Milan travel to Emilia-Romagna to face a SPAL group on the brink of losing their Serie A status. The Biancazzurri have not benefitted from the change in management in February and need a minimum of five wins from their final 11 ties. In contrast, the Rossoneri are looking sharp and there are a number of starters who have hit the ground running.
Where and when: Stadio Paolo Mazza, Ferrara – 1 June, kick-off 20:45
Where you can see SPAL vs. Milan: Premier Sports 1
Last time: The now departed Suso notched the deciding effort in October.
SPAL vs. Milan Predictions and Preview
Hosts SPAL are in freefall. The Biancazzurri have lost six of their last seven fixtures and find themselves seven points adrift of safety. Andrea Petagna accounts for over half of the squad’s goals and the burly forward will be a big loss next year.
Petagna will link up with Gennaro Gattuso in Naples at the end of the term and is 9/2 to break the deadlock against the club he played for from 2012-14. SPAL are 19/4 to claim a priceless victory and the draw is 14/5.
Elsewhere, Milan comfortably dispatched Lecce 4-1 in their previous outing. Samu Castillejo, Jack Bonaventura, Ante Rebic and Rafael Leao were all on the scoresheet as Stefano Pioli’s men ran riot.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Draw and both teams to score||18/5||Offer|
|Under 0.5 goals||10/1||Offer|
|Milan to win 2-0||7/1||Offer|
Pioli should have talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic available for selection. The giant Swede has been out with a calf injury since the end of May and will be a welcome addition to the Rossoneri ranks. Ibrahimovic is coming to the end of his short-term deal but is expected to sign on for another 12 months if Milan secure European football.
The 38-year-old is 7/5 to score anytime. If the former Inter, Barcelona and PSG hitman is eased in to action, Rebic will deputise through the middle again. The Croatian has enjoyed a fine 2020 and is the visitors’ top scorer this campaign with seven efforts.
The playmaker is also in line for a new contract and is much admired by incoming boss Ralf Rangnick who tried to sign him at RB Leipzig three years ago.
The Rossoneri are 3/5 to clinch the win and maintain the pressure on Napoli and Roma who currently hold the Europa League berths.
One to watch for SPAL: Alberto Cerri will be thrown on if the Biancazzurri are chasing the game in the closing stages and the physically imposing centre-forward is 21/2 to register the last goal.
One to watch for Milan: Theo Hernandez has played down talk of a move to PSG in a real boost for the Rossoneri. The talented left-back is 13/2 in the same market.
Long shot: Pioli was not the first choice to replace Gattuso but has stabilised the Italian giants and, crucially, got his troops all performing to a consistent level. Çalhanoğlu is playing his best football since moving to the club, Ismael Bennacer has caught the eye of Manchester City, and the attack has fired in the absence of Ibrahimovic. A second successive 4-1 result is 28/1.