AC Milan continue their push for Europa League spot as they take on Atalanta Bergamo on Sunday afternoon.
The Rossoneri are coming on the back of consecutive draws and are yet to take all three points from a match in Serie A since the 1-0 narrow win against Torino on 27th February 2016. There is plenty of pressure on head-coach Sinisa Mihajlovic from the Milan president, but the players have already raised their voice in support of the Serbian coach.
Atalanta are currently 16th in the league table, 5 points clear-off the relegation zone. They are coming on the back off a 2-0 win over Bologna at home and will be keen to make the most of AC Milan’s misfortunes in recent weeks.
With the 2-0 win over Bologna on 20th March, Atalanta end their 14 match-run without a win. The record in last 15 matches read, 1 win, 6 draws and 8 defeats.
- Atalanta lost 3 of their last 5 matches in Serie A, all of those came against stronger teams in the league like Fiorentina, Juventus and Lazio.
- At home, Atalanta have just 1 win in their last 8 matches, with 3 draws and 4 defeats.
AC Milan have failed to win in their last 3 matches in Serie A, with 2 draws and a loss.
- The Rossoneri’s last 5 matches have witnessed under 2.5 goals and they have scored just 1 goal in their last 3 matches.
- Milan are win-less in the last 3 away games and failed to score in the last two.
Atalanta: Team News
Chilean midfielder Carlos Carmona is the only injured player for Edy Reja’s side. Both Alejandro Gomez and Alessandro Diamanti, who scored in the 2-0 win against Bologna is set to start in a 4-3-3 formation.
Atalanta: Predicted Line-up (4-3-3)
Sportiello – Drame, Paletta, Toloi, Masiello – Kurtic, Roon, Cigarini – Gomez, Pinilla, Diamanti.
AC Milan: Team News
Juraj Kucka and M’Baye Niang are the players out with injury for AC Milan.
The bad boy of football Mario Balotelli is pushing for a start, but the Serbian coach is likely to stick with Luiz Adriano and Carlos Bacca in the attacking front.
Sinisa Mihajlovic could field the same eleven which started in the 1-1 draw against Lazio.
AC Milan: Predicted Line-up (4-4-2)
Donnarumma – Antonelli, Romagnoli, Zapata, Abate – Bonaventura, Montolivo, Bertolacci, Honda – Bacca, Adriano.
Atalanta vs AC Milan: Head-to-Head Stats
It is even-stevens in the head-to-head record as both teams share 2 wins each from their last 5 encounters in Serie A.
AC Milan can boast of a 2 match unbeaten record over Atalanta after drawing 0-0 at home in their last match, before grabbing a 3-1 win at the same venue last season.
Atalanta have won only once at home in the last 6 meetings with AC Milan at home and the Rossoneri have won in 4 of those encounters.
Atalanta vs AC Milan: Prediction
Despite the win against Bologna in their last match, Atalanta are still in bad shape and must consider them as underdogs for this match. AC Milan’s form is also not that great, which means that this match could go either way.
At the same time, this is a match both teams wouldn’t want to lose as Milan are 6 points behind Inter in the fight for a European spot and Atalanta are not entirely safe from relegation as yet as they stay just 5 points clear off relegation zone.
Both teams are also struggling to score goals which indicates this match could well see under 2.5 goals. A draw will be a fair result and both teams will happily accept it at the end of 90 minutes considering their troubles in recent weeks.