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Match Preview: Empoli vs AC Milan H2H, Form, Players To Watch and Prediction

Milan need to make a statement in the league and cannot afford to drop points against a low placed side.

US Salernitana v AC Milan - Serie A TIM Photo by Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto via Getty Images

AC Milan take a trip to face relegation placed Empoli in search of three points to build some distance with fourth place. Milan are without loss in the past five and Empoli are winless in the same time. Will Pioli succeed or repeat the mistakes of Salernitana?

H2H

Milan 3-0 Empoli

Empoli 2-4 Milan

Milan 1-0 Empoli

Empoli 1-3 Milan

Milan 0-0 Empoli

Form Guide (all competitions)

Empoli: D, D, L, L, D

Milan: W, W, D, W, W

Players to Watch

Simon Kjaer

With the return of Gabbia and the rumours of Terracciano, this may be the final time we see Kjaer play for a while. The Danish defender will want to make a good impression to make an argument to continue getting minutes despite his fitness issues. The defender helped keep a clean sheet against Sassuolo and will want to emulate that performance again. He will face a tricky opponent in Caputo and needs to be wary of Cambiaghi too.

Daniel Maldini

The former Milan youngster has only just begun to feature for Empoli after an extended period sidelined due to injury. He has 246 minutes under his belt but has started the last two consecutive games. Lest we forget, Maldini scored against Milan for Spezia two seasons ago and given the trajectory of the season we could be burnt by another former Milan player after Manuel Locatelli and Charles de Ketelaere got goal contributions against us.

Olivier Giroud

The striker must be feeling the pressure with Luka Jovic on fire and the Euros looming. He had the best start to a season with the Rossoneri and is still the top scorer of the side with 9 goals and has 6 assists too. He has not scored in his last four games but has three assists in that period. Jovic meanwhile has taken off with five goals since the start of December. Giroud will need to take the opportunities in this game and score against lesser opposition to guarantee himself game time going forward.

Prediction: Empoli 0-3 Milan