It could be said now that the form of Milan is going really in a nice direct, since the team managed to get a 2:1 victory over Lazio last weekend in front of own fans and prove that they know how to perform decently well in consecutive matches.
Their form was full of ups and downs in previous months, but now they have four matches without a defeat streak, drawing away to Fiorentina, but also three consecutive victories – firstly at home against Crotone and away to Cagliari. Plus, the side won over Inter in quarter-finals Coppa Italia game late in December after extra-time having now a decent chance to secure the European ticket via Cup, since their position at the table is still far away from perfect.
Despite three victories, the side is only at seventh position having three points less than Sampdoria on sixth position and moreover, they are already seven points below fifth placed Roma, making their Champions League position already lost now.
Calhanoglu, Cutrone and Suso should lead the attack of Milan in 4-3-3 formation. Central defender Leonardo Bonucci (20/1) is sidelined and won’t play, same as goalkeeper Marco Storari (no performance this season in Serie A) and right full back Andrea Conti (2/0).
Lazio, on the other side, broke their undefeated streak of eight matches in Serie A (six) and Coppa Italia (2), with a 2:1 narrow defeat away to Milan last weekend. The game itself was quite a balanced one, with the home team being better in the first halftime when they got the lead too.
Firstly Cutrone brought them into the lead in tenth minute, however Marusic leveled up in 20th – still the first halftime beloned to the hosts who re-took the lead in 44th via Bonaventura. Players of Lazio were bit better in second, but the scoreline change never came.
The side is now at third position, having already eleven points less than leaders from Napoli, but in comanding lead for the Champions League exit since they have five points more than fifth placed Roma.
Visitors should continue in a version of 3-5-1-1 formation with Anderson as central striker and Milinkovic-Savic set as offensive midfielder behind him. Offensive midfielder Davide Di Gennaro (1/0) is out, as well as way more important central back Stefan de Vrij (21/3), midfielder Adam Marusic (19/3) and forward Ciro Immobile (19/20).
~ AC Milan are undefeated in 17 of their last 18 home matches against Lazio.
Milan secured huge victory over Lazio last weekend, but now are expecting another difficult task where they need to repeat the same success. Another open game is what I expect here and in case the players of Lazio get just a bit more concrete and lucky in attack, this game shouldn’t end up with just three goals scored.