Date: 27 September 2018
Time: 21:00 CEST, 3PM EDT, Noon PDT
Venue: Stadio Carlo Castellani
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Milan go into this match away at Empoli in search of a win, after two disappointing league results away to Calgiari and at home to Atalanta. And while Milan have only lost once in the league so far in the season, away to Napoli, allowing other teams to come back and get draws after being in winning positions does not bode well for the future.
Patrick Cutrone makes a return to the matchday squad, but Mattia Caldara will have to wait at least another match to get his Serie A debut for Milan. The biggest possible injury news, however, is that Gonzalo Higuain, despite being in the squad list for tomorrow, will not play because of injury. With Cutrone still not up to full fitness, Fabio Borini will likely get the nod at striker. That is, to put it mildly, less than ideal.
A lot of pressure will be put on the wingers and on the midfielders to pop in with a goal if Borini starts up top, so Giacomo Bonaventura will need to be on top of his game, as will Hakan Calhanoglu, Suso, and Samu Castillejo. Perhaps one of them can run riot and grab a goal or two, as they’ve all shown goal-scoring ability in their own right.
Other than Borini, don’t expect a ton of rotation in the side, with the possible exception of Ricardo Rodriguez getting a rest and Diego Laxalt being recalled by Gattuso.
Let’s hope that Milan still have enough to get past Empoli, who sit on four points through five games in 17th place. After yesterday’s matches, Milan only sit one place ahead of them in the table, 16th on five points from four matches. A win would see Milan jump up to anywhere between 9th and 12th place over Parma but level on points with Udinese, AS Roma and Sampdoria.
May the Rossoneri get a good result and return to winning ways with the match against the surprising Sassuolo, who are sitting in 4th place.