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Inter too strong for their city rivals; SERIE A ESPN, 7pm (free to view).

WHEN is home advantage not considered home advantage? writes Mark Langdon.

Well, according to the bookmakers at least, when both teams share the same stadium like tonight's match between the two Milan giants at the San Siro.

However, the layers may be wrong to assume that home advantage does not count for much - just look at the recent results and judge for yourself.

Seven of the last nine Milan derbies have been won by the designated home team and it could be that Inter are the wager at Paddy Power's generous 4-5 on the draw-no-bet coupon.

Inter do have problems, with Cristian Chivu, Dejan Stankovic and Samuel Eto'o all missing, but they are clearly the best team in Italy and the table-toppers can confirm their superiority over their second-placed city rivals.

Jose Mourinho has not lost a home league match in 127 games and they have the squad depth to cope with the absentees. Wesley Sneijder is a quality playmaker and there are plenty of goals in a forward line of Mario Balotelli, Diego Milito and Goran Pandev.

You have to respect Milan given they have won their last three Serie A matches, scoring 12 goals in the process. That run includes a 3-0 success at Juventus with Ronaldinho the star of the show.

Reading the British press you would have thought that David Beckham was the key man for Milan, but it is clearly the bucktoothed Brazilian who is rolling back the years.

Ronaldinho has scored nine goals in 18 Serie A matches this term, but just as impressive is the fact he has created eight goals for Rossoneri team-mates.

However, Milan cannot yet be considered as being near the same level as Inter. It was only last month that Palermo took all three points off Milan and Inter are by far the most consistent team in Italy.

Inter have not lost a home league game since March 2008 and that run can be extended tonight. Blue Square - what will D Beckham do first? 5-2 receive a card, be substituted, 13-2 assist goal, 9 score, 7-4 none of the above.

Recommendation Inter draw no bet 1pt 4-5 Paddy Power
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jan 24, 2010
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