Serie A front-runners AC Milan face a daunting home tie against Atalanta on Saturday at 5pm (UK time), with the Rossoneri winless in six at
Serie A front-runners AC Milan face a daunting home tie against Atalanta on Saturday at 5pm (UK time), with the Rossoneri winless in six at the San Siro against their opponents this weekend.
Stefano Pioli’s men have recovered in fine fashion from that 3-1 defeat to Juventus at the start of the month, winning each of their last two Serie A games, which keeps them three points ahead of second-placed Inter after 18 matches. However, you would have to go back to January 2014 for Milan’s last home win against Atalanta in Serie A.
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Where to watch Milan vs Atalanta on TV:
- UK: Premier Sports 2
- US: ESPN+
Scoreline prediction: Milan 2-2 Atalanta
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Milan vs Atalanta build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
The Rossoneri have had ill-luck with injuries these past few weeks but Pioli has kept the sleeping Milan giant very much on track to end a decade-long wait for the Scudetto. Consecutive wins over Torino and Cagliari was an impressive way to bounce back from that Juve loss, but Atalanta pose an entirely different threat.
Gian Piero Gasperini’s men are unbeaten in 12, despite dropping points in their previous two outings, and enter this contest with a formidable recent record against Milan. The Goddess have only lost once in their last 10 Serie A games against Milan, and know the San Siro very well, having played their European matches there in 2019/20.
- Milan (vs Cagliari): Donnarumma; Calabria, Kjaer*, Romagnoli*, Dalot; Tonali, Kessie, Castillejo, Diaz, Hauge; Ibrahimovic.
- Atalanta (vs Udinese): Gollini; Toloi, Romero, Palomino; Hateboer, Pessina, De Roon, Maehle; Malinovskiy, Miranchuk; Muriel.
Pioli was already tussling with injuries to Ismael Bennacer and centre-back Matteo Gabbia, but he has been dealt another defensive blow with Simon Kjaer and Alessio Romagnoli unavailable for this match, with the former coming off injured against Cagliari and the latter suspended after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season. They join Hakan Calhanoglu and Theo Hernandez on the sidelines, while Alexis Saelemaekers is also suspended after picking up a red in the Cagliari win. Atalanta meanwhile will be without Mario Pasalic and Papu Gomez.
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Players to watch:
- Milan: Pioli would have been relieved to welcome back Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the Cagliari match. The veteran Swede made a five-minute cameo against Torino after returning from a calf injury that kept him sidelined throughout December before playing 45 minutes in the cup against the Turin club. He then followed up with a full 90-minute showing in Sardinia, marking his comeback with both goals in a 2-0 win. Those finishes brought his career tally up to 498 in all competitions across club football, meaning he is now just two shy of reaching 500. His second goal at the Sardegna Arena was also his 80th in Milan colours — only for PSG (156) has he netted more.
- Atalanta: Aiming to prevent Ibrahimovic running riot in the final third will be Pierluigi Gollini. The Manchester United graduate and former Aston Villa man is one of only four goalkeepers (10+ appearances) with a save percentage above 70% in Serie A this season. Gasperini’s side have scored an uncharacteristic one goal in their last two matches and the Italian coach will be looking to rectify that on Saturday, but he must be wary of the threat Milan pose going forward, so Gollini’s inclusion will be paramount if they are to maintain their exceptional record at the San Siro.
Serie A 2020/21 recent form:
- Milan: WWLWW
- Atalanta: DDWWW
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