AC Milan vs Bologna / Serie A – The last Sunday’s match of the 16th round of Italian Serie A brings us a match between two neighbours in the table and teams that have won the same number of points by now. Due to a bit better goal-difference Milan is higher positioned at the moment, but the guests from Bologna are in much better shape ahead of this match at the San Siro stadium. Let’s add that the Rossoneri won both their league matches played last year. Begins: 10.12.2017 – 20:45 CET
This time the home team will have to use all its strength and skill if it wants to win all three points, especially as the guests from Bologna are in much better shape. Change of coach didn’t help much the Rossoneri as under new coach Gattus they firstly drew 2-2 in the league with last-placed Benevento, while last week they lost away to Croatian champion Rijeka 2-0 in the last round of Europa League.
True, Milan sent the 2nd team to play the match as it had earlier qualified for the knockout phase, but despite that a team like Milan shouldn’t that easily lose hard-won reputation. Right because of that we believe that Gattuso will ask from his players to be maximally serious in the league match with Bologna. Out of action are only injured defender Conti and midfielder Calhanoglu, and suspended stopper Romagnoli.
Probable lineups AC Milan: G. Donnarumma – Musacchio, Bonucci, Zapata – Borini, Kessie, Montolivo, Rodriguez – Suso, Bonaventura – Kalinic
We have said that the guests from Bologna come in good mood at San Siro, as they again moved into the upper half of table after the latest series of two wins and two draws. True, last weekend they merely drew 1-1 at home with Cagliari, but before that they outclassed at home this season very good Sampdoira by even 3-0, and won Verona away by 3-2.
It is natural that coach Donadoni is far more relaxed after the latest matches, especially as Bologna now has even 11 points more than teams in the drop zone. Now, ahead of Donadoni is match at the stadium where he achieved his greatest successes as a player where he will face another Milan’s legend, Gattus, and it will be very interesting to see how the match will end. Let’s add that only two Bologna’s players are out of action, injured forward di Francesco and suspended midfielder Poli.
Probable lineups Bologna: Mirante – Mbaye, de Maio, Maietta, Masina – Taider, Pulgar, Donsah – Verdi, Destro, Palacio
AC Milan vs Bologna PICK
Although Bologna is in better shape currently we expect a good match from the home team, Milan, especially as it suffered humiliating defeats in first two matches under command of new coach Gattus.
Pick: both teams to score
Odds: 2.10 at William Hill (down to 2.00 can be played)