As the Serie A season reaches its climax, Milan risk missing out on European football altogether next term if they fail to triumph against mid-table Bologna on Sunday afternoon.
The honeymoon period is over for Gennaro Gattuso who has failed to win any of the last six matches and the pressure is now firmly on his squad.
Where and when: Stadio Renato Dall’Ara – 29 April, kick-off 14:00
Where you can see Bologna vs. Milan: BT Sport, William Hill live streaming
Last time: Jack Bonaventura netted either side of a Simone Verdi strike to secure the spoils for Milan back in December.
Bologna v Milan Predictions and Preview
Hosts Bologna sit in 12th and can look forward to another campaign in Italy’s top flight, despite a recent poor run of results. Roberto Donadoni’s men finished in 15th spot last year and the target should be a top half finish this time around.
The former Azzurri boss will task star man Verdi with toppling the club he joined at 11 and the talented forward is 13/2 to strike anytime during the encounter.
Verdi is expected to leave the Emilia-Romagna based club in the summer and will want to bow out on a high in front of his adoring crowd. Bologna are 15/4 to come away with the spoils and potentially move above Genoa depending on how they fare against Atalanta.
Travelling party Milan currently trail the Orobici but have Sampdoria and a resurgent Fiorentina team still to contend with if they are to earn a Europa League finish. The Rossoneri will be expected to immediately bounce back after the shock 1-0 defeat on home soil against relegated Benevento.
The outcome was a small piece of history for the basement club who finally won away from home at the seventeenth time of asking and Gattuso was quite rightly scathing in his assessment of his embarrassed group of players.
Nevertheless, the Diavolo are 8/11 to pick up a valuable success while Suso is 6/1 to hit the final goal of the contest. Andre Silva is 11/2 in the same market and will get an opportunity to make his mark, even if this is likely to come from the bench in the second-half.
One to watch for Bologna: Ex-Milan loanee Mattia Destro has six efforts to his name this term and will be a threat, particularly in the air. The burly forward is 13/2 to open proceedings.
One to watch for Milan: Patrick Cutrone is Milan’s top scorer by some distance and will want to end his debut season in the first team on a high. The young Italian is 9/2 in the same betting as his compatriot.
Long shot: History is against Bologna who have not taken anything from this fixture at Renato Dall’Ara since March 2002. Nevertheless, their opponents are there for the taking and look completely out of sorts. A 3-1 win for the Rossoblu is priced at 50/1 and would leave Milan with a mountain to climb with just three games remaining.