Match Time: 20:45 Italy time, GMT+1
Match Location: Stadio Renato Dall’Ara, Bologna
In the 15th round of Serie A, Milan plays the second consecutive away game in the league and this time it will be against Mihalovic’s Bologna. Milan is trying to gain momentum under Pioli who managed to give his side strong tactics and character every week. He bought himself time where the fans were not happy after appointing him as head coach for the team but the satisfying performance will not be enough as Milan stands 11th at the table currently. On the other hand, Bologna is having a relatively good season being hard to defeat. Bologna has lost of 1 goal difference against Juventus, Cagliari, and Inter. And also managed to beat Napoli in San Paolo. Standing 12th at the table with only 1 point difference, it will be a very difficult game for both sides.
What helped to keep Pioli out of trouble is his convincing selection for the starting XI every week. However, his selection lately may put him under pressure again. The first decision is playing Kessie. He played in the previous week against Parma and didn’t get to the expectations and the fans and wondering why playing him and keeping Krunic, who has been very effective lately, on the bench. The second decision is Piatek. Milan’s number nine is struggling to score and helping the team to build up. The fans seem to prefer Leao to start over him and to find a solution in January, especially after the rumors of Zlatan Ibrahimovic returning to the team.
GOALKEEPRS: Donnarumma, Donnarumma, Reia
DEFENDERS: Calabria, Conti, Rodriguez, Gabbia, Hernandez, Musacchio, Romagnoli
MIDFIELDERS: Bennacer, Biglia, Calhanoglu, Kessie, Krunic, Paqueta, Bonaventura
ATTACKERS: Borini, Castillejo, Leao, Piatek, Rebic, Suso
Probable line-ups according to GDS
Milan (4-3-3): Donnarumma; Conti, Musacchio, Romagnoli, Hernandez; Kessie, Bennacer, Bonaventura; Suso, Piatek, Calhanoglu
Bologna (4-2-3-1): Skorupski; Tomiyasu, Bani, Danilo, Denswil; Schouten, Poli; Skov Olsen, Svanberg, Sansone; Palacio