Inter Milan vs. Juventus, preview: It's Derby d'Italia time

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

One of the biggest derbies in Serie A takes place at the San Siro this weekend, as Inter Milan host Juventus.

Inter Milan haven't beaten Juventus at the San Siro since they last lifted the Serie A title in 2010, though will look to change that in the latest edition of the Derby d'Italia on Saturday. In one of the greatest rivalries in Italian football -- spanning the northern regions of Lombardy and Piedmont -- Inter will be hoping to upset the odds and record victory over the Scudetto holders.

Both of these sides have won their opening league games, with Walter Mazzarri getting off to a successful start as nerazzurri coach. Inter are yet to concede a goal this season, with the former Napoli boss successfully setting about patching up the dodgy back line which conceded the second-most goals in Serie A last season. Though they aren't expected to be challenging for the title, qualifying for Europe might not be too much of an ask.

Meanwhile, Juve are expected to cruise to the title once again. Having strengthened what was already the best squad in Serie A in the summer, it's difficult to see anyone knocking Antonio Conte's side off their perch this season. Their 4-1 win over Lazio in the last round shows they're already looking sharp, with summer signing Carlos Tévez off the mark in bianconeri. Fernando Llorente could get his first start alongside the Argentine in this game.

Inter have a couple of injury absentees, with Cristian Chivu and Javier Zanetti both out. For Juventus, Claudio Marchisio and Martín Cáceres are unavailable, with Simone Pepe in doubt.

Inter Milan injuries and suspensions

Out: Cristian Chivu, Javier Zanetti (injured). In doubt: None.

Juventus injuries and suspensions

Out: Claudio Marchisio, Martín Cáceres (injured). In doubt: Simone Pepe.

Projected lineups

Inter Milan: Samir Handanovič; Juan Jesus, Andrea Ranocchia, Hugo Campagnaro; Yuto Nagatomo, Mateo Kovačić, Esteban Cambiasso, Fredy Guarín, Jonathan; Ricky Álvarez; Rodrigo Palacio

Juventus: Gianluigi Buffon; Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli; Kwadwo Asamoah, Paul Pogba, Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal, Stephan Lichtsteiner; Fernando Llorente, Carlos Tévez

Match Date/Time: Saturday, 6 p.m. local, 12 p.m. ET

Venue: San Siro, Milan, Italy

TV: beIN Sport USA (U.S.), RAI Internazionale (U.S. and Canada - Italian), BT Sport 2 (U.K.), Sky Calcio 1 (Italy)

Online: beIN Sport Play (U.S.), BT Sport 2 (U.K.)

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