Preview: Serie A Round 7 – AC Milan vs. Sassuolo

By Anthony Torgrude -

AC Milan prepare for round seven of this year’s Serie A, hoping to earn their fourth straight clean sheet and a victory.

Milan continue to develop and are showing an understanding for their gaffer that was previously missed. In an action packed 0-0 match last week we showed heart even in the face of adversity.

Fiorentina were short of luck to hit the post in a first half penalty, and that was when the tides changed. Milan took to the offensive for the majority of the game there after, but failed to find the back of the net.

FLORENCE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 25: Riccardo Montolivo of AC Milan talks to the referee Daniele Orsato after the race during during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and AC Milan at Stadio Artemio Franchi on September 25, 2016 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

(Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

Sassuolo have a knack for troubling Milan. Since promotion to Serie A in 2013 they have been steady in the top flight. Sassuolo have scored a total of 14 goals against the Rossoneri in just seven official games.

In those seven games we have only taken three points in two games as well as a Coppa Italia victory. The good news is Domenico Berardi, whom Milan are his favorite victims, will not play on Sunday.

Last season saw I Neroverdi clinch European football for the first time in their club’s history with a sixth-place finish.

THE TEAMS

After three straight strong showings from Davide Calabria, it is assumed he will be rested to allow Ignazio Abate field time once again.

Rumors of Jose Sosa starting on Sunday have been circulating but it remains uncertain if Montella chooses to change the midfield any.

The attacking trident of Suso, Bacca and Niang is a staple under Vincenzo’s leadership and should not fall under question.

Probable XI: Donnarumma; Abate, Paletta, Romagnoli, De Sciglio; Kucka, Montolivo, Bonaventura; Suso, Bacca, Niang.

Injuries: Mati Fernandez, Bertolacci, Zapata, Antonelli.

FLORENCE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 25: Vincenzo Montella manager of AC Milan looks on during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and AC Milan at Stadio Artemio Franchi on September 25, 2016 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

(Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

Sassuolo come into the match disadvantaged and plagued with injuries. The match against Milan comes a very short 72 hours after a Europa League game against Genk. Expect an unusual line up from the visitors.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Gianluigi Donnarumma is the teenager to watch. Sassuolo have a tendency to penetrate the Milan goal, regardless of at the Maipei or the San Siro. Gigio will be tested on Sunday. He is also on the forty man shortlist for 2016 Golden Boy Award; Be sure to vote for him here.

AC Milan's goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma tries to block the ball during the Italian Serie A football match between Sampdoria and AC Milan on September 16, 2016 at 'Luigi Ferraris Stadium' in Genoa. / AFP / MARCO BERTORELLO (Photo credit should read MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo credit should read MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)

LAST TIME THEY MET

The last outing saw the Milanese Giants fall 2-0 at the Mapei stadium on March 6th, 2016. Goals came from Alfred Duncan and Nicola Sansone, with very little to be proud of from the Rossoneri.

Kick-off is expected for 18:00 CET in Milano.

Tags AC Milan Bacca Berardi Bonaventura Coppa Italia De Sciglio Donnarumma Golden boy Italy Milan Montella Rossoneri Sassuolo Serie A Sosa Suso