The UEFA Champions League semi-final return leg is back at San Siro with the host team Inter Milan aiming to finish the job against city rivals AC Milan when the teams reconvene on Tuesday night. Nerrazuri took a huge step into the European most elite club competition Final last week with that 2-0 win at the same venue. Inter Milan sits in third place in the Serie A table at the moment after a 4-2 win over Sassuolo over the weekend and will look to achieve a similar result in this fixture. AC Milan is a spot away from Champions League football next season following a shock 2-0 defeat at the hands of Spezia in their previous game leaving them in fifth place in the league standings and have a point to prove this week that have not been at their best in recent times. Team News Coach Simone Inzaghi will recall players including Lautaro Martinez, Denzel Dumfries, and Andre Onana against Milan. Only Milan Skriniar will miss out due to injury but Joaquin Correa is an injury doubt for the crucial tie after the Argentina star picked up a knock in a 4-2 big win on Saturday. Milan manager Poli dealing with a potentially lengthy absence list, as Junior Messias, Rade Krunic and Ismael Bennacer out of the clash. Rafael Leao’s availability in midweek, the Portugal international will be given every chance to recover; Alexis Saelemaekers is likely to deputise if he fails to pass a fitness test. Olivier Giroud returns in attack, meaning demotion to the bench for Divock Origi, Head-to-Head and Key Numbers Inter Milan have a good historical record in the Derby della Madonnina and have won 88 out of the 236 matches played between the two teams, as opposed to AC Milan’s 79 victories. The Blue and Black have defeated the city rival on three occasions in all competitions this season and last achieved four victories in a single campaign against the Rossoneri in 1973-74 Inter Milan are looking to reach a final of the UEFA Champions League for the sixth time in their history and for the first time since they achieved the feat under Jose Mourinho in 2010. AC Milan have lost their last three matches against Inter Milan in all competitions and have failed to score in these games despite attempting a total of 31 shots. Stefano Pioli’s men have won only one of their last 16 matches as the away side in knock-out matches in the UEFA Champions League. Recent Form Inter are actually the form team in Italy right now, winning their last five Serie A games, while a Coppa Italia victory over Juventus and last week’s first-leg win against Milan mean they are on a seven-game win streak in all competitions. Milan, on the other hand, are floundering and looking in serious danger of not even qualifying for next season’s Champions League. Since their 1-0 win over Napoli in the first leg of their quarter-final, Pioli’s side have won just two of their last eight games in all competitions. Inter Milan possible starting lineup: Onana; Darmian, Acerbi, Bastoni; Dumfries, Barella, Calhanoglu, Mkhitaryan, Dimarco; Martinez, Dzeko AC Milan possible starting lineup: Maignan; Calabria, Tomori, Kjaer, Hernandez; Tonali, Pobega; Diaz, Krunic, Saelemaekers; Giroud Prediction: Inter Milan 2-1 AC Milan (Inter win 4-1 on aggregate)


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