The two teams then played a wild rematch that ended 6-3 in favor of the Rossonere.
That was then, and this is now. In our current timeline, the two teams will meet for the second time this season.
What to know before this match:
- The last time the two teams met was in September of 2020. Milan won that match 3-1.
- Four Milan players are still coming off the emotional high of helping Italy secure qualification for the Women’s Euros in 2022. The players are Linda Tucceri Cimini, Laura Fusetti, Valentina Bergamaschi, and of course, Valentina Giacinti. Giacinti played a pivotal part in the Azzurre securing qualification for the tournament, as she scored the opening goal of the match. She also had a brace in the 12-goal rout and was even voted the player of the match.
- Linda Tucceri Cimini also played her part, albeit in organizing the post-match festivities. We still love her, even if she had a little trouble getting her teammates to spell the word ‘Euros’ correctly.
- There are preliminary reports that Giacinti may have suffered a slight sprain in the match against Israel. However, we won’t know her true condition until this Saturday. The hope is that the Milan captain will be healthy enough to take the field and to help the team secure a vital win.
- Yui Hasegawa might make her official debut for Milan during this match. While the player did technically make her debut against Sassuolo, it came during a Coppa Italia match. The game was also, unfortunately, not broadcast anywhere, and that was due to poor planning. If Yui does take the field this Saturday, we’ll at least be able to see the match, as Milan will most likely broadcast it on their app.
- Milan will most likely field a 3-5-2 for this match. Bari have been known to field a 3-5-2 on occasion but they mainly play in a 4-4-2 formation. They have also been known to line-up in a 5-3-2 as well, so don’t be surprised if they choose to field that formation to counter Milan’s 3-5-2.
- The Rossonere have never lost to Bari since the Friulians have been promoted to Serie A Femminile. To date, Milan have also scored nine goals against them, while Bari have scored four goals against us.
- Given the fact that Milan have the momentum of qualifying for the semifinals of the Coppa Italia and four of their players have the confidence of helping Italy secure qualification for the Euros on their side, they will go into this game as the more confident team. Look for them to emerge the winners of this match, no matter how frustrating the game might end up becoming.
AC Milan will take on Pink Bari at 12:30 pm CET (3:30 am PST / 6:30 am EST). You’ll be able to watch the match on the usual channels, e.g. TimVision, the AC Milan app, Milan TV, and the Dailymotion site.