AC Milan are faced with a big test this evening, taking on Lazio who are right behind them in the race for a Champions League spot, with one game in hand to add some extra pressure on Gattuso’s men.
Therefore, tonight’s clash between the two will be very decisive in many ways. It’s safe to say that the winner will hold an advantage for the remainder of the season when it comes to finishing top four. Not only because of the points at stake, but also because of the confidence boost that one of the sides will get in case of a win.
The Rossoneri, who performed really well against Juventus despite losing 2-1, will be looking to replicate the performance last time out in order to properly challenge and in-form Lazio, even though the latter drew their last game (2-2 against Sassuolo at home). In these games, however, the previous form never seems to matter.
Historically, Milan hold an advantage against Lazio, especially when it comes to playing at the San Siro. In fact, the Rossoneri are unbeaten since 1989 against Lazio at home in Serie A (P28 W17 D11), while they have never previously had an unbeaten home streak of 29 games against a single opponent in the competition.
As previously mentioned, Gattuso’s men performed really well against Juventus, and really deserved to get away with at least a draw. Therefore, the manager is expected to continue with the same starting eleven.
Donnarumma and Paqueta will miss out on the game due to injury, but are expected the return very soon. In fact, the goalkeeper could reportedly be ready for the Parma game next week, while the Brazilian might need a little more time still.
There had also been talks of Zapata possibly replace Musacchio in the line-up, as the latter hasn’t exactly impressed in the last few weeks. Against Juventus, he was responsible for a very clumsy challenge on Dybala, which allowed the Bianconeri to level the scores. However, the latest reports all suggest that he will get a new chance.
Borini will play from start once again up front, evidently impressing the manager during the Juventus game. This will allow Calhanoglu to stay in the midfield, now that Paqueta is injured. Despite him not being a fan favourite, many would agree that Borini puts in the effort required, although some would like to see Castillejo in his place.
Likely AC Milan XI (4-3-3): Donnarumma; Calabria, Musacchio, Romagnoli, Rodriguez; Kessie, Bakayoko, Calhanoglu; Suso, Piatek, Borini.
Just like any Milan game nowadays, it’s hard to call. It all comes down to consistency, which the Rossoneri haven’t exactly displayed as of late. Should they replicate the performance they had against Juventus, then they should get all three points this evening. However, they might as well fall back into their slump again, and then it will be very difficult against a persistent Lazio side.
AC Milan 2-1 Lazio
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