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Preview: Serie A Round 35 – AC Milan vs. Bologna
By Ivan Stoev -

AC Milan will host Bologna on Monday evening. The Rossoneri will hope to bounce back in the Champions League race after suffering a loss to Torino last week.

Unfortunately, the team’s lousy form did not allow them to secure a top-four finish, and now it seems that their destiny depends on other teams failing. Even so, Milan have to do their part and try to win all four remaining games should they want any chances of competing in Europe’s top tournament next season. Given their form, the clash with Bologna, much like any other sports events, will not be an easy one. 

TEAM NEWS

The Rossoneri have received a big blow as Mattia Caldara will be out until the beginning of next season after suffering yet another injury which will hold back the Italian another as rumoured between five and six months.

The recent injuries of Andrea Conti and Davide Calabria suggest that Abate will be back in the starting lineup. Zapata is also expected to start from the first minute as Romagnoli is suspended due to a red card against Torino and will miss the game.

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In the midfield and attack, rumours suggest that Gattuso may go out with a 4-3-1-2 formation, playing Paqueta behind the strikers as the Brazilian’s creativity would be vital for the Rossoneri.

Other than that, Bakayoko has been fined due to the fact he was late for training and reports suggest that Gattuso was furious with some of the players regarding their attitude. Thus, we might see Biglia if rumours are to be believed. 

 

Likely AC Milan XI (4-3-3): Donnarumma; Abate, Musacchio, Zapata, Rodriguez; Kessie, Biglia, Calhanoglu; Paqueta, Cutrone, Piatek.

THE OPPONENTS

Bologna are currently in a good run of form. Former Milan coach, Sinisa Mihajlovic, was appointed back in January, and after a shaky start the team have managed to pick up wins and look as if they have escaped the relegation zone.

Furthermore, while their home form looks magnificent with five straight wins, Bologna are not convincing when away. In their last six games, they have managed two wins, a draw and three losses. Milan will have to get some help from their fans at the San Siro as this is the first of four crucial games.

Likely Bologna XI (4-2-3-1): Skorupski, Calabresi, Danilo, Lyanco, Dijks, Poli, Pulgar, Dzemaili, Orsolini, Palacio, Sansone.

KEY PLAYERS

Having in mind the Rossoneri’s last few games, it is hard to determine which of the players could stand out to make a difference. While Piatek’s goals are needed and the Pole could play a vital role in Milan’s performance, we have to give the spotlight to Lucas Paqueta.

Since the Brazilian got his injury, hell came down to Milan. Paqueta did not seem fit and ready against Torino, but fans should hope he is prepared and hungry as his creativity could be vital for the team as they have struggled to create chances in the last games.

Referee Marco Guida gives a yellow card to AC Milan's Brazilian midfielder Lucas Paqueta during the Italian Serie A football match between Torino and AC Milan on April 28, 2019 at the Grande Torino stadium in Turin. (Photo by MARCO BERTORELLO / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)

For Bologna, Soriano, Sansone and Orsolini are doing great, and Milan have to keep an eye for them and especially for Orsolini as he is getting under the spotlight as of late.

PREDICTION

With Bologna’s excellent form and quite the opposite for the Rossoneri, the game should be a complicated one. Mihajlovic’s team has almost surely secured that they will stay in Serie A next season and a drop in momentum might be expected, but that probably would not be the case as the former Milan coach will want to prove himself.

Milan are still in the top four race, and hopefully, they will finally find the form they need and make a final push, but it certainly will not be easy, but a win for them looks more likely than the other way around.

Prediction: AC Milan 1-0 Bologna

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