- Serie A
- Venue: San Siro, Milan
- December 29, 2018
- Kick-off: 19:30 UK Time
Milan will receive the visit of Spal at the San Siro, in the last match of 2018. The match counts for the 19th round.
Milan’s current form is worrisome, and Gennaro Gattuso sits on a hot seat. After the 3-1 loss at Olympiacos, Milan did not manage to qualify for the next round of Europa League, and now Serie A is their main target. The Rossoneri did not win in the last 4 Serie A games, drawing 3 and losing one, but they can call themselves lucky for still being in the battle for Champions League spots. With 28 points after 18 rounds, they won 7 games, drew 7 and lost 4, 3 points behind the last CL spot, Lazio.
Predicted Lineups: Donnarumma; Calabria, Musacchio, Romagnoli, Rodriguez; Calhanoglu, Kessie, Bakayoko, Castillejo; Higuain, Cutrone.
SPAL have had problems finding the net, scoring just two goals in the last five matches. Spal failed to win since October, and Leonardo Semplici’s team now has another impossible job at San Siro. Even so, Spal is still 4 points over the last relegation spot, held by Bologna. With four wins, five draws and nine losses, Spal is on the 15th place in the rankings.
Predicted Lineup: Gomis; Cionek, Vicari, Felipe; Lazzari, Schiatterella, Valdifiori, Valoti, Fares; Antenucci, Petagna.
AC Milan Team News
After a couple of missed months due to injury, Suso is possible to be back in the squad list for the SPAL match, which hopefully means that he can start the match and bring some creativity back into the squad. Other notable absentees include Argentine midfielder Lucas Biglia, ex-Sunderland forward Fabio Borini and Giacomo Bonaventura.
Spal Team News
For Spal, only Johan Djourou is expected to miss this clash.
This is a must-win game for AC Milan and Gattuso, and any other result would end of his reign. Milan has received a lot of criticism from the Italian media. Everyone is expecting Milan to win this one, the bookies priced them at 1.46 to win this meeting, while Spal is priced around 7.5 to produce a surprise. Another loss would bring Spal close to the relegation zone if Bologna can produce a surprise in Naples.
Both teams had problems in finding the net, so we expect a low scoring game.
Under 2.5 goals @ 1.87 (BetFair)
Milan to win @ 1.47 (BetFair)