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Match Preview: Milan Hosts Atalanta With Sights Set on Fourth Straight Win

The Rossoneri have been in great form since the last international break. Ahead of the November break, Milan takes aim at Atalanta and a fourth straight win.

Milan's 3-1 win over Lazio last Sunday was one of the best performances of the season for the Rossoneri.
Milan's 3-1 win over Lazio last Sunday was one of the best performances of the season for the Rossoneri.
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Milan has been on fire since the October international break.

The Rossoneri have gone unbeaten in the four matches since the break, winning the last three after a 1-1 draw with Torino. In the process, they climbed from 11th to sixth in the Serie A table. This good form follows a four losses in Milan's first seven matches.

Before several Milan players leave for the November international break, Sinisa Mihajlovic's squad will look to make it four straight wins and a five-match unbeaten run when it hosts Atalanta Saturday.

Pregame Reading

Atalanta has been hovering in the middle of the table most of the season, though the club has seen a recent dip in form. After an opening-round loss to Inter Milan, Atalanta went unbeaten over its next five matches, winning three. Since then, La Dea has won two and lost three.

Saturday's visitors are also around the middle of the pack in terms of goals scored. Atalanta's 13 goals are tied for the second fewest among the top-half clubs. Sassuolo and Juventus have 13 goals, as well, while Inter only has 11 goals, despite being tied at the top of the table. Milan has scored 15.

The two sides are both around the middle defensively, as well. Milan has conceded 16 goals, while Atalanta has conceded 14. Milan is the highest club in the table with a negative goal difference.

Injuries and Suspensions

Milan

  • Injured: Jeremy Menez (hip), Mario Balotelli (groin), Alex (concussion), Andrea Bertolacci (hamstring), Diego Lopez (tendonitis), Ignazio Abate (thigh)
  • Suspended: Giacomo Bonaventura

Atalanta

  • Injured: None
  • Suspended: None

Projected Lineups

(Provided by GdS)

Milan

Atalanta

Prediction

Milan has been in great form lately. Despite a slew of injuries, that form should continue. Atalanta will sneak in a goal, but the Rossoneri will be able to overcome it.

Look for M'Baye Niang to make a significant impact in his season debut for Milan. Fully recovered from a foot fracture suffered in August, the Frechman is ready to show the skill he demoed at Genoa late last season.

Final Score: Milan 2-1 Atalanta