SPAL vs AC Milan: Preview, Team News, Probable Lineups, And Prediction
Despite starting the season on a low note, the Rossoneri have regained their form under new manager Gennaro Gattuso.
The seven times European champions face the newly promoted side SPAL at Paolo Mazza Stadium for the round 24 of Serie A. The match starts at 02:00 pm GMT on Saturday, 10th of February.
SPAL are struggling for their lives in Serie A this term around. They are 18th in the league standings with 17 points from 23 matches, three points behind 17th placed Crotone.
AC Milan are eighth in the league standings and are unbeaten in their last six matches across all competitions.
SPAL were defeated 2-0 in the hands of Cagliari in their last league fixture. Luca Cigarini opened the scoring for Cagliari with a brilliant finesse shot in the 34th minute. Joao Pedro saw his goal ruled out as offside after a VAR review early in the second period.
Marco Sau doubled the lead for the home side in the 78th minute. Leandro Castan set him up with a beautiful back-heel pass, and Sau struck it past Meret to ensure the victory for the home side.
AC Milan were held to a 1-1 draw by Udinese in their last league fixture. It took just nine minutes for Milan to take the lead from Suso. The Spanish midfielder pulled off a screamer to send the home fans into jubilation. The referee showed Calabria a second yellow card, as Milan went down to 10-men in the 68th minute.
The Udine-based side saw several of their attempts to level the match finish before Lasagna saw his cross deflect from the hands of Gianluigi Donnarumma and into the goal. No team could find the winner in the remaining time, and the teams ended up sharing a point.
SPAL have registered just three wins in Serie A this campaign (D8 L12). They have collected just two points from their last five league fixture. Milan, however, are unbeaten in their previous five league games (W3 D2) and it looks like the massive spending in the summer is finally paying off.
These teams have faced each other only once before in Serie A, in the reverse fixture of this league tie, back in September 2017.
Ricardo Rodriguez and Franck Kessie scored from the spot to give Milan a 2-0 lead. Suso missed several chances to make it 3-0, but the two goals turned out enough as the 18-times league champions registered three easy points.
Leonardo Semplici will be without the suspended Francesco Vicari. Left-back Konate and striker Marco Borriello are also set to miss this match with respective injuries.
Both of the regular full-backs, Davide Calabria and Ricardo Rodriguez, are unavailable for this match, so Gattuso will most likely start Luca Antonelli in the left-back position.
Andrea Conti will not participate in this game due to a cruciate ligament injury. The second-choice goalkeeper Marco Storari is struggling with a calf injury and won’t be available for the Saturday clash.
SPAL vs Milan Lineup (Predicted XI)
SPAL Lineup (3-5-2)
Felipe (CB), Vaisanen (CB), Cionek (CB)
Mattiello (LWB), Grassi (CM), Viviani (CM), Kurtic (CM), Lazzari (RWB)
AC Milan Lineup (4-3-3)
Antonelli (LB), Romagnoli (CB), Bonucci (CB), Abate (RB)
Bonaventura (CM), Biglia (CDM), Kessie (CM)
SPAL vs AC Milan Prediction
It seems that Milan have found their form under Gattuso, as they look to fight for the top 4 spot. Their defense looks settled, as they have conceded just three times in their last five games.
SPAL’s defense, on the other hand, is looking lackadaisical and given they have let in eleven goals in their last five games, we can expect the Rossoneri to score some goals.
The Ferrara-based side will have to be at their best to avoid humiliation against AC Milan, who will be eager to bounce back from the consecutive draws.
Our Prediction: 3-1 to Milan