Serie A surprise package Sassuolo host leaders Milan and can reduce the gap to two points with a win. The ambitious Neroverdi are targeting a top six finish and have been likened to Atalanta who have competed in European competition in each of the last three seasons. Elsewhere, the opposing Rossoneri will welcome back Zlatan Ibrahimovic from injury.
Where and when: Mapei Stadium – Città del Tricolore, Reggio Emilia – 20 December, kick-off 14:00
Where you can see Sassuolo vs. Milan: Premier Sports 2
Last time: Caputo cancelled out Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s opener before the Swede got the winner.
Sassuolo v Milan Predictions and Preview
Sassuolo are suffering from fatigue but are boosted by the return of Francesco Caputo. The well-travelled Italy ace last featured in early November but should take his place upfront in the battle of the evergreen attackers.
Caputo has got better with age and his sterling form has given him a genuine chance of making Roberto Mancini’s final 23 for next summer’s European Championship. The Altamura native hit 16 for relegated Empoli in 2018-19 and 21 in the previous campaign with the Emilia-Romagna outfit.
Only Ciro Immobile, Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku hit more and Milan will be on red alert. The veteran is 5/1 to break the deadlock and will be supported by Jeremie Boga, Domenico Berardi and Filip Đuričić.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Theo Hernandez to score first||3/1||Offer|
|Draw and both teams to score||7/2||Offer|
|Milan to win 2-1||15/2||Offer|
Like his compatriot, Berardi should also be on the plane for the Azzurri after finally adding consistency to his game. The talented left footer is valued at in excess of €50m but is in no rush to leave. The vice-captain is 15/8 to bag anytime and Boga can be found at 15/4.
The clash will be special for Manuel Locatelli who came up through the ranks of Milan. The midfielder is on the radar of Juventus and is 4/1 to strike anytime. Sassuolo are 31/10 to emerge triumphant and a tie is 14/5.
Jens Petter Hauge has been a revelation since joining, while Brahim Diaz and Rafael Leao have been bright when they have appeared. Hauge is 15/2 to net last and Rebic is available at 17/4. The division frontrunners are 17/20 to come away with the spoils and maintain their unbeaten start to the campaign.
One to watch for Sassuolo: Đuričić has deputised for Caputo and is already close to bettering his haul from last term. The versatile Serbian is 11/1 to notch last.
One to watch for Milan: Only Ibrahimovic has scored more than Franck Kessie for the Rossoneri this season and the Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur target is 15/2 to open proceedings.
Long shot: Pioli may have to field a patched-up backline after Matteo Gabbia was ruled out for six weeks. The Milan youth graduate stepped in for Simon Kjaer during the thriller with Parma and the Dane is touch and go for this weekend’s big encounter. Alessio Romagnoli is the only recognised centre-back at his manager’s disposal with Mateo Musacchio and Leo Duarte also on the treatment table and the Neroverdi are likely to fly out of the blocks to capitalise. A 3-1 success for the travelling party is 33/1.