Date: 26 December 2018
Time: 12.30 CET, 6:30 AM Eastern, 11.30 UTC
Venue: Stadio Benito Stirpe, Frosinone, Italy
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Milan will visit Frosinone for their final away match of 2018, and it looks like the 23 man roster has blown most of the predictions out of the water, with the exclusion of Suso from the squad. Perhaps this is an indication that Suso is battling an injury, as he hasn’t looked his usual dominant self in the past few weeks.
The club will, however, welcome back both Tiémoué Bakayoko and Franck Kessie, as Milan will have their central midfield back in order after both are finished with their suspensions that were served against Fiorentina.
Probable lineups online have suggested that Gennaro Gattuso will stick with a 4-3-3 formation, going with a central defense pairing of Alessio Romagnoli and Cristian Zapata, with Davide Calabria and Ricardo Rodriguez at the fullback slots. The midfield trio would be Jose Mauri joining Bakayoko and Kessie, and with Suso missing out, the front three would be Hakan Calhanoglu, Samu Castillejo, and Gonzalo Higuain.
Frosinone have won only one match in Serie A this season, and they have lost 10 and drawn six matches. They are already five points back from Udinese and safety, while Milan sit on 27 points in fifth place. Frosinone is playing in only their second ever Serie A season, and this is the kind of match that Milan should be winning easily. However, with the toothless Milan attack and the leaky defense, this might be a long match for the Rossoneri. If the rumors about Gattuso’s status at the club being on the rocks are true, then anything other than a convincing win will only put more pressure on Rino. Will Milan get a good win to relieve some of the pressure on the manager? Or will a limp display on Boxing Day help to seal Gattuso’s fate?