A match that outshines the rest: the 7th round of Serie A will be completely dominated by tomorrow's clash between Inter Milan (1st) and Juventus (2nd), the top two in the standings and the two great favorites for the title .
With six victories in six other games for Inter and five wins and one draw for Juve, the two teams have not waited for this Italian derby to press the accelerator in search of the championship. The rest of the teams have understood the message and are already far away, with the exception of Atalanta (3rd).
In recent seasons, Juventus have not encountered a rival as solid as Inter rebuilt by Antonio Conte, despite Maurizio Sarri's Napoli being formidable in the 2017-18 campaign.
Back in Italy after two campaigns at Chelsea and a sabbatical, Conte won the first three 'scudettos' of the eight in a row that the 'Vecchia Signora' has chained.
At Inter he has managed to print his brand in no time, even more visible on Wednesday in the Champions League when his team dominated Barcelona for an hour before giving up.
Supported by the defensive strength provided by the trio Diego Godín-Stefan de Vrij-Milan Skriniar and their goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, the 'Nerazzurri' have only conceded two goals since the start of the season. And on Sunday Conte hopes to recover Belgian Romelu Lukaku, who was absent at the Camp Nou, up front.
Up front, Juventus are off to a more hesitant start to the game, but their neat win on Tuesday against Bayer Leverkusen (3-0) confirmed evidence of growth from Sarri's men.
Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuaín is in top form and although he is not at his best, Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo already has four goals and one assist, including Serie A and the 'Champions'.
Traditionally the most anticipated match of the year, the Italian derby reaches a new dimension this year for all that is at stake and for the level of casting that will be in action. AFP