European hopefuls Milan host Fiorentina in festive Serie A action hoping to put a difficult week behind them. It has been a testing period for the Rossoneri after their embarrassing Europa League opening stage elimination and the pressure is beginning to resurface on club legend Gennaro Gattuso.
Where and when: San Siro, Milan – 22 December, kick-off 14:00
Where you can see Milan vs. Fiorentina: William Hill live streaming
Last time: Giovanni Simeone gave Fiorentina the lead but it promised to be short lived for the Tuscan based club who conceded a whopping five goals over a 52 minute period. Patrick Cutrone netted twice and was a menace throughout when the sides met late in May.
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Milan vs. Fiorentina Predictions and Preview
Ahead of their final Europa League group phase contest with Olympiacos, the remit was clear for Gattuso and his men: avoid defeat. It had been well documented this would be enough for the Rossoneri to advance to the last 32, but the shocking 3-1 defeat that ensued away at the Greek club put an end to any hopes of Champions League participation in the 2019-20 campaign via European glory. Milan’s progress, which appeared a formality after matchday 5, ended in meek fashion and Gattuso was rightly scathing in his criticism of his players.
Now back on home soil, the Italy World Cup winner expected an immediate reaction from his beleaguered troops during Tuesday’s encounter with relegation threatened Bologna but was left disappointed once again. Despite sitting in fourth spot, the resulting goalless draw was a wasted opportunity for the Rossoneri to build a mini advantage over Lazio and if results go against them this weekend, they could be out of the European places altogether.
Gattuso will task striker Gonzalo Higuain with firing Milan to glory. The Juventus owned forward has by his own very high standards struggled in recent weeks, scoring just once from his last eight appearances in all competitions. The Argentine remains one of the division’s most lethal attackers, though, and is the 9/2 favourite to open proceedings. The hosts are 5/4 to claim all three points and 9/4 to pick up a share of the spoils.
Visitors Fiorentina can close the gap on Milan to just two points with victory at San Siro and will fancy their chances against a depleted Rossoneri backline. Simeone, alongside fellow young starlet Federico Chiesa are the obvious names to look out for and Chiesa is 10/3 in the anytime market. The Viola are 12/5 to emerge victorious.
One to watch for Milan: Cutrone is 11/2 to bag first and is a worthy contender given his new found status as a regular upfront with Higuain.
One to watch for Fiorentina: Marco Benassi is the Tuscans top scorer with six efforts and will feature in the hole behind the two forwards. The 24-year-old is 10/1 to strike last.
Long shot: Both clubs have scored 24 goals from their 16 games and the statistics are similar in the goals against column with Milan conceding 17 in comparison to Fiorentina’s tally of 16. An exciting 2-2 result is 12/1.