Juventus 1-0 AC Milan: Tops and flops for the Rossoneri

Despite a very positive performance, after a period of disappointment, AC Milan failed to keep a clean sheet away at Juventus on Sunday evening. The Bianconeri managed to clinch all three points in the end, as Dybala came to their rescue.

Pioli’s men put up a good fight despite their recent struggles, which perhaps caught the home side by surprise, who were predicted to win the game with ease. However, after just ten minutes, it was clear that this wasn’t going to be the case. Then again, Juve snatched all points, which is what matters. Continue reading

Juventus 1-0 AC Milan: Positive display results in disappointing loss for the Rossoneri

As anticipated, Juventus grabbed all three points against AC Milan at the Allianz Stadium this evening. However, they had to work a lot harder than perhaps expected, as the Rossoneri were on par with the home side for a majority of the game. 

Many expected the Bianconeri to instantly take control of the game. However, after just ten minutes of play, it was clear that it wasn’t going to be a walk in the park for Sarri’s men. Both sides misplaced many passes, which resulted in sloppy end-to-end play at the beginning.  Continue reading

AC Milan 1-2 Lazio: Piatek goal not enough for the Rossoneri in close tie

After the important win against SPAL, Pioli was hoping to add another three points to his tally this evening. However, after a very close tie, Lazio snatched the win in the final stages of the game. 

Milan started the clash quite well, looking much better compared to the clash against SPAL on Thursday evening. Even though there were some misplaced passes, the Rossoneri players committed far less individual errors, which resulted in a better flow to their play. Continue reading

AC Milan vs. Lazio: Team news, stats and prediction

AC Milan finally managed to get their first win under Stefano Pioli, beating SPAL by the odd goal at San Siro. However, the performance was far from convincing and the manager still has a lot to work on, though there is little time to do so as the Rossoneri will face Lazio on Sunday evening. 

After starting on the bench, Suso came to the rescue last time out as he replaced Castillejo in the second half. The Spaniard made the most of a free-kick as he struck it beautifully, putting his side in front. Luckily for Pioli, it was enough to secure his first win in charge of the San Siro side.  Continue reading

AC Milan 1-0 SPAL: Suso saves lacklustre Rossoneri with lovely free-kick

AC Milan just about managed to grab their first three points in almost a month, thanks to a wonderful free-kick by Suso. However, Pioli’s side looked far from convincing and there is still a lot that needs to be worked on. 

In the early stages of the game, Milan looked just as lost as they did against Roma, misplacing several passes and failing to keep hold of the ball. Furthermore, SPAL managed to put their opponents under pressure with ease, just by holding up their positions. Continue reading

AC Milan vs. SPAL: Team news, stats and prediction

Third time’s the charm, right? This evening, Stefano Pioli will look to grab his first win with the Rossoneri, having collected just one point from his first two games in charge. However, given how poor the team has performed as of late, it certainly won’t be an easy task. 

The defeat against Roma last weekend highlighted Milan’s main issue: individual mistakes. Both of the Giallorossi’s goals were created by Pioli’s men, who could have conceded more if the home side had been a bit more composed. For the Rossoneri faithful, it was painful to watch, as the players threw away the game.

TEAM NEWS

As a result of the most recent outing, Pioli is expected to make four significant changes to the line-up, hoping to get a reaction from his squad this evening. In defence, he will experiment with a new solution, putting Duarte at the right-back position. Most likely, this means that they will play with a back-three when in possession.

Calabria and Conti have failed to impress on the right flank and you can understand Pioli’s decision. However, it remains to be seen if it will be an improvement, although it’s certain that Hernandez will get even more freedom to move forward down the left-hand side.

Further up the pitch, Bennacer will finally get the nod ahead of Biglia. The latter has been the preferred starter under both Giampaolo and Pioli. Therefore, it will be an important opportunity for the young Algerian to prove his worth this evening, expected to add a more dynamic touch to the midfield.

Just like the initial report suggested this week, Suso will be on the bench for the first time this season. The Spaniard hasn’t been able to replicate his performances from last season, failing to find the back of the net in the first nine games. Instead, Pioli will opt for Castillejo, who isn’t exactly a fan favourite either. However, it might be enough to motivate Suso to try harder.

