AC Milan will be looking to keep up with Napoli’s pace at the top of the Serie A table on Saturday, when the Rossoneri visit Artemio Franchi for their clash against Fiorentina. La Viola have improved rapidly under Vincenzo Italiano, but suffered a painful 1-0 defeat to Juventus in their last game, while Stefano Pioli’s side have drawn their last two matches.
Where and when: Artemio Franchi – 20 November, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Fiorentina vs. Milan: BT Sport
Last time: Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave Milan the lead before Erick Pulgar and Frank Ribery put Fiorentina 2-1 ahead in the last meeting between these teams back in March. However, it was the Rossoneri who eventually earned a dramatic 3-2 triumph at Artemio Franchi after second-half strikes from Brahim Diaz and Hakan Calhanoglu.
Fiorentina v Milan Predictions and Preview
The 1-1 draw against Inter in the Derby della Madonnina might’ve ended AC Milan’s seven-game winning streak, but the result doesn’t change the Rossoneri’s marvellous start to the Serie A campaign. The Rossoneri have two draws and 10 wins after 12 rounds and with 32 points are currently the joint leaders alongside Napoli.
Stefano Pioli’s men can regret that they didn’t get the three points against the Nerazzurri, as Milan were the better side for the majority of the game, while there were some controversial decisions that went in Inter’s favour. A response against Fiorentina will be needed and the Rossoneri should be confident given they are unbeaten in their last three meetings with La Viola.
Considering that Milan had a long list of injured players in their previous games, the fact that Mike Maignan, Davide Calabria and Alessio Romagnoli will miss this match shouldn’t worry Pioli too much. The 56-year-old tactician should stick with Pierre Kalulu at right-back, while Ciprian Tatarusanu will keep his place in goal after saving a penalty against Inter.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is fit and is expected to lead what is the second-best attack in Serie A in terms of goals scored, while Brahim Diaz, Alexis Saelemakers and Rafael Leao should support the veteran. Frank Kessie, Ismael Bennacer and Sandro Tonali will compete for two places in midfield, while Simon Kjaer and Fikayo Tomori will once again pair up in defence.
Unlike Milan, who have recovered most of their players, injuries at Fiorentina have been piling up. First-choice goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski, Erick Pulgar, record signing Nicolas Gonzales and Aleksandar Kokorin are all expected to miss the game due to injuries, while Lucas Martinez Quarta and Nikola Milenkovic are suspended.
This puts Italiano in a tricky spot, as the former Spezia tactician will have to cope without some of his best players. However, Fiorentina can count on the extraordinary Dusan Vlahovic, who has continued to impress despite the increasing rumours linking him with a move to Juventus in January.
Fiorentina currently sit in seventh place with 18 points after 12 rounds. La Viola have three wins and two defeats in their five games at Artemio Franchi this term and they earned impressive 3-0 victories in their last two games against Cagliari and Spezia.
The hosts are 9/4 to get their first victory over AC Milan since 2015. At 5/2 the draw can’t be written off, as La Viola can hold their own against the best in the league, but considering they’ll be missing some key figures there is no surprise to see the Rossoneri being 6/5 favourites in this Fiorentina vs. Milan preview.
One to watch for Fiorentina: Dusan Vlahovic has once again been the star man for Fiorentina, as his eight goals mean that he is only trailing behind Ciro Immobile and Giovanni Simeone in the Serie A top scorer race. The Serbian striker has opened the scoring on three occasions this term and is 9/2 to do the same in these Fiorentina vs. Milan predictions.
One to watch for Milan: Zlatan Ibrahimovic has nine goals against Fiorentina in his career, including the opener in the 3-2 win for the Rossoneri last time. Considering this, it’s no surprise that the Swedish superstar is a 7/2 favourite to break the deadlock against La Viola on Saturday.
Long shot: AC Milan’s last two games both ended in 1-1 draws, while that was also the score in the last stalemate between the Rossoneri and Fiorentina. A repeat of that scenario this weekend is available at 11/2, while the odds rise to 180/1 if you add Vlahovic as the first and Ibrahimovic as the last scorer.