Marco Giampaolo’s Milan are looking to kickstart their season as they welcome Fiorentina to the San Siro on Sunday evening. The Rossoneri have made a patchy start to the new campaign and are looking to recover from last weekend’s derby defeat, while La Viola are also looking to build some positivity.
Where and when: San Siro – 29 September, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Milan vs. Fiorentina: Premier Sports
Last time: Hakan Calhanoglu got the only goal of the game as Milan came away from Florence with a narrow victory when the teams met towards the end of last season.
Milan v Fiorentina Predictions and Preview
Milan have enjoyed a strong run of results against Fiorentina in recent seasons, winning four and drawing two of the last seven meetings between the sides. However, La Viola won 1-0 at the San Siro last season, recovering from a heavy 5-1 defeat in the same fixture the campaign before.
The Rossoneri recovered from their opening day defeat to Udinese in recording back-to-back victories over Brescia and Hellas Verona, but their 2-0 defeat to local rivals Inter set Giampaolo’s side back once again. Ahead of their Thursday fixture away to Torino, the sleeping giants reside in the bottom half of the Serie A table.
It’s been even worse for Fiorentina, rock bottom ahead of the midweek round of fixtures. Vincenzo Montella’s side have at least shown signs of life, claiming a point against Juventus courtesy of a goalless draw on home soil, following that up with another point on the road against Atalanta.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Krzysztof Piatek to score 2 or more goals||7/1||Offer|
|Milan to win 5-1||175/1||Offer|
|Milan to win and BTTS||15/4||Offer|
Certainly capable of an upset, La Viola are 13/5 to pick up the win in this one, after securing their first victory of the season at home to Sampdoria on Wednesday night. They could be without Pedro and Jacob Rasmussen for Sunday’s clash though, while Lucas Paqueta and Mattia Caldara are set to miss out for the home team.
Milan are only three points off fourth place coming into this game, but they don’t want a big gap to open up. The Rossoneri need the likes of Krzysztof Piatek to start firing, and if he does, the hosts should get the job done here. They are 5/4 for the win, while the draw’s available at 11/5.
One to watch for Milan: Piatek hit 30 goals in 42 games all competitions for Genoa and Milan last season, but the Polish striker has only managed one in four at the start of the new campaign. He’ll be looking to get himself on a strong scoring run, and he’s the 4/1 favourite to take a step in that direction by bagging the opening goal on Sunday.
One to watch for Fiorentina: Franck Ribery scored his first goal for La Viola last weekend, putting his team 2-0 up against Atalanta before they fell to a draw courtesy of Timothy Castagne’s 95th-minute equaliser. Ribery 10/1 in the first goalscorer market this weekend.
Long shot: Both teams won 1-0 away from home in this fixture last season, and Fiorentina are 10/1 to make it back-to-back victories at the San Siro by the same scoreline. Milan meanwhile are 175/1 to hammer La Viola 5-1 like they did at this stadium in May of last year.