In addition to the former Liverpool man, Leao will also start tonight’s clash on the bench. The Portuguese striker has been one of the few highlights for Milan thus far. However, since being moved to the centre-forward role, he has struggled to get his finishing right. Therefore, Piatek will play from the first minute this evening, ready to build on his goal against Lecce.

Likely AC Milan XI (4-3-3): Donnarumma; Duarte, Musacchio, Romagnoli, Hernandez; Paqueta, Bennacer, Kessie; Castillejo, Piatek, Calhanoglu.

STATS

At this point, we can’t rely too much on stats. The Rossoneri have been consistently poor at the start of the season and of course, this matters a lot more than what happened last campaign, when they were actually quite good. Down below is a list of the top five facts and stats about the fixture, so make what you will from it.

  • SPAL have won only one of their 36 Serie A encounters against AC Milan (2.8%): their lowest win percentage against a single opponent in the competition (min. 6 games played).
  • AC Milan have lost only one of their last five Serie A games played on a Thursday (W2 D2), whilst they have been managed by five different managers in this run.
  • AC Milan have lost five games in Serie A this season (W3, D1), only twice in their history have they lost six of their opening 10 league games of a season: in 1938/39 and in 1941/42.
  • Franck Kessié has scored three goals in four Serie A appearances against SPAL, including a brace back in May: against no side has he scored more in the competition.
  • Andrea Petagna made his Serie A debut with Milan in August 2013, against Verona – he scored in his last league game against Milan at San Siro (December 2018).


PREDICTION

Normally, Milan would be the favourites in this fixture, and they still probably are to some extent. However, an upset certainly can’t be ruled out, given how the Rossoneri have performed as of late. That said, though, I think that Pioli will be able to claim his first three points by a narrow margin.

AC Milan 1-0 SPAL

Roma 2-1 AC Milan: Careless Rossoneri side fail to bounce back

Following the disappointing 2-2 draw against Lecce last weekend, AC Milan failed to get back to winning ways this evening as Roma secured all three points at the Olimpico. The Rossoneri certainly have themselves to blame, committing many individual errors. 

Pioli’s men got off to a bright start as they were allowed to own possession, while also creating a few half-chances. However, the hosts managed to work their way into the game, resulting in both sides doing their best to gain control of the encounter.  Continue reading

Roma vs. AC Milan: Team news, stats and prediction

After the disappointing start to his adventure at AC Milan, Stefano Pioli will get a second chance tomorrow as his side takes on Roma away from home. However, it will be far from easy to claim all three points, which the Rossoneri so badly need. 

Eight rounds in, Milan are sitting in 12th place with ten points, seven points shy of the top four. Therefore, as we are entering a crucial period of the season, Pioli needs to turn things around with his new side. In the next five games, the Rossoneri will face Roma, Lazio, Juventus and Napoli, meaning it won’t be easy for the manager. Continue reading

AC Milan 2-2 Lecce: Wasteful Rossoneri have themselves to blame in Pioli’s debut

AC Milan once again disappointed their fans as Lecce managed to snatch one point at the San Siro, scoring the equaliser with just a few minutes left on the clock. A nightmare for Stefano Pioli, therefore, who didn’t get the birthday that he wished for.

The Rossoneri came out flying in the first half as Rafael Leao got two good chances within the first two minutes, both assisted by Calhanoglu. However, the Portuguese youngster failed to get his finishing right as Lecce managed to avoid conceding early on. A promising start, in other words. Continue reading

AC Milan vs. Lecce: Team news, stats and prediction

For the first time, Stefano Pioli will enter the San Siro dugout as manager of AC Milan, having replaced Marco Giampaolo seven rounds into the season. Tomorrow, Lecce will pay a visit to the stadium, with kick-off scheduled for 20:45 Italy time. 

Of course, it will be a very important game for the former Fiorentina manager, but also for the Rossoneri. After a very poor start to the season, they need to bounce back with a great performance, following up on the win against Genoa last time out. However, even though they are favourites, it won’t be easy.  Continue reading