It's been a turbulent couple of weeks for Milanisti. Whilst news of a potential takeover has delighted supporters, the team's performances on the pitch have become more worrisome with every passing week. As if losing to already-relegated Hellas Verona wasn't bad enough, Milan could risk missing out on European football next season as a result. Only one point now separates Milan in sixth place and Sassuolo in seventh and given Milan's recent form it wouldn't be too difficult to envisage the Neroverdi overtaking them.
Appointing a new manager has done little to improve the team's fortunes. The first three matches of Cristian Brocchi's short tenure have been amongst the worst of the season with the Rossoneri enjoying neither good results, nor good performances. Milan have won just one of their last eight matches and have struggled against even the weakest opposition. The visit of Frosinone on Sunday is an opportunity that they must take, especially given that Sassuolo are likely to beat Verona in their match. The away team are in dire form coming into this fixture, stranded in 19th place, with only one win in their last five matches. A loss here could condemn them to Serie B next season if other results go against them, so they will most likely be extra motivated this clash.
For most teams in Milan's position, a match against Frosinone would be an easy three points, especially at home. However, Milan have consistently struggled against weaker opposition this season and despite being favourites, you can expect the Rossoneri to make hard work of it. The two teams have only faced one another once in Serie A, with Milan emerging 4-2 winners in what was a very open game. The threat of relegation could well inspire a similarly adventurous performance this time around from the Canarini.
Milan will be without Giacomo Bonaventura and Andrea Bertolacci for this match through injury, however both Alex and Mario Balotelli are likely to return to the starting line-up having missed the Verona game through suspension. Jose Mauri looks set for a second consecutive start in midfield after impressing against both Carpi and Verona, whilst Keisuke Honda will once again take up the role of trequartista. Milanisti will be hoping to see more of Manuel Locatelli too, with the youngster getting only a few short minutes in the game against Carpi. Frosinone will be without Danilo Soddimo through injury, as well as the suspended Raman Chibsah, but are likely to field a standard line-up otherwise.
Milan: 4-3-1-2 - Gianluigi Donnarumma; Ignazio Abate, Alex, Alessio Romagnoli, Mattia De Sciglio; Juraj Kucka, Riccardo Montolivo, Jose Mauri; Keisuke Honda; Carlos Bacca, Mario Balotelli.
Frosinone: 4-4-2 - Nicola Leali; Matteo Ciofani, Adriano Russo, Leonardo Blanchard, Roberto Crivello; Alessandro Frara, Mirko Gori, Paolo Sammarco, Luca Paganini; Daniel Ciofani, Federico Dionisi.
How To Watch
Where: San Siro, Milan.
When: 14.00pm local, 8.00am EST, 1 May 2016.
TV: SKY Calcio 1 (Italy), ESPN UK(UK), RAI International (USA)
Online: SKY Go Italia (Italy), BT Sport (UK), beIN Sports Connect (USA)
International listings can be viewed here.
Milan have to respond after last weekend's match and the best way they can do that is by relegating Frosinone.
Milan 3-1 Frosinone