AC Milan face Lazio in the Italian Serie A matchday 30 in a much win game for both coaches who are in some pressure in recent weeks.
AC Milan are coming on the back of just one win in the last four league games and their Champions League qualification hopes have faded after finding themselves sixth in the league table with third placed Roma at a 11 point distance. The pressure is piling upon head-coach Sinisa Mihajlovic as President Silvio Berlusconi want to see his club playing Europe’s top flight football next season.
Lazio were comprehensively beaten by Czech side Sparta Prague on mid-week’s Europa League clash by 3-0 and their head-coach Stefano Pioli is on the verge of getting sacked as their domestic form is also not that great. If reports from Italy are to be believed, he may well get the axe if Lazio loss against Milan on Sunday night.
Last 5 Serie A matches:
AC Milan: DLWDW
Milan have failed to win in three of their last four matches, but their home form is pretty strong. The Rossoneri are unbeaten in the last five matches at home, with 4 of those being wins. They have conceded just 2 goals in the last five home games.
Lazio’s last match in Serie A was a 2-0 win over Atalanta and that was their first win in four games. But their away form in the league is terrible and draw all of their last five matches on the road. They have also failed to score in three of those matches.
AC Milan: Team News
Juraj Kucka, Rodrigo Ely and M’Baye Niang are sidelined for the due to respective injuries. While experienced Brazilian defender Alex is a doubt and Cristian Zapata is expected to replace him in the starting line-up.
Predicted line-up (4-4-2): Donnarumma – Antonelli, Romagnoli, Zapata, Abate – Bonaventura, Montolivo, Bertolacci, Honda – Bacca, Adriano.
Lazio: Team News
Under-pressure coach Stefano Pioli is missing six first players due to injury for the trip to Milan.
Stefan de Vrij, Stefan Radu, Dusan Basta, Sergej Savic and Ricardo Kishna are injured, while Filip Djordjevic is a doubt.
Predicted line-up (4-3-3): Marchetti – Konko, Hoedt, Mauricio, Lulic – Cataldi, Biglia, Parolo – Candreva, Matri, Keita.
AC Milan vs Lazio: Head-to-Head Stats
Last 5 Serie A Matches: AC Milan – 2 wins, Lazio – 1 win, Draw: 2.
AC Milan have won 2 and lost once in the last three league matches against Lazio.
Milan also remain unbeaten at home in 21 Serie A matches against Lazio since 1993.
However, the Lazio have success while playing at San Siro in cup matches as they edged a 1-0 win in Coppa Italia on January 2016.
AC Milan vs Lazio: Prediction
Lazio are on a poor run of form and may be self-shocked by the European night humbling by Sparta. Their recent away form and head-to-head record against Milan in Serie A are all pointing towards a comfortable result for the Rossoneri.
At the same time, Milan are a strong bunch at home and have won their last two matches at San Siro. This may not be different this time as Milan hold the edge and will be on for a comfortable win on Sunday night.