Can ‘The Eagles’ have success on their travels as they head to the San Siro to face Rossoneri? Can Lazio keep their name in contention for European qualification, or will AC Milan cement their place in the Top 4?
The home team currently sit fourth in the table joint on points with Atalanta, just three points ahead of the visitors Lazio (who have a game in hand). Lazio will really be looking to cause an upset against a Milan team who have been in terrible form following the Milan Derby back in mid-March. Milan’s loss last time out came at the hands of Juventus, even though the Milan side were on top for most of the match, Lazio on the other hand needed a 95th minute equaliser to get a point at home to Sassuolo.
This match could have a massive bearing on not just Champions League qualification, but the Europa League spots up for grabs too. Both teams recent form has been far from Top 4 quality and both sides will need to see this as an opportunity to kickstart their European ambitions.
Milan will be without both Lucas Paqueta and Gianluigi Donnarumma for Saturday’s game, while Andrea Conti is a doubt. In-form Krzysztof Piątek is expected to lead the line, the one ray of sunshine in a bleak month for AC Milan.
Lazio will be without Centre Back Stefan Radu and central midfielder Milan Badelj, as both had picked up a suspension and miss Saturdays match. The only other notable absentee for Lazio is left winger Jordan Lukaku, who’s expected to miss the rest of the season.
The fight for Europe headlining a clash between two Italian giants, but who comes out on top? Who’s got more to lose?
This is a must not lose for both teams and I think that makes for a very interesting match at the San Siro on Saturday night. A loss for either team, would really hinder their chances of Milan (Top 4) & Lazio (Top 6), putting the others (Roma & Atalanta) into the driving seat going into the run in of Serie A.
Milan average slightly below 2.5 goals a game and Lazio just above the 2.5 threshold, so I’m looking at a tight cagey affair being the most likely. You can get the simple Under 2.5 Goals @ 4/5, with neither team wanting to risk too much in this match. The other angle I’m looking at is Milan Win @ 13/8.
I mentioned earlier about Milan being on a horrible run of form post the Milan derby. Prior to that, Milan had won their last five matches in Serie A and that’s clearly a sign that they are good money for their league position. If a few of their bigger names such as Cutrone, Piatek and Calhanoglu can find some form in this match, the spoils could be staying in Milan come Saturday night.
Lazio themselves have some very capable players, with the likes of Milinkovic-Savic & Immobile very likely to cause Milan problems. You can get Immobile Anytime Scorer @ 17/10, that’s a pretty big price for someone who has found the back of the net on many occasions for Lazio in the last 18 months.
This game shows a lot of promise, but with both teams being a bit weary of their current league positions, I think it could be a very cagey affair. Milan will feel confident being at the San Siro and considering Lazio’s recent away form, you’ve got to think that Milan being as big as 13/8 is a good price.
Milan Win @ 13/8
Piatek – First Goalscorer @ 10/3
Immobile – Anytime Goalscorer @ 17/10