The city of Milan will literarily be on standstill as leaders, Inter Milan come at loggerhead with Juventus in Sunday’s Serie A top of the table clash.
Former Juve captain and boss Antonio Conte has won all six of his league games in charge of Inter Milan so far, storming to the top of the table, but Juventus are only two points behind ahead of this crunch match between the top two.
One of the most intriguing sub-plots in this Serie A season is shaping up to be which former Chelsea boss fares the best in their new role – Conte or Maurizio Sarri.
Both have impressed so far, but the praise which has been given to Conte from within the Inter dressing room speaks volumes ahead of this meeting with his Stamford Bridge successor.
It is easy to see why Conte is so highly regarded right now too; Inter still boast a 100% record in the league this season, conceding just twice in their six matches to set the early Serie A pace.
While Inter’s surge to the top of the table has drawn the level of interest you might expect from a fallen giant hinting at a return to their former glories, Juve’s success is predictable enough to barely make the headlines anymore.
Sarri’s side have dropped points this season in a goalless draw at Fiorentina, but they have won all of their other league games and know that a fifth successive win across all competitions would be enough to resume their usual spot at the summit.
Head To Head
The last time Inter beat Juventus in the Serie A, it was September 2016. Ever since, they have played twelve games, with Inter losing seven times, and drawing five.
1966 was the last time Inter managed to win their first seven games. 53 years after, the Nerazzurri have a chance of achieving that feat again. They have won six so far, but the Old Lady stands in their way.
In their last six games going head-to-head, only one match has seen Juventus and Internazionale score more than two goals each. The other matches have had a maximum of one goal for either side.
Possible Line Ups
Inter Milan: Handanovic; Godin, De Vrij, Skriniar; Brozovic; Candreva, Barella, Sensi, Asamoah; Martinez, Lukaku
Juventus: Szczesny; Cuadrado, Bonucci, De Ligt, Sandro; Khedira, Pjanic, Matuidi; Bernardeschi; Higuain, Ronaldo
This is a mouth-watering contest between two sides in fine form and full of confidence. In a game likely to be decided by fine margins the fitness of Lukaku could be key for Inter and, should the Belgian recover in time, then we can see the two teams cancelling each other out.