Desperate Milan look to salvage what’s left of their Serie A campaign when they face Atalanta, in an encounter between two teams separated only by goal difference. The Rossoneri have registered three league draws, seven wins and the same number of defeats, finding themselves closer to the drop zone than the elusive top four.
Where and when: San Siro – 23 December, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Milan vs. Atalanta: BT Sport, Bet365, bet365 live streaming
Last time: The hosts toiled when the sides last clashed, playing out a goalless draw.
Milan v Atalanta Predictions and Preview
This season has been a chastening experience for Milan and it went from bad to worse last weekend after the humiliating defeat against relegation candidates Verona. The damaging loss highlighted how far the giants of European football have fallen and with morale at an all-time low in Gennaro Gattuso’s squad, Atalanta should be confident of inflicting further misery and taking the three points in the process.
At 2/1 Gian Piero Gasperini’s side are perhaps undervalued in the market and have developed well following last year’s heroics. La Dea are no pushovers and got the better of Roma, Inter and did the double over Napoli in the previous campaign which should serve as a stark warning to Milan. Ex-Diavolo youngster Bryan Cristante, who has attracted the attention of Juventus following a succession of eye-catching displays, will be keen to make his mark on proceedings and is one to watch out for.
The hosts are forced in to one change after Suso’s red card with Hakan Calhanoglu pushing to deputise. The Turkey international has struggled to settle in Serie A but remains a significant threat as a dead-ball specialist. Calhanoglu could be a clever gamble to find the net at 12/1 such is his accuracy at hitting the target.
Europa League partners Andre Silva and Patrick Cutrone could start at the expense of the ineffectual Fabio Borini and lone forward Nikola Kalinic. Silva is still searching for his first goal in the league but a switch in formation could prove profitable for the Portuguese.
One to watch for Milan: Giacomo Bonaventura is the host’s main creative spark and also scored both goals in Milan’s last victory against Bologna. The Italian is 8/1 to score any time.
One to watch for Atalanta: Josip Ilicic bagged a brace in his last appearance and is an attractive 7/1 to open the scoring.
Long shot: Both sides have scored and conceded similar numbers all season and goals are almost a certainty at either end of the pitch on Sunday afternoon. A Milan first-half lead and Atalanta full-time win is 30/1.