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Jul 24, 2020 at 8.45pm UK at Giuseppe Meazza
AC MilanAC Milan
1-1
AtalantaAtalanta BC
Calhanoglu (14')
Biglia (25')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Zapata (34')
Toloi (38')

Preview: AC Milan vs. Atalanta BC - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Friday's Serie A encounter between AC Milan and Atalanta BC, including team news and predicted lineups.

Atalanta BC square off against AC Milan at San Siro on Friday evening aware that they require three points to remain in the Serie A title race.

Meanwhile, Milan head into the contest on the back of five wins from six outings, a run which has put the club in contention for fifth position.


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AC Milan manager Stefano Pioli pictured in February 2020© Reuters

With each victory recorded, Stefano Pioli would have felt that he was pushing closer to redemption at San Siro, aware that club officials were intending to replace him in the dugout next season.

However, after an remarkable return of 23 points from a possible 27 since the resumption, the Milan hierarchy found themselves in a position where they had little choice but to extend the stay of a man who divided opinion upon his arrival after a poor spell at neighbours Inter Milan.

The 54-year-old has recorded 16 wins and just six defeats from his 32 matches in charge, and a further improvement on that return over the next three games could be enough for Milan to qualify for next season's Europa League without needing to go through the preliminary rounds.

With Atalanta standing in their way, Pioli will be determined to repay the show of faith in his ability with yet another positive result.

Although Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted a double in the 2-1 win over Sassuolo in midweek, a wide range of players have got on the scoresheet for I Rossoneri since the middle of June, backing up Pioli's view that his group of players have transformed from individuals into a united team.

Despite Milan's recent form, there is an argument that Atalanta should remain as the favourites for this contest as they continue their pursuit of the league title.

While there will be an acknowledgement that they are unlikely to successfully chase down Juventus, Gian Piero Gasperini will want his side to maintain an unbeaten run which has lasted since January 20.

Remarkably, it was a home defeat to now-bottom-placed SPAL which acted as the catalyst for a 17-match unbeaten run in all competitions, but it also highlights what could have been had Atalanta not suffered that shock defeat.

With three matches left, I Nerazzurri are five goals short of reaching 100 in Serie A, although just two strikes have come in their most recent games against Hellas Verona and Bologna.

AC Milan Serie A form: WWDWWW

Atalanta BC Serie A form: WWDWDW


Team News

AC Milan's Alessio Romagnoli pictured in action on March 8, 2020© Reuters

Milan face the possibility of being without the four defenders which began the last match.

Alessio Romagnoli is out with a muscle problem, while Andrea Conti and Simon Kjaer also sustained issues in the meeting at Sassuolo.

Theo Hernandez is sidelined through suspension, leaving the possibility of Davide Calabria, Franck Kessie, Matteo Gabbia and Diego Laxalt forming a make-shift backline.

With Ismael Bennacer also serving a ban, Lucas Biglia and Giacomo Bonaventura may be used in the middle of the pitch.

Gasperini could recall Ruslan Malinovskiy and Luis Muriel, who may line up in attack with Mario Pasalic playing in the number 10 role.

The remainder of the Atalanta starting lineup could remain the same.

AC Milan possible starting lineup:
Donnarumma; Calabria, Kessie, Gabbia, Laxalt; Biglia, Bonaventura; Saelemaekers, Calhanoglu, Rebic; Ibrahimovic

Atalanta BC possible starting lineup:
Gollini; Toloi, Palomino, Djimsiti; Castagne, De Roon, Freuler, Gosens; Pasalic; Malinovskiy, Muriel


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We say: AC Milan 2-2 Atalanta BC

Everything points to this encounter being one of the most entertaining tussles since the resumption. With Atalanta needing a win, expect the visitors to go all out for the three points, but we are backing in-form Milan to pose a constant threat at the other end, leading to a draw being played out at San Siro.


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Who will win Friday's Serie A clash between AC Milan and Atalanta BC?

AC Milan
Draw
Atalanta BC
AC Milan
41.4%
Draw
23.8%
Atalanta BC
34.8%
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CJuventus38265776433383
2Inter Milan382410481364582
3Atalanta BCAtalanta38239698485078
4Lazio38246879423778
5Roma382171077512670
6AC Milan381991063461766
7Napoli381881261501162
8SassuoloSassuolo38149156963651
9Hellas VeronaHellas Verona381213134751-449
10Fiorentina381213135148349
11Parma38147175657-149
12Bologna381211155265-1347
13Udinese38129173751-1445
14CagliariCagliari381112155256-445
15Sampdoria38126204865-1742
16Torino38117204668-2240
17Genoa38109194773-2639
RLecce3898215285-3335
RBrescia3867253579-4425
RSPALSPAL3855282777-5020

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