Following the confident, albeit narrow, win against Parma, AC Milan are gearing up to take on Bologna away from home on Sunday evening. For the Rossoneri, three points is more or less a must, considering where they currently sit in the league standings.
Stefano Pioli’s men did very well last time out, dominating the game from start to finish. However, they lacked composure in the final third and as a result of this, they won by just 1-0. Hopefully, they have practised their shooting, heading into the 15th round of Serie A action.
Don’t fix what isn’t broken. This seems to be the thought in Pioli’s head, as he won’t make any changes to the starting eleven, at least according to the latest reports. Given how well they performed against Parma, you can certainly understand the manager, as consistency also is important for the players.
Milan conceded an impressive zero shots on target against the Gialloblu, which the defence deserves praise for. Hopefully, they can build on the strong display, preventing the opponents from finding the back of the net once again. Theo Hernandez will start on the left, of course, having scored the winner last time out.
Despite rumours of Rade Krunic replacing Franck Kessie in the midfield, the latter will keep his spot in the starting eleven. After a slow start with the red and black shirt, Bennacer has certainly picked himself out, cementing his spot in the holding midfield role. Italian veteran Bonaventura will complete the trio.
In attack, Kris Piatek will get yet another chance to break his goal drought. Of course, this decision hasn’t been received too well among the Rossoneri faithful, who would like to see Rafael Leao instead. However, Pioli defended the Polish international during today’s press conference, which indicates that he will start.
Likely Milan XI (4-3-3): Donnarumma; Conti, Musacchio, Romagnoli, Theo Hernandez; Kessie, Bennacer, Bonaventura; Suso, Piatek, Calhanoglu.
As you would expect, Milan are the favourites in this fixture. In fact, the Rossoneri have been very successful against the Renato Dall’Ara side in recent history. Take a look at the top five facts and stats down below.
- AC Milan have only lost one of their last 19 Serie A meetings against Bologna (W13 D5), a 0-1 defeat in January 2016 under Sinisa Mihajlovic (with Roberto Donadoni in charge of the Rossoblu).
- Bologna’s last Serie A victory against AC Milan was back in March 2002; since then, nine wins for the Rossoneri and four draws.
- AC Milan, who won their last league game against Parma, are looking to win back-to-back Serie A games for only the second time this season (between August and September against Brescia and Verona)
- AC Milan have gained just 17 points this term, no side has ended the season in the top-4 of the table with 17 points or less at this stage of the Italian top-flight (three points for a win era).
- Bologna have lost the highest points from leading situations in Serie A this season (10) – indeed, they only lost 13 such points through the whole of the 2018/19 campaign.
Milan seem to be on the up. In recent weeks, they have performed well, showing all the right signs. Against Parma, they finally got paid for all of their hard work. Therefore, their confidence will be pretty good ahead of this game, which should be relatively easy for Pioli’s men. Even if it turns out to be very tough, they should manage to grab the three points.
Bologna 0-2 AC Milan