Preview and Prediction
These last six games will be decisive ones for AC Milan’s campaign this season, whether they could make their return to European competition or not. Il Rossonero have been impressive since the lockdown with four wins and two draws only. What’s even more stunning was their victory against Roma, Lazio and Juventus. Such indicates that they are in progress of reviving the giant within to make their mark again in Serie A. This midweek, Stefano Pioli’s men will be facing a rather easy contender, Parma, which are sloping to the twelfth in the standings due to their winless run in the past five matches.
The teams’ previous matches
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Co failed to continue their series of win after being held in a 2-2 draw while travelling to San Paolo, Napoli last weekend. They had the lead first by Theo Hernandes’s strike but then Giovanni Di Lorenzo equalised as he tapped in the rebound into the net. Yet, the host was in turn to take the lead as Donnarumma was unable to stop Dries Mertens’ strike. Luckily, Milan was saved by Frank Kessie’s penalty preventing them from losing points.
Parma finally ended their consecutive loss last weekend after forcing Bologna to go home with only one point in a hard-fought 2-2 draw at home. Rossoblu opened the score sheet on the 3rd minute by Danilo’s header and followed by Roberto Soriano’s curling shot thirteen minutes later. Fortunately, Roberto D’Aversa’s men made an unlikely comeback in just two minutes of the stoppage time. Jasmin Kurtic and Roberto Inglese were the ones who netted the equaliser.
The former Inter, Fiorentina and Lazio boss Stefano Pioli is likely to deploy 4-4-1-1 or 4-4-2 instead of 4-2-3-1, which seems to have been anticipated already considering the result. Unfortunately, Sam Castillejo, Matteo Musacchio and Leo Duarte are still ruled out, plus the suspension of Alexis Saelemaekers. The right wing seems to be the main weakness in Il Diavolo Rosso’s form lately. Playing Lucas Paqueta there seems to be ineffective. Thus, Ante Rebic is the best option left to take the position to cover Sam Castillejo’s absence. Alternatively, the 4-4-1-1 formation can be modified to 4-3-1-2 with Calhanoglu behind Ibrahimovic or Rafael Leao and Ante Rebic upfront.
Meanwhile, Parma under D’Aversa might employ 4-4-1-1 again as he previously did plus it is more suitable against the higher profile teams as Milan. Gialloblu would be more pragmatic and seemingly defensive before striking back quickly with Andres Cornelius, who will be taking over Roberto Inglese’s men due to the suspension, and the Swedish Dejan Kulusevski
Players to watch
In Milan, Theo Hernandez is the current top performer in San Siro. Last weekend, he scored his sixth goals of the season, which is quite a form for him. Some other notable ones are the Algerian defensive midfielder, Ismael Bennacer and Ante Rebic with his ten goals and two assists.
Milan vs Parma Prediction
This match might not be as challenging as the previous ones for Il Diavolo Rosso. Yet, they can not stumble again if they are still aiming for continental competition as their nearest contenders could simply leave them behind on the seventh. Therefore, Milan will come out as a winner eventually.
The home side is the clear favourite. They are priced to win at 1.42, whereas Luigi Sepe and Co are in the win market at 7.10. The odds for a draw result are only at 4.65.