AC Milan face Cagliari in the legendary San Siro on Sunday night. Milan will finally clinch a place in the Champions League since the 2013/14 season with a victory following the success of Atalanta on Saturday. This would of course send Milan fans to the moon. More than that, it would allow the Rossoneri to keep their star players and invest in more players. The implications of this match are huge.
AC Milan face Cagliari in decisive Champions League fixture at San Siro
AC Milan Form
Put everything in the past aside, the Rossoneri are in electrical form. In fact, they have won their last two games by a combined score of 10-0, all in the city of Turin in five days.
Last weekend they demolished Juventus with a score of 3-0. Brahim Diaz, Ante Rebic and Fikayo Tomori scored the goals. Milan’s defense, however, was the main difference as the Juventus side under Cristiano Ronaldo only managed one shot on target. It was a huge game for Milan and Juventus’ Champions League dreams.
Then, on Wednesday, Milan shocked Serie A with a 7-0 victory over Turin. Theo Hernandez scored a brace, Franck Kessie scored a penalty (after missing one against Juventus), Diaz got the scoresheet and Rebic got a treble. Milan are currently at the limit of their elite form, knowing all that is at stake.
Likely lineup for AC Milan
Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be absent for this match. At first it seemed like a major problem to end the season, but Rebic stepped up.
Gianluigi Donnarumma will start in goal, without a doubt. The defense is also expected to remain the same, with Davide Calabria, Tomori, Simon Kjaer and Hernandez.
Ismael Bennacer’s return is a major factor in Milan’s form, and he will start in midfield alongside Kessie.
Diaz’s hot form will keep him as a starting attacking midfielder. Hakan Calhanoglu, the team’s top playmaker, will start from the left wing. Alexis Saelemaekers will return from his suspension and take the position of right winger Samu Castillejo.
Finally, Ante Rebic will start as the only striker. Although he’s generally a winger, his four goals in his last three halves are convincing enough.
Cagliari also has a lot to play. They are not completely out of the relegation race, just five points ahead of 18th place Benevento with two games to go. They will likely stay safe, but that is still not a given.
Milan, however, is too hot right now. A win could also land the Champions League, so they’ll be pulling out all the guns.
Prediction: AC Milan 3-1 Cagliari
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