AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli is expected to make several changes to the starting XI for the game against Inter compared to the team that drew with Sassuolo in midweek.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Pioli will revert to his ‘first choice’ defence of Davide Calabria, Pierre Kalulu, Fikayo Tomori and Theo Hernandez in front of goalkeeper Mike Maignan, fresh from his penalty heroics against Sassuolo.
Sandro Tonali and Ismael Bennacer should be reunited as the double pivot with Tommaso Pobega dropping to the bench, and Charles De Ketelaere tipped to regain his starting spot from Brahim Diaz as the playmaker.
Junior Messias has a 55% chance of starting on the right wing (Saelemaekers 45%), with Rafael Leao on the left flank and Olivier Giroud up front, with the Frenchman of course having scored a match-winning brace in the last league derby.
Probable Milan XI (4-2-3-1): Maignan; Calabria, Kalulu, Tomori, Theo; Tonali, Bennacer; Messias, De Ketelaere, Leao; Giroud.
Probable Inter XI (3-5-2): Handanovic; Skriniar, De Vrij, Dimarco; Dumfries, Barella, Brozovic, Calhanoglu, Darmian; Martinez, Dzeko.