MILAN AND CAGLIARI are set to play tomorrow at Stadio San Siro in the second round of Serie A.
Allegri & Co. are ready to take on Cagliari in a must-win game as they have lost to Verona in their opening game of the season. There are some worries for Allegri as Daniele Bonera, Bakaye Traoré, Riccardo Saponara, and Giampaolo Pazzini are all missing out due to injuries but the rest of the squad is ready for a thrilling encounter at San Siro.
Here is Milan’s probable line-up (4-3-3, according to Sky.it)
Abbiati; Abate, Zapata, Mexes, Constant; Montolivo, De Jong, Poli; Robinho, Balotelli, El Shaarawy.
Milan’s defense is in a good shape after a comprehensive 3-0 win over PSV in Champions League play-off second leg. They need to deal the set pieces carefully. Poli had a fine game against Verona. He can occupy the left midfield role, but Muntari, who unexpectedly has been an important player in Allegri’s plans, might play on the left midfield position instead.
Boateng was not a natural right forward, and his move to Schalke made decision easy for the manager. Robinho or Niang can slot nicely into a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 formation. One of them will go head to head with Cagliari’s left back. El Shaarawy will display his skills on the left side to bemuse Cagliari’s Dessena.
Balotelli will be up against the resolute Cagliari central defense. They would do everything to shut him down. Allegri is a big admirer of Matri as both worked together. His introduction in second half would be rejuvenating for the Milan faithful.
Cagliari started their season with a winning note as they defeated Atalanta in their Serie A opener. Their moral is high and with their fighting spirit, they’ll give Milan a run for their money.
Here is Cagliari’s probable line-up (4-3-3, according to Sky.it)
Agazzi; Dessena, Rossettini, Astori, Murru; Nainggolan, Conti, Cabrera; Ekdal , Sau, Pinilla.
Their back four are set to retain their positions to stop Milan trio. Conti will play just above the Cagliari central defense. The veteran midfielder will dictate the game from his own half. Nainggolan and Cabrera will be pushing their forwards to Milan’s danger zone. Ekdal will be playing on the shoulders of Montolivo.
Sau and Pinilla might not get too many chances in open play but Cagliari have the ability to provide set piece threat.
In Serie A Milan are undefeated in their last 12 home matches while Cagliari haven’t got a single win in their last 6 away games. Milan were vulnerable against Verona but they put a fine display against PSV in midweek.