Date: 22 December 2018
Time: 15.00 Milan, 9:00 AM Eastern, 14.00 UTC
Venue: San Siro, Milano, Italy
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Bertolacci the last player to forfait the Fiorentina game.— The AC Milan-Godfather (@ACMilanSydney) December 21, 2018
Here’s the likely lineup:
Milan (4-3-3): Donnarumma; Abate, Zapata, Romagnoli, Rodriguez: Calabria, Mauri, Calhanoglu; Suso, Higuain, Castillejo.
It appears that the injury bug appears to have been quashed at least a little bit, with Alessio Romagnoli fit enough to start for a second match in a row alongside Cristian Zapata, allowing Ignazio Abate to shift over to his natural position at right back, and Ricardo Rodriguez is likely preferred to Diego Laxalt at left back.
However, the problem is now with the midfield, as both Tiémoué Bakayoko and Franck Kessie are both suspended for the Fiorentina match. Bakayoko took a giant step backwards in the last match against Bologna, playing poorly and getting a red card for a second yellow, meaning that he will miss this match. Kessie also got yellow carded, meaning that he will miss this match due to yellow card accumulation.
Gattuso will likely draft Davide Calabria and Hakan Calhanoglu into central midfield, along with Jose Mauri after it was reported Andrea Bertolacci will miss the match through injury. It will be a difficult match for Milan to win, just as Fiorentina seemed to turn a corner last weekend by (finally) winning a match and scoring a goal.
What do you think the score will be?