AC Milan vs. Monza Match Predictions, Fantasy Football Tips, Team News and Line-ups
Serie A – AC Milan vs. Monza: Following a thrilling victory in England that kept them in the continental tournament, AC Milan will make their Serie A debut on Sunday at San Siro against local rivals Monza.
Although Milan’s victory over Newcastle United did not prolong their Champions League run, it did strengthen their confidence and guarantee their spot in the Europa League playoffs. Despite this, Milan remains behind in the fight for the Italian championship.
Milan’s comeback against Newcastle in the second half on Wednesday was insufficient to advance them to the round of sixteen of the Champions League; in the end, the seven-time European champions were eliminated from UEFA’s premier competition due to Borussia Dortmund’s draw with Paris Saint-Germain.
After falling behind 1-0 at the half, Stefano Pioli’s team rallied behind goals from Christian Pulisic and Samu Chukwueze, thrilling St James’ Park and capping their Group F campaign with a victory. Nevertheless, PSG’s point means they will now have to make do with a spot in the Europa League’s knockout stages.
The Rossoneri have a lot of making up to do during the holiday season when they return to domestic duty. Last week, they were defeated by Atalanta BC despite twice coming back from behind thanks to goals from Olivier Giroud and Luka Jovic.
Local rivals ran out 3-2 winners in Bergamo after Milan gave up in the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time. Milan is currently in third position in the Serie A rankings, nine points behind longtime rivals Inter, with Juventus in between.
A rising number of critics have been levelling criticism at Pioli because his club has lost three of the last seven league games, matching the number of losses from the previous 21 games, and has allowed several late goals.
Only Las Palmas and Nice have given up more goals in the last 30 minutes of play than Milan (61%) in any of Europe’s top five leagues. This should worry the Scudetto winner coach, who is reportedly trying to keep his job.
After losing both of their Serie A matches against Milan in their top-flight debut last season, Monza now look to defeat their Lombardy neighbours for the first time since being promoted.
A tough team to beat in their second year among Italy’s best, Raffaele Palladino’s men may enjoy their chances of at least leaving San Siro with a point given their recent form.
After defeating Genoa last week, the Biancorossi had only lost two of their previous twelve league games, drawing half of them. Those losses came against league leaders Roma and Juventus.
Dany Mota scored in the last moments to seal Monza’s third home win of the campaign, bringing his team much closer to the top six rather than the relegation zone. Mota came off the bench.
As we approach the midway point of Serie A, Monza finds itself comfortably in the middle of the pack. However, a challenging end to 2023 awaits them: following their match against Milan in the second city, they will host Fiorentina before playing Napoli at Stadio Maradona to close out the year.
AC Milan Serie A form:
D L D W W L
AC Milan form (all competitions):
D W L W L W
Monza Serie A form:
D W D D L W
Rafael Leao should also start Sunday’s midday kickoff after being rushed back from injury to play Newcastle in midweek. This will be a huge boost for Milan’s ambitions of maintaining their lead over Italy’s top two.
Over the past two seasons, the Rossoneri have averaged two points per game in Serie A when their Portuguese winger is on the field; when he is off the field, that average reduces to one point, and their victory percentage decreases to 33%.
However, Stefano Pioli remains hindered by an extensive list of injuries, with many defenders out of action once more: Simon Kjaer, Mattia Caldara, Marco Pellegrino, Pierre Kalulu, and Malick Thiaw, in addition to captain Davide Calabria serving a suspension. Alessandro Florenzi is expected to take the latter’s spot at right-back, which will cause a rearrangement in the Rossoneri back four.
First up, Olivier Giroud has scored the most headed goals in Europe’s top five divisions in 2023 (eight), tied with Harry Kane of Bayern Munich. Giroud has scored four goals in his previous four league games, three of which have come from his head.
The much-admired Michele Di Gregorio of Monza, the goalkeeper with the most saves made in Serie A this season (54), will be the man the seasoned Frenchman must overcome.
Di Gregorio, an Inter primavera product, will start behind a team captained by Matteo Pessina and starting striker Lorenzo Colombo, who is loaned out by Milan for the entire season.
The long-term absentee Gianluca Caprari, Armando Izzo, and Samuele Vignato will be away for the Biancorossi manager Raffaele Palladino once more, but he should have a full roster to pick from.
AC Milan possible starting lineup:
Maignan; Florenzi, Tomori, Simic, Hernandez; Musah, Reijnders; Pulisic, Loftus-Cheek, Leao; Giroud
Monza possible starting lineup:
Di Gregorio; D’Ambrosio, Mari, Caldirola; Ciurria, Gagliardini, Pessina, Kyriakopoulos; Colpani, Mota; Colombo
Our Prediction for this match 2-1 won by AC Milan or 1-1 draw