sheet in Serie A, and the likes of Joao Cancelo and Rafinha are beginning to look at home in the famous blue and black stripes as the manager has a fully fit squad to choose from.