AC Milan travel to Bergamo to face Atalanta to secure a place in the UEFA Champions League. Milan will have to face one of their toughest opponents in recent years and will look to pull off a coup. Milan are missing Zlatan Ibrahimovic and possibly Ante Rebic. The Rossoneri will rely on youth in this game as well as the leadership of the midfield.
Milan 0 - 3 Atalanta
Milan 1 - 1 Atalanta
Atalanta 5 - 0 Milan
Atalanta 1 - 3 Milan
Milan 2 - 2 Atalanta
Form Guide (all competitions)
Atalanta: D, W, W, W, L
Milan: L, W, W, W, D
Players to Watch
Calhanoglu needs to have the game of his season. He is the most experienced attacker on the pitch today and will need to set the tone for Milan. He can alter the course of any game on a good day and often can create the magic that drives Milan forward. This is the game to win over the fans and he needs to turn up.
Malinovskiy has been occupying an attacking midfield role this season and has excelled because his pace and strength allow him to break through the lines and his long shots have been surprisingly potent. He has scored or given an assist in each of the previous ten games in Serie A hence is on a wicked hot streak. Kessie and Bennacer’s task will be to shut him down.
Saelemaekers was withdrawn too soon in the previous game despite looking quite good and even stinging the keeper with a long shot. Once again, I believe he will step up and make an impact in this game. He has grown so much over the course of the season and is just missing that one game changing performance. His work rate will be vital against the high pressing and quick passing Atalanta hence watch him to make a difference.
Prediction: Atalanta 1 - 3 Milan