Preview: AC Milan vs Cagliari – prediction, team news, lineups
Looking for successive victories to start the Serie A season, AC Milan host Cagliari at the San Siro on Sunday night.
While the Rossoneri edged out Sampdoria on opening day, their visitors were limited to a disappointing draw at home.
Milan got off to a winning start in Serie A, as Brahim Díaz scored the only goal at Marassi that helped his team to a 1-0 victory at Sampdoria.
Having watched Inter destroy Genoa at the weekend, they traveled to Genoa on Monday night in search of a positive result in their first competitive match without goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, who departed for Ligue 1 earlier this summer.
New signing Mike Maignan, who came in the opposite direction from French champion Lille, was kept busy by Samp’s attack, but stood his ground against the challenge and claimed a well-deserved clean sheet on his debut.
Both Maignan’s French teammate Olivier Giroud and Euro 2020 champion Alessandro Florenzi also took part last time, the former from the start and the latter making a brief cameo from the bench, while Stefano Pioli tries to rejuvenate a team that has failed in the last eight. months, after a golden 2020.
This week, they face opponents they particularly enjoy: Milan have not conceded a single goal in their last five Serie A matches against Cagliari, winning four, and have only lost three of the clubs’ previous 39 encounters. in San Siro.
After the next international break, the Rossoneri are looking forward to a return to the Champions League, as well as attractive matches against the top four contenders, Lazio and Juventus, in the league.
First, however, they must focus on continuing their dominance of the Sardinian team as they look to set the tone for a Scudetto challenge next spring.
Cagliari also kicked off their campaign on Monday night, when they welcomed Spezia to a sultry Sardegna Arena. Once again, the Isolani were indebted to captain Joao Pedro, who pocketed a double to save a point for the hosts in a 2-2 draw.
With his team trailing by two goals with half an hour remaining, the excellent Cagliari number 10 took over, scoring a quick double between the 62nd and 67th minutes.
The versatile forward has amassed a total of 43 league goals since 2018, perhaps surprisingly making him the Brazilian player to have scored the most times in Europe’s top five leagues during that time.
Despite his considerable efforts, a lack of defensive stamina has ensured that Cagliari has finished 14th or less in each of the last four seasons. However, hopes of finishing in the first half of this period will surely depend on the outcome of games like last week’s, rather than against the Calcio giants.
As a measure of their inferiority in this encounter, they have lost more Serie A games against AC Milan than against any other team, 43 in total, and their last victory against the Rossoneri came as early as May 2017, losing six and drawing two. . given that.
AC Milan possible starting lineup:
Maignan; Calabria, Kjaer, Tomori, Hernandez; Bennacer, Tonali; Saelemaekers, Diaz, Leao; Giroud
Cagliari possible starting lineup:
Radunovic; Ceppitelli, Godin, Carboni; Nandez, Marin, Strootman, Deiola, Dalbert; Pedro, Pavoletti