Atalanta make the short journey from Bergamo to battle Serie A leaders Milan. Much like last term after a heavy Champions League defeat, La Dea have turned things around in spectacular fashion and are firmly back in contention for a top four place. The Rossoneri are three points ahead of bitter rivals Inter.
Where and when: San Siro, Milan – 23 January, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Milan vs. Atalanta: Premier Sports 2
Last time: Hakan Calhanoglu and Duvan Zapata exchanged efforts.
Milan v Atalanta Predictions and Preview
Stefano Pioli welcomed back talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the trip to Sardinia and the Swedish superstar bagged a brace to hand the Rossoneri the spoils. The former Lazio and Roma manager will have been delighted with the result and performance, but has a real selection dilemma on his hands this weekend.
Pioli was already missing Ismael Bennacer, Rade Krunic, Ante Rebic and Mattia Gabbia, but will now have to make do without Theo Hernandez, Calhanoglu, Alessio Romagnoli and Alexis Saelemaekers. In addition, Simon Kjaer is nursing a small knock and Milan’s title credentials will be put to the ultimate test against a devastating forward line.
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Technical director Paolo Maldini is working on additions and has already brought in Soualiho Meïté, with Mario Mandzukic and Fikayo Tomori to follow. In more positive news, Ibrahimovic did not feel the effects of a long spell on the sidelines and is 15/4 to open proceedings.
The 39-year-old has 14 goal involvements this term and the impending link-up with Mandzukic is a mouthwatering prospect for Rossoneri supporters. Rafael Leao is 12/5 to bag anytime and Franck Kessie can be found at 13/5. The Rossoneri are 9/5 to secure victory and a stalemate is 11/4.
Opponents Atalanta operate in a 3-4-2-1 with Ruslan Malinovskiy and Josip Ilicic supporting Zapata. The ex-Genk star will be given a more regular run in the eleven with exiled skipper Papu Gomez on his way out of the club.
Malinovskiy is 15/8 to register anytime and Ilicic, who is finally back to his best after a difficult time off the pitch, is 6/4. Zapata is 4/1 to break the deadlock and will be looking to exploit a depleted Rossoneri backline. La Dea are 6/5 to emerge triumphant and inflict only a second Serie A loss of the campaign for the Rossoneri.
One to watch for Milan: Diogo Dalot will deputise for Hernandez and is enjoying his time in Italy. The Manchester United owned ace loves to get forward and is 8/1 to notch anytime.
One to watch for Atalanta: Robin Gosens is a wing-back but has six strikes and three assists to his name from just 19 appearances. The marauding German is 7/2 in the same market.
Long shot: La Dea have hit three or more in six of their last nine domestic matches and there is not another squad in the country that can match the attacking depth at Gasperini’s disposal. The veteran tactician had Sam Lammers, Muriel and Aleksei Miranchuk in reserve for the clash with Genoa, while fan favourite Gomez was not even on the bench. Despite their personal issues, the Rossoneri will still back themselves to take something from the occasion and a thrilling 3-3 outcome is 45/1.