Date: 22 February 2019
Time: 8:30 PM Rome, 2:30 PM Eastern, 7:30 PM UTC
Venue: San Siro, Milano, Italy
Previous Result: September 27th, 2018: Empoli 1-1 Milan
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Milan look to grab a win at home against a team that the club had somehow only managed to get a 1-1 draw with earlier in the season. Milan had taken a first half lead away at Empoli, but with Gonzalo Higuain out injured and Patrick Cutrone only fit enough for the bench, Fabio Borini was the starting striker on the night, and Lucas Biglia fouled an Empoli player in the box and they drew level from the spot.
Expected lineups for Milan-Empoli [Gazzetta dello Sport] pic.twitter.com/pmPidNmRg2— Milan Eye (@MilanEye) February 22, 2019
Of course, this game should go a tad differently for Milan, as not only has Higuain left the club, but Milan have been given a new lease on life with Lucas Paquetà and Krzysztof Piatek now in the lineup. As depressing as it was to watch Milan back in mid-September slump to yet another draw, it’s been all exciting and fun to watch this team take Serie A by storm with this team clicking on all cylinders.
Milan sit in fourth place, four points behind Inter Milan and one point ahead of AS Roma in the race for the final Champions League spot and need to pick up a win to keep pace. Empoli, on the other hand, are three points above Bologna and the relegation spots. Milan’s defense has been a rock lately, and there is no reason that Milan can’t pick up another win here and inch ever closer to third place, if only for the day.