Stefano Pioli’s AC Milan (MIL) will lock horns with local rivals Inter Milan (INT) in the first leg of the Copa Italia 2021-22 at San Siro in the early hours of Wednesday, March 2. The match will kick off at 1:30 AM IST.

MIL vs INT Dream11 prediction

Both Milan and Inter have endured a difficult run of late. After enjoying a strong start to the season, the two Milan-based teams have struggled for results of late.

MIL haven’t endured defeat in their last five outings, but they have been involved in three draws. Judging by the current run of form, it is safe to say that this game has all the ingredients to end in another draw as neither side will want to give the other any upper hand ahead of the second leg.

MIL vs INT Dream11 team tips for Copa Italia 2021-22 semi-final

Top tip: Best forward

Olivier Giroud, often known as the ‘King of Cups’, is a must-have player for this encounter. The former Chelsea man has played two games in Copa Italia this season, returning with three goals and a tally of 162 points; the most by any forward involved in this game.

Top tip: Best midfielder

Milan’s contract rebel Franck Kessie has been brilliant this season, scoring five goals in 20 Serie A appearances. On top of that, he has also netted once in the only Copa Italia match he has featured in; a 4-0 win over Lazio. Despite his contract situation, the 25-year-old Ivory Coast international remains a threat to Inter’s leaky defence that has shipped five goals in their last four outings.

Top tip: Best defender and goalkeeper

As far as picking a defender is concerned, MIL’s Theo Hernandez remains the outright choice. The French left-back has tallied 144 fantasy points in the two games he has featured in the Italian Cup and made it to the Dream Team on both occasions.

Lastly, for a goalkeeper, INT captain Samir Handanovic would be our pick over MIL’s Mike Maignan. The veteran keeper has only featured once in Copa Italia so far and managed to accrue 43 fantasy points. He is likely to keep a clean sheet and make more saves than his opponent, meaning that a few bonus points are in the offering.

MIL vs INT probable playing XI

MIL playing XI (probable): Mike Maignan (goalkeeper); Davide Calabria, Fikayo Tomori, Alessio Romagnoli (captain), Theo Hernandez; Ismael Bennacer, Franck Kessie; Junior Messias, Rade Krunic, Rafael Leao; Giroud

INT playing XI (probable): Samir Handanovic (goalkeeper and captain); Milan Skriniar, De Vrij, Bastoni; Dumfries, Nicola Barella, Marcelo Brozovic, Hakan Calhanoglu, Ivan Perisic; Lautaro Martinez, Edin Dzeko

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