Inconsistent AC Milan square off with in-form Lazio in Serie A this weekend, days prior to their clash in the Coppa Italia semi-final scheduled for 31 January. The two sides head into the Sunday’s clash in contrasting fortunes and will play for much more than just three points.
Things Start to Look Up for AC Milan
AC Milan fans could not have hoped in their wildest dreams that summer spending spree would spark such a disastrous campaign for their team. Having invested a great load of money from their new owners and investors, Rossoneri found themselves lingering way below the European places and without the slightest inclination of joining up with the top-four race.
In a seemingly desperate move, AC Milan top office decided to lay the faith of its expensive side into the hands of a managerial novice Gennaro Gattuso. Relying on his instincts and unweathering love for the club, AC Milan hierarchy hoped Rino would go on to transmit some of his fighting spirit and never-die attitude to the groggy Rossoneri side. After taking seven points from the last three games in Charge, Gattuso won the admiration of many – including the club legend Paolo Maldini. Gattuso’s 4-3-3 system seems to have drawn the best of undisputedly talented AC Milan side and the forthcoming clash against high-flying Lazio could end up being a huge boost Gattuso needs at this point in time.
Ricardo Rodriguez is suspended for the match but former Lazio captain Lucas Biglia looks set to return. Conti, Storari and Mauri remain sidelined with injuries.
Lazio’s astounding run does not seem to be nearing its end. Biancocelesti are going from strength to strength in Serie A this season, beating the odds against the more illustrious opponents with more expensive squads.
Simone Inzaghi has every right to be happy with his team’s exploits following comprehensive wins over SPAL (5-2), Chievo (5-1) and Udinese (3-0) last time out, which ended the Friulani’s seven-match unbeaten stretch. Inzaghi still had plenty to say about his discontent for VAR he claims cost his side seven points thus far. Lazio are currently three points clear of Inter Milan in fourth and could use another three points from their clash with AC Milan to keep pace behind Juventus and Napoli. The key figure behind Lazio’s most recent exploits has been the Serbia international Sergej Milinkovic-Savic who’s been pulling all strings in the midfield and connecting all the dots between the backline and attack much to everyone’s delight.
Ciro Immobile is suffering from a thigh injury and could be out of contention, whereas Di Gennaro, Marchetti and Mauricio are likely to be ruled out.
If there’s one thing we think is sure to happen when AC Milan and Lazio go head to head on Sunday then that’s goals. Lazio have been in a free scoring run of late, whereas Gattuso’s Rossoneri are also picking up the pace when it comes to going forward.
Top pick: Both teams to score – yes 1.69 (9/13) @10Bet
Alternative pick 1: Over 2.5 goals 1.85 (11/13) @188bet
Alternative pick 2: Lazio not to lose 1.57 (4/7) @Ladbrokes