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I think that we can expect a high scoring game, potentially as many as five or more goals.
My reasoning would point to two defences that really aren't any good—no matter what Milan's did against Barcelona on Wednesday.
Firstly, Inter are a real mess at the back without Walter Samuel, lacking that leader and organiser and still waiting for those intangibles to break out from Andrea Ranocchia.
Inter have great faith in Ranocchia and, frankly, a lack of alternatives to take him out of the firing line right now, no matter the persistent errors that he continues to make.
Juan Jesus is raw and inexperienced, but at least he possesses great athletic qualities, while Matias Silvestre is not trusted whatsoever.
Esteban Cambiasso is an option, but without a great deal of mobility at the back, Stramaccioni would rather maintain the Brazilian next to Ranocchia.
Milan might have kept a clean sheet against a Barcelona that averages almost three goals per game, but when you break down their defence, it's not overly impressive.
Besides, the bulk of that defensive solidarity came from fine midfield performances from Massimo Ambrosini and Sulley Muntari. Although it is possible that they can replicate this game plan against Inter, I believe this is unlikely when you consider Milan will aim to be more expansive against a far weaker opponent.
When breaking down the Rossoneri defence, the most impressive quality that is common throughout the back four is pace and mobility. Kevin Constant, Ignazio Abate and Cristian Zapata are all quick off the mark and can cover their mistakes at times.
But that's where my admiration ends, Philippe Mexes is still not full fit, although he has lost some weight over the past couple of months. The chemistry with Zapata is not natural though and neither seem that assured on the ball.
The Colombian was clumsy on the ball and almost let Lionel Messi in when he controlled a simple pass from Riccardo Montolivo.
Mexes is always treading a fine line too, having been booked for a clumsy challenge on Messi, which should have sent a message for the Frenchman to tread carefully from then on.
The former Roma star charged into several more tackles though, leaving hearts in the mouths of the home crowd.
With Allegri able to field a fine attacking trident, as well as calling upon Kevin-Prince Boateng as a midfielder capable of being a threat in the opposition's penalty area.
Inter, despite Diego Milito being out for the season, have plenty of attacking options and are still trying to implement a forward-thinking style of football, especially with Mateo Kovacic's creativity at the base of the midfield.
A high-scoring game surely awaits them, which might alter the opinions of some who continue to lament Italian football for being too dull.