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Fiorentina vs AC Milan: Predictions
Cracks have just started to emerge in AC Milan’s season, having recently surrendered their position atop the Serie A table to arch-rivals Inter Milan, as well as crashing out of the Europa League, with Manchester United running out victors across two legs and booking their ticket in the quarter finals.
Stefano Pioli had initially worked wonders to catapult the Rossoneri to the summit in Serie A, inviting fans to dream of ending their decade-long wait for scudetto glory while simultaneously ending Juventus’ seemingly unshakable stranglehold on the title, but that pipe dream has been all but shattered in recent weeks.
Antonio Conte’s Inter have been near-flawless since the turn of the year and have launched themselves above their rivals, and now boast a seemingly insurmountable nine-point cushion between first and second, shifting the optimism quite drastically to the blue half of the San Siro.
Fiorentina meanwhile have lived a relatively modest existence by contrast, hovering quite uneventfully in 13th, neither in threat of getting dragged into a relegation dogfight, with the club currently seven points clear of danger, or of really breaking the glass ceiling and challenging for a European place.
Fiorentina vs AC Milan: Match Stats
The ingredients are there for an interesting matchup, with the hosts boasting one of the most interesting frontline partnerships in Serie A right now. There is a 16-year age difference between veteran forward Franck Ribery and his up-and-coming strike partner Dusan Vlahovic.
The 21-year-old has been in serious form since the turn of the year, notching eight goals to take his tally to 12 for the season, the current joint-best record for a Serbian player in a single Serie A season, alongside Sergej Milinkovic-Savic in 2017/18. Vlahovic bagged a hat-trick in the 4-1 win over Benevento last time out, so enters this contest with the wind in his sails and no doubt desperate to surpass Milinkovic-Savic.
This has been a fairly matched contest in recent years. Milan have only won five of their last 10 games against the hosts in Serie A, drawing three and losing the other two, so three points for the visitors is far from a foregone conclusion. But, it was a fairly routine win for Milan in the reverse fixture this season, with Pioli’s side running out comfortable 2-0 victors at the San Siro, with goals from surprise scorer Alessio Romagnoli and a Franck Kessie penalty getting the job done.