Milan welcome inconsistent Cagliari on the final day of the Serie A calendar. The Rossoneri are assured of European football after Napoli’s defeat at the hands of Inter and go in search of a ninth win from the last 12 games. Walter Zenga’s group come in to the fixture after beating Juventus in midweek.
Where and when: San Siro Stadium, Milan – 1 August, kick-off 19:45
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Last time: Strikers Rafael Leao and Zlatan Ibrahimovic were on target in Sardinia.
Milan v Cagliari Predictions and Preview
After months of speculation, Stefano Pioli can look forward to taking his place in the Rossoneri dugout in September. The former Fiorentina, Roma, Lazio and Nerazzurri tactician was expected to be replaced by Ralf Rangnick in the off season but a combination of fine post-lockdown form and the board’s inability to thrash out terms with the German ensured Pioli deservedly remains in the job.
The hosts’ encounter with Atalanta on Matchday 36 was a good indicator of Milan’s progress and Pioli will have been pleased. The Rossoneri largely kept Gian Piero Gasperini’s big hitters at bay and were well worth their share of the spoils.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Milan to win 2-0||13/2||Offer|
|Draw and both teams to score||9/2||Offer|
|Leao to score last||24/5||Offer|
Ibrahimovic will lead the lead in potentially his last appearance for the club. The Swede has yet to put pen to paper on a new deal but has galvanized his team-mates since joining for a second spell last winter. The 38-year-old spearheads the eleven with Ante Rebic, Hakan Çalhanoğlu and Jack Bonaventura in support.
Ibrahimovic is 11/4 favourite to open proceedings while Rebic is 4/1 in the same betting. The Croatian is the Rossoneri’s top scorer and has been a standout performer in the division over the last six weeks. Çalhanoğlu has also starred.
The Turkey international has contributed six assists and four goals from his last five outings and Milan are desperate to keep the playmaker at San Siro. Çalhanoğlu is 2/1 to register anytime and the Rossoneri are 9/20 to end the term on a high.
Travelling party Cagliari are safe, but will be disappointed with how the second-half of the campaign has gone. Gli Isolani have taken maximum points from one of their last nine contests, a far cry from the 13-game unbeaten run which began in September.
One to watch for Milan: Theo Hernandez recently pledged his future to the Rossoneri after attracting interest from PSG. The Frenchman is one of the most sought after full-backs in world football and is 12/1 to bag last.
One to watch for Cagliari: Giovanni Simeone has notched double figures during his first year in Sardinia and Fiorentina have missed the Argentine. The son of Diego is 15/2 to hit the final effort.
Long shot: Cagliari have little to play for, and, historically, any team in a similar position cannot wait for the season to conclude. In contrast, Milan are firing on all cylinders and have match winners all over the pitch. A 4-0 thrashing in favour of the Rossoneri is 19/1.