Preview: AC Milan vs Lazio – prediction, team news, lineups
Something must give Sunday night as two teams with perfect Serie A records meet at the San Siro, with AC Milan hosting their counterpart from the capital Lazio. AC Milan vs Lazio where to watch, AC Milan vs Lazio tv channel.
An Olivier Giroud-inspired Milan claimed victory in Cagliari last time out, while Maurizio Sarri’s visitors have been among the goals and are at the top of the early-season standings.
After years of service to the national cause, Olivier Giroud was not selected for team France for this month’s World Cup qualifiers, but it may not be long before his return after he bagged a double in Milan’s 4-1 victory over Cagliari at San Siro. fifteen days ago.
After leaving European champions Chelsea in search of more regular football, Giroud made a good impression in the 1-0 win at Sampdoria that opened the Rossoneri’s 2021-22 campaign, then scored the third and fourth in what turned out to be a runaway victory over the Isolani.
Stefano Pioli’s team took the lead with Sandro Tonali’s impressive free-kick, his first goal in Milan before Alessandro Deiola surprisingly tied the score three minutes later. However, it only took them a minute to regain the advantage through Rafael Leao, and then they never looked back.
Having secured the signatures of Tiemoue Bakayoko and former delivery boy Junior Messias, a revelation with Crotone relegated last season, Pioli has apparently moved on from the loss of Gianluigi Donnarumma to Paris St. Germain and intends to build towards another challenge from the Scudetto, after the last mandate attempt failed in the final stages.
There is also a long-awaited return to the Champions League, in addition to the impending league clash with Juventus next weekend. First, however, their hopes of starting a second straight season with three straight wins are sure to be put to the test by Lazio on Sunday.
However, the Rossoneri have lost only one of their last 31 league games at home to the Roman club since 1990, including last year’s 3-2 win at Meazza, so the precedent will certainly be on their side.
‘Sarri-ball’ is alive and well, or so it seems, as Lazio are off to a spectacular start with their new boss, scoring nine goals in their first two league games; a record for the Biancocelesti in Serie A.
Malignant despite lifting trophies at both Chelsea and Juventus, now Maurizio Sarri aims to re-establish his reputation as a defender of the beautiful game while improving the fortunes of a team that lost in the top four last season.
An opening day win over Serie B champions Empoli may have been expected, although the Tuscans then beat Juventus the following week, a 6-1 beating from Spezia certainly drew attention, especially because it occurred shortly after the departure of the precious forward Joaquín Correa to Inter.
Lazio proved they can still thrive without the Argentine international and current coach Simone Inzaghi, who also left Rome this summer, by overcoming an early deficit for the second straight game with a first-half hat-trick from star forward Ciro Immobile.
Despite his international difficulties, the Italian forward has not only returned to the goal path with four goals in his first two league games but has also scored seven goals in 13 games against Milan in Serie A. In addition, his Aquile’s first hat-trick faced them in 2017 and has now scored in each of his last three league games with the Rossoneri.
Having inherited a team that was common among the top four contenders under Inzaghi before finishing last season in sixth place, Sarri’s recruitment has been restricted by financial difficulties at his new club this summer. However, while Immobile remains, so do Lazio’s hopes of success.
With impeccable timing, given a possible shortage of strikers on Sunday, the return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic could come against Lazio. The Swedish superstar can immediately replace Olivier Giroud upfront, as the Frenchman previously contracted COVID-19 and has just returned a negative first test.
If the former Arsenal striker is not ready to return, then Ibrahimovic should have the support of the fit Brahim Diaz, who has flourished since Hakan Calhanoglu left for Inter in the summer.
Influential midfielder Franck Kessie is also back in action after a brief spell on the sidelines with a muscle strain, which means Stefano Pioli has a selection dilemma to solve: he needs to pick one of Rade Krunic, Ismael Bennacer, and Sandro Tonali to associate the Ivorian in the engine room.
Lazio also have two regular first-team players fully recovered and ready to serve at San Siro, as Manuel Lazzari and Luiz Felipe have been approved for the trip to Milan, giving Maurizio Sarri the luxury of having a full squad. to choose.
He is expected to persist with three forwards comprised of Pedro, Felipe Anderson, and top scorer Ciro Immobile, in a familiar 4-3-3 formation.
Mattia Zaccagni, who has already scored two goals in two games for Verona so far this season, should start on the bench, but he will most likely make his debut during the second half.
AC Milan possible starting lineup:
Maignan; Calabria, Kjaer, Tomori, Hernandez; Kessie, Tonali; Saelemaekers, Diaz, Rebic; Ibrahimovic
Lazio possible starting lineup:
Reina; Lazzari, Felipe, Acerbi, Hysaj; Milinkovic-Savic, Leiva, Alberto; Pedro, Immobile, Anderson