Atalanta Bergamo vs. AC Milan
In the penultimate round of the Italian Serie A we have a clash between two rivals in the race for the Europa League, the 7th-placed Atalanta and the 6th-positioned Milan, which has one point more at the moment. Besides the two of them Fiorentina is also trying to reach the 6th place although it has three points fewer than the Rossoneri. We need to add that their head-to-head played at the San Siro last autumn had ended as Atalanta’s away victory 2-0. Begins: 13.05.2018 – 18:00 CET
In that way Atalanta managed to stay undefeated for the fifth time in a row in league matches with Milan, and its fans definitely have right to be optimistic ahead of the Sunday’s match. On top of it, team led by manager Gasperini had out of last four league matches won three and drew just one, which happened last weekend when they faced very strong Lazio 1-1. Before that they won at home Genoa 3-1 and Torino 2-1, while already written-off Benevento was defeated away by even 3-0.
It was natural that all these results had put them back in the race for positions that lead to the Europa League, or more precisely for the remaining sixth place which is currently occupied by no other team but their next rival Milan, which has just one point more. Right because of that we are certain that the home team will give its maximum on Sunday in order to win, regardless that due to injuries this match will skip midfielders Rizzo and Spinazzola, and forward Petagne.
Probable lineups Atalanta Bergamo: Berisha – Toloi, Caldara, Masiello – Castagne, de Roon, Freuler, Gosens – Cristante – Barrow, Gomez
Unlike Atalanta, which is beaming with self-confidence ahead of showdown for reaching the Europa League, the Rossoneri from Milan were suffered a true debacle in the final of Coppa Italia played four days ago. Reigning champion of Italy Juventus had defeated them at the Olimpico stadium in Rome by even 4-0. The defeat has certainly left a scar on team led by manager Gattus ahead of last two league matches. Milan will try to stay at the sixth place, which is the last one that leads to Europe.
True, before the defeat in the final of the Italian Cup, Milan won two league matches in a row; with Bologna away and Verona at home, and is quite probable that will play offensively now in Bergamo. On top of that, Milan owes to its fans for debacle against Juventus, while if it loses to Atalanta it would probably drop out from the race to Europe. Let’s add that still out of action is injured defender Conti, while not fully recovered midfielder Biglia is questionable for the Sunday’s match.
Probable lineups AC Milan: G.Donnarumma – Calabria, Bonucci, Romagnoli, Rodriguez – Kessie, Locatelli, Bonaventura – Suso, Cutrone, Calhanoglu
Since this is a direct showdown in the race for the Europa League it is then the most realistic to expect goals on both sides of the pitch, especially as Atalanta plays very good at home recently, while on the other hand Milan owes to its fans for debacle in the Coppa Italia.