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AC Milan predicted lineup vs Inter: Serie A - Derby della Madonnina

Jack Gallagher
Image by Matthew Burt
Image by Matthew Burt /

AC Milan face the biggest test of their season so far this weekend.

That test is playing Inter, their biggest rivals and current league leaders, without both of their first-choice centre-backs.


So how will Stefano Pioli line up his side to pass said test?

Glad you asked. Here's how:

1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Maignan has been brilliant
Maignan has been brilliant /

Mike Maignan (GK) - It was always going to take a special goalkeeper to replace Gianluigi Donnarumma and, luckily for Milan, Maignan is exactly that.

Davide Calabria (RB) - Arguably having his best season to date in a Milan shirt.

Pierre Kalulu (CB) - The French defender has the unenviable task of replacing Fikayo Tomori. Big ask for a guy who has never really showed himself to be very good.

Alessio Romagnoli (CB) - Like Kalulu, Romagnoli has the unenviable task of replacing one of Milan's injured CBs. The one Romagnoli is replacing is Simon Kjaer, who is out for the season with an ACL injury.

Theo Hernandez (LB) - Might just be the best attacking full-back in Italy, but needs to put in a shift defensively to stop Denzel Dumfries on Saturday.

2. Midfielders

Tonali has kicked on this season
Tonali has kicked on this season /

Ismael Bennacer (CM) - One of Milan's best players last season, but has been in and out of the side during the 2021/22 campaign. Needs a big performance to make this position his own.

Sandro Tonali (CM) - This reason why Bennacer hasn't really been first choice this season. Tonali has been a revelation, adding some offensive prowess to his game for the first time.

Franck Kessie (CM) - Still hasn't signed a new contract at San Siro, and honestly he probably won't. However, while he is at Milan, Pioli will play him because he's a very, very good footballer.

3. Forwards

Leao will be key for Milan
Leao will be key for Milan /

Alexis Saelemaekers (RW) - FM legend and pretty good footballer in real life too. Saelemaekers is a grafter out the right.

Olivier Giroud (ST) - Amazingly Giroud is still going strong, bagging six goals in all competitions for Milan this season. Will be key to bringing others in to play this weekend.

Rafael Leao (LW) - The undoubted star of the this attack. Leao has cemented himself as one of the most exciting forwards in Serie A over the last two years.

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You can read 90min's preview of Inter vs AC Milan here.

You can read Inter's predicted lineup here.