AC Milan will be heading to Genoa on Sunday in the hope to continue their great form in the league, with the Champions League spots within sights in the 28th matchday at 5:00 pm GMT on Sunday. They are currently eight points off fourth with a game in hand. With this form, Gennaro Gattuso could lead the Milan side into the Champions League, which would be an achievement seeing their slow start to the league.
However, the game will be tough for Milan, as Genoa have been in good form of late winning against an Inter in their last game here with a formidable 2-0 score. The hosts boast the fifth best defense in the Serie A, conceding just over a single goal per game. With this form, they have climbed to the 13th spot with 30 points to their name.
Milan are also showing some great defensive prowess in the league. Gatusso has turned the side into one of the toughest sides to break in a country that specializes in this art of defending.
With Gigi Donarumma, Leo Bonucci and Andrea Romagnoli all performing at their optimum level in Serie A, the side have managed three consecutive clean sheets in the league. They also kept the Serie A top scorer’s Lazio quiet in two Coppa Italia semi-final fixtures and will be looking to show their defensive strength against the home side.
Milan, although solid in the league, will be carrying the baggage of 2-0 defeat in the midweek against Arsenal in the Europa League on their home turf. Genoa will want to take advantage of that while the Rossoneri’s will try to look past that and concentrate on their league form.
The Italian striker has been great under Gattuso, notching five in last eight games. He will be main concern for the Genoa side and Milan will rely on his incredible form to get past the Genoa defense. The 20-year-old forward will have to be influential for AC Milan if they are to grab the Champions League spot they are so eagerly craving.
The midfielder has been in fine form as of late with 2 goals and an assist in the last 4 outings. The 25-year-old will be an integral part of the Genoa side if they are to give some tough competition to AC Milan. He can chip in with some goals or assists and can be influential in organizing the midfield, especially on the left. His defensive contribution will also be an integral part of his game.
AC Milan has been on top of their game when it comes to this fixture winning 6 of their last 7 matches against Genoa.
Davide Calabria may be unavailable for AC Milan as he suffered a knee problem during the game against Arsenal.
Adel Taarabt(Genoa), although close to full fitness, maybe not given any game time to avoid further injury.
Genoa vs AC Milan Lineup (Predicted XI)
Genoa Lineup (3-5-2)
Zukanovic(LCB) – Spolli (MCB) – Biraschi (RCB)
Laxalt (LM) – Bessa(LCM)-Hiljemark(CM)-Bertolacci(RCM)-Rosi(RM)
AC Milan Lineup (4-3-3)
Rodriguez(LB), Romagnoli (CB), Bonucci (CB), Calabria(RB)
Kessie(LCM), Biglia(CM), Bonaventura(RCM)
Calhanoglu(LF), Cutrone(ST), Suso(RF)
Genoa vs AC Milan Prediction
The home side have picked up some form of late and are looking good defensively. They will try to disrupt the form of this Milanese side. On the other hand, AC Milan are themselves in a great run of form with 8 points away from the 4th place side at the moment.
The Rossoneri will try to get past the 2-0 defeat against Arsenal and carry their form in the league against the home side to snatch the Champions League spot they are craving. This could be a close affair.
Our Prediction: A 1-0 win for AC Milan