No longer the superstar-packed fixture of yesteryear, yet one of these teams is top of the pile in Serie A as Milan host Fiorentina at the San Siro on Sunday afternoon. The Rossoneri have made a wonderful start to the new season, and are looking to maintain their unbeaten record this weekend.
Where and when: San Siro – 29 November, kick-off 14:00
Where you can see Milan vs. Fiorentina: Premier Sports, LiveScore app
Last time: A late penalty from Erick Pulgar cancelled out Ante Rebic’s opener, as the teams drew 1-1 at the Stadio Artemio Franchi in February.
Milan v Fiorentina Predictions and Preview
Fiorentina took four points from their two Serie A fixtures against Milan last season, after beating the Rossoneri 3-1 at the San Siro in their first encounter of the campaign. However, Il Diavolo are an entirely different prospect this term, and are looking to continue their form as the early pacesetters.
Milan have won six of their opening eight league games so far this season, drawing the other two against Roma and Verona. Interestingly, those two stalemates came in their last two home games, with the Rossoneri winning all four of their away matches so far.
That includes last weekend’s excellent 3-1 victory over Napoli, where Zlatan Ibrahimovic extended his impressive start to the season with another brace to move to 10 league goals for the campaign already. Questions over whether the mercurial Swede can maintain his stunning form over the course of the entire season are for another day.
More pertinently this weekend, the question is whether he’s going to be fit to play following an injury scare against Napoli. His absence would be a mighty blow to Milan, as right now, he looks like he can lead his team to victory over any other side in Serie A.
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The Rossoneri have already beaten local rivals Inter this term, and they are the favourites at 4/5 with William Hill in these Milan v Fiorentina predictions. La Viola are 18/5, while you can back the draw on Sunday at 3/1. Three of the last eight meetings between these clubs have ended with honours even, but all of those matches were in Florence.
Fiorentina have won two in a row in Milan, but Stefano Pioli looks like he’s instilled renewed confidence in his players this season. As well as Ibrahimovic, those players may not include Alexis Saelemaekers and Rafael Leao this weekend though, while the visitors could be without an impressive veteran of their own.
Franck Ribery is a doubt for this game along with former Milan midfielder Giacomo Bonaventura. That would be a big double blow for Fiorentina, as they bid to end their three-match winless run. La Viola have only won two of their eight Serie A fixtures so far this season, and it’s tough to see them adding to that here.
One to watch for Milan: If there’s to be no Zlatan this weekend, the likes of Hakan Calhanoglu will need to step up for the Rossoneri. The Turkish international is yet to score in Serie A so far this season, but he has four in the Europa League and is 13/2 to break his domestic duck on Sunday.
One to watch for Fiorentina: Gaetano Castrovilli has four Serie A goals to his name after eight appearances so far this term. The 23-year-old Italian is available at 8/1 to open the scoring in this Milan v Fiorentina preview.
Long shot: Milan’s last victory over Fiorentina at home came courtesy of a thumping 5-1 scoreline in May 2018. The Rossoneri are priced at 100/1 to repeat that result this weekend, rising to an eye-popping 555/1 if Ante Rebic opens the scoring – as he did the last time these teams met.