Inter vs. AC Milan: Coppa Italia quarter-final – Team news, stats and prediction

After the heavy defeat against Atalanta at the weekend, Milan need to bounce back as soon as possible and they have a perfect opportunity on Tuesday evening. Inter are the designated home side in the Coppa Italia quarter-final clash and while a win would be a great boost, it could also be another rough set-back. 

The Rossoneri failed to live up to their usual standard against Atalanta and were beaten fair and square by three goals to nil. With both Ismael Bennacer and Hakan Calhanoglu out, they just couldn’t get their play going and didn’t really have many chances to grab at least one goal.  Continue reading

AC Milan 0-3 Atalanta: Rossoneri register second loss of season after lackluster performance

Milan aimed to grab another three points this evening after the comfortable 2-0 win against Cagliari on Monday evening. However, it wasn’t a good night for the Rossoneri as Atalanta put three past Gigio Donnarumma. And therefore, they failed to extend their lead at the top of the standings. 

As a result of Milan’s loss, Inter had the chance to overtake them on goal difference (until the reverse fixture, at least) but Antonio Conte’s men failed to score against Udinese this evening. Stefano Pioli and his players are still in the lead, therefore, but their margin has shrunk to two points.  Continue reading

Cagliari 0-2 AC Milan: Three things we learned as Ibrahimovic brace seals important win

Milan restored their three-point margin at the top of the Serie A standings this evening, beating Cagliari by two goals to nil away from home. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the big hero with a brace and despite a red card in the second half, the Rossoneri managed to hold on and secure another clean sheet. 

It didn’t take long for Ibrahimovic to get back on the scoresheet, winning a penalty after just six minutes. Although Franck Kessie is the penalty taker, the Swede felt confident and decided to take it himself. A good decision, as he sent the goalkeeper the wrong way and easily slotted in the first goal.  Continue reading

Cagliari vs. AC Milan: Serie A Round 18 – Team news, stats and prediction

After what has been a very impressive first half of the season, Milan will take on Cagliari away from home in the penultimate game of the winter Scudetto race. Currently three points ahead of city rivals Inter, with head-to-head in their favour, a win would be enough to secure that title. 

Of course, being crowned winter champions matters very little in terms of the actual Scudetto. Having said that, in 88 editions, only one team has failed to finish in the top three when leading the league at the half-way mark. This gives the Rossoneri a 98.6% of qualifying for the Champions League, for which they only need top four.  Continue reading

AC Milan 2-0 Torino: Rossoneri respond to rare loss with dominating performance

Milan managed to bounce back in the best possible way this evening, beating Torino by two goals to nil after the 3-1 loss against Juventus mid-week. A strong message by Stefano Pioli’s men, who certainly have shown that they are stronger than whatever difficulties they may face. 

As a result of the win, the Rossoneri will remain top of the standings for at least one more matchday. Claiming 40 points after 17 games is indeed special and certainly nothing that Milan fans would have imagined at the start of the season. Yet again, the Scudetto dreams don’t seem too far away.  Continue reading

AC Milan vs. Torino: Serie A Round 17 – Team news, stats and prediction

After their 27-game unbeaten run came to end last time out, Milan will be looking to bounce back with a win against Torino on Saturday evening. It’s the first of two back-to-back encounters between the sides, as they will take on each other in the Coppa Italia Round of 16 next week. 

After 304 days, Stefano Pioli’s men lost a game in Serie A, beaten by Juventus with a final scoreline of 1-3. Taking all the absences into consideration – involving six potential starters – many expected the Rossoneri’s incredible run to end and it did. However, Milan were far from outplayed and fought hard until the end.  Continue reading

AC Milan vs. Juventus: Serie A Round 16 – Team news, stats and prediction

Milan started the year in the best way possible with a 2-0 win away at Benevento, despite playing with just ten men for a majority of the game. The unbeaten run is still intact, in other words, but the Rossoneri will face a very big test tomorrow as Juventus will travel to San Siro. 

The Bianconeri haven’t had the best of starts to their season under new manager Andrea Pirlo, but they certainly can’t be ruled out just based on that. Milan are struggling with several key injuries and the pressure will be on them, with Inter just one point behind in the league standings.  Continue reading

Benevento 0-2 AC Milan: Three things we learned as ten-man Rossoneri claim important win

Milan started the new year in the best way possible, beating Benevento by two goals to nil away from home. However, it was far from easy for Stefano Pioli’s side as they were down to ten men after just 35 minutes of play. Fortunately, they were able to claim the three points and regain first place in the standings. 

As if it wasn’t enough that Inter managed to beat Crotone earlier today, Sandro Tonali got sent off for Milan after a very silly and dangerous foul early on. In other words, the pressure was on the Rossoneri to continue their good run of form and remarkably, they got through the whole game without even conceding.  Continue reading

Benevento vs. AC Milan: Serie A Round 15 – Team news, stats and prediction

The Christmas break is coming towards an end and Milan are ready to continue what has been a fantastic season thus far. On Sunday evening, they will take on Benevento away from home and the goal is very clear: to preserve their lead at the top of the league standings for at least one more week. 

After two consecutive 2-2 draws, against Parma and Genoa, Stefano Pioli’s men managed to pick themselves up with two strong wins since. Most recently, of course, the dramatic clash against Lazio which was settled in stoppage time as Theo Hernandez scored the winner with his head.  Continue reading

Three positions Milan could reinforce during the transfer window – the potential targets

After what has been a stellar year for Milan, they will be looking to build on their incredible run in 2021. Just about managing to get through amid all the injuries, the Rossoneri will surely turn to the transfer market next month, adding a few more players to Stefano Pioli’s squad. 

As has been mentioned in Italian media, there are three positions that Milan could reinforce in January, although the priorities between them are clear. Paolo Maldini has revealed that they didn’t spend their entire budget in the summer and thus will have a bit more for this mercato, which certainly is positive.  Continue reading