Preview: Serie A Round 6 – Fiorentina vs. AC Milan

By Anthony Torgrude -

AC Milan prepare for round six of this year’s Serie A, hoping to earn their third straight victory.

Vincenzo Montella has discovered his Milan. The lads are finally showing some identity and continuity. Carlos Bacca once again proved vital to our campaign in the last outing; a 2-0 win against Lazio.

Aside from the opening twenty minutes or so, Milan were the clear aggressors against Lazio and displayed strong performances from the squad, notably the youngster Davide Calabria.

MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 20: AC Milan coach Vincenzo Montella issues instructions to his players during the Serie A match between AC Milan and SS Lazio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on September 20, 2016 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

(Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Expect goals. November 19, 2011 was the last date a match between the two sides ended with less than two goals; five of the last nine having three or more.

Fiorentina has always been a toss up team for the Rossoneri. Four wins for the Rossoneri, five wins for La Viola, and three draws.

Last season saw Fiore clinch fifth to secure a spot in the Europa League but after just four games played in the current season, they are sitting in tenth.

THE TEAMS

Against Lazio and Sampdoria we saw Davide Calabria start at fullback, once on each side. After two strong displays, it was confirmed he would become the team’s starting right back until further notice.

In the middle of the pitch, we saw the return of Juraj Kucka from suspension and we all were reminded of his importance to the squad.

Montella has made it clear he does not like changing more than one component of a line at a time, but the idea of Jose Sosa starting over Montolivo is enticing and a stern possibility.

Probable XI: Donnarumma; Calabria, Paletta, Romagnoli, De Sciglio (Antonelli); Kucka, Montolivo, Bonaventura; Suso, Bacca, Niang.

Injuries: Mati Fernandez, Bertolacci, Zapata

Filip Djordjevic of SS Lazio and Gianluigi Donnarumma of AC Milan in action during the Serie A match between AC Milan and SS Lazio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on September 20, 2016 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Rosi/Getty Images)

(Photo by Marco Rosi/Getty Images)

Fiorentina Probable XI: Tatarusanu; Tomovic, Rodriguez, Salcedo; Bernardeschi, Sanchez, Badelj, M. Olivera; Ilicic, B. Valero; Kalinic.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Carlos Bacca. With five goals in as many games you simply cannot write this man off. Carlos thrives when playing off the shoulder of the last defender and Fiore are only lining up with three centerbacks this time out. Bacca will have no problem penetrating that back line.

This is the second game in a row that Bacca has been the SempreMilan man to watch and it is deservedly so. Do not be surprised to see him occupy this space more in the future.

AC Milan's French forward Mbaye Niang celebrates with AC Milan's Colombian forward Carlos Bacca (R) after scoring a goal during the Italian Serie A football match between AC Milan and SS Lazio at the San Siro Stadium in Milan, on September 20, 2016. / AFP / GIUSEPPE CACACE (Photo credit should read GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)

(GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)

Badelj is the Fiore man on a mission. After trying to secure a move to AC Milan this summer it only makes sense he looks to continue and impress our scouts. No better way to do that than to perform well against us! Badelj is on his way to forcing a January move to our club.

LAST TIME THEY MET

January of 2016 was the last time these sides encountered one another and was also the last time since march of 2014 that Milan walked away the victor. Dropping no points that night at the San Siro thanks to none other than a Carlos Bacca goal. To seal the win we saw another goal come late, with thanks to Kevin Prince Boateng!

Kick-off is expected for 20:45 CET in Florence.

Tags AC Milan Bacca Bonaventura Calabria Carlos Bacca De Sciglio Donnarumma Fiorentina Italy Kucka Mercato Milan Montella Montolivo Niang Romagnoli Rossoneri Serie A Sosa Suso