Serie A Week 23: Preview AC Milan vs Inter, Sunday 21 February 2021 Anna Italia
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AC Milan – Inter


Serie A Standing BEFORE the game:
AC Milan, 2nd position with 49 points and a positive goal difference of +20
Inter, 1st position with 50 points and a positive goal difference of +30

Here is the preview for the 174th Milan Derby in Serie A.  AC Milan and Inter dueling to win the Serie A Week 23 game on Sunday 21 February 2021 at the San Siro Stadium in Milan, Italy at 15:00.

Surely, it will be a thriller round because not only the bragging rights to rule in Milan is the motivation, but also because the victory will be for the first position in the Serie A.   Inter having 50 points and AC Milan 49 points.   AC Milan lost the leadership last week after losing the game against Spezia.  Inter took the leadership after defeating Lazio.   Stats showing Inter with 66 wins (including four in the last five matches), AC Milan with 52 wins, and 55 draws.

Milan can win both games in a single Serie A season against Inter for the second time in the last 15 years: previously they succeeded in 2010/11, 1-0 in the first leg and 3-0 in the return.
The previous occasion in which Milan and Inter met in Serie A and found themselves in the first two places in the standings was on 2 April 2011 (3-0 win for AC Milan season in which they won their last Scudetto).

Inter and AC Milan have collected a total of 99 points together in this league, 16 more than last season after 22 matches – at the same point in the tournament, the two teams only did better in 1950/51 (102 , considering three points per win from all time).
Milan have lost more Serie A matches in 2021 (three), compared to all of 2020 (two): the Rossoneri have recorded three knockouts in their last seven league games, as many as in the previous 41.

Inter have kept a clean sheet in their last two league away games: the last time they have not conceded a goal for three consecutive away games in a single Serie A season was in October 2012 (four in that case).

Inter are the fourth team in the last 60 seasons capable of scoring at least 54 goals after 22 Serie A matches this season, after Juventus 2013/14 (54), Lazio 2017/18 (57) and Atalanta 2019/20 (59).

AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma can become the youngest player to cross the finish line of 200 Serie A appearances in the era of three points to win: with 21 years and 361 days he would shatter the previous record set by Gianluigi Buffon (24 years, 83 days).

The big ex is forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic playing for Inter and Milan.  Ibrahimovic has scored 10 goals in the Milan Derby in all competitions – 8 of these have come with AC Milan: since his debut with this shirt in 2010/11 it is the Rossoneri who have scored the most goals against a single opponent.

Inter striker Romelu Lukaku may become the first player in the era of three points to win to score in four Milan derbies in a row in Serie A; in general, the last one to succeed was Romeo Benetti, between 1972 and 1973.

Inter forward Lautaro Martínez has scored 11 goals in Serie A this season, at least two more than any other second-highest scorer per team in the current tournament.

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Here are AC MILAN called up players by Coach Stefano Pioli for the game against Inter:

Goalkeepers:  A. Donnarumma, G. Donnarumma, Tătărușanu.

Defenders:  Calabria, Dalot, Gabbia, Hernández, Kalulu, Kjær, Romagnoli, Tomori.

Midfielders:  Çalhanoğlu, Castillejo, Díaz, Hauge, Kessie, Krunić, Meïte, Saelemaekers, Tonali.

Forwards:  Zlatan Ibrahimović, Leão, Rebić.

2020 – 2021 Italian Serie A Week 23

AC Milan – Inter
Sunday 21 February 2021
San Siro Stadium
Milan, Italy


Referee: DOVERI
Fourth Official: GUIDA