AC Milan will be welcoming Chievo Verona on Sunday in the hope to continue their excellent form in the league, with the hope to qualify for the Champions League in the 29th matchday at 2:45 pm GMT on Sunday.
Milan are currently 13 points off from the 3rd placed AS Roma and 5 points off from their city rivals, whom they will definitely want to surpass.
However, the game could be challenging for the Rossoneri, as they have just come off from the exhausting 3-1 defeat against Arsenal in the UEFA Europa League in the second leg of the round of 16, with an aggregate loss of 5-1. Still, their league form is worth praising with Gatusso’s men winning 7 of the last 8 matches in Serie A.
Milan are showing some great defensive resilience in the league. Gatusso has turned the side into one of the toughest teams to score against in a league which specializes in the art of defending.
With Gigi Donarumma, Leo Bonucci and Andrea Romagnoli all performing at their best in Serie A lately, the side have managed five consecutive clean sheets in the league against the likes of AS Roma.
Chievo, on the other hand, will have the fear of relegation on their minds as they are currently 15th in the league with 25 points to their name, just one point off from the relegation zone, albeit with a game in hand.
The visitors have been very weak both going forward and in defending as well, with 23 goals to their name while conceding 44 in total, about 2 per game. AC Milan will be aware of that fact and may be able to score past them easily.
Players To Watch
The Italian striker has been great under Gattuso, notching five in last nine Serie A fixtures. He will be the main concern for the Chievo side and Milan will rely on his incredible form to get past the weaker Chievo defense.
The Italian defender has been the best at the back for AC Milan in the past few months. With 1 tackle, 1.6 interceptions, 4.1 clearances and 0.5 blocks per game, he has been the key figure in keeping clean sheets after clean sheets for the Milanese side in the league. He will be a key figure in Sunday’s game for the Rossoneri side.
On loan from their rival club Napoli, Roberto has already scored 8 in 22 appearances in Serie A with 2 assists to his name. The Italian forward will be an essential figure in Chievo’s battle against the Milanese side who have been tough to break down in the league.
Although Chievo have been leaking goals at the back, Mattia Bani has been decent for his team in the league. He has been contributing a lot defensively with 2.1 tackles, 2.1 interceptions, 7.5 clearances and 0.8 blocks per game. He has been the best defender for the weak Chievo side and will have to perform at his optimum if they are to shut down the in-form Milan team.
AC Milan have won 19 of the last 22 games against Chievo Verona in all competitions with the Chievo side winning just a single game in the process.
- Davide Calabria is still in doubt to play with an injury, so Fabio Borini will be expected to continue at right back.
- One of Emanuele Giachherini or Riccardo Meggiorini are expected to play depending on what formation they use.
AC Milan vs Chievo Verona Lineup (Predicted XI)
AC Milan Lineup (4-3-3)
Rodriguez(LB), Romagnoli (CB), Bonucci (CB), Borini(RB)
Kessie(LCM), Biglia(CM), Bonaventura(RCM)
Chievo Lineup (4-3-2-1)
Gobbi (LB), Bani (LCB), Dainelli (RCB), Cacciatore (RB)
Hetemaj(LCM), Radovanovic (CM), Castro(RCM)
AC Milan vs Chievo Prediction
The home side have been in great form in the past few months and are looking great defensively. They may be able to get past this weak Chievo side, but fatigue may play its part as they have just come off a 3-1 defeat against Arsenal on Thursday. Chievo will try to take advantage of this.
Our prediction: AC Milan will win the tie 1-0.