Today, Milan will host Parma in what will be a battle of 5th place (Milan) versus 6th place (Parma). With two points in-between them, the match will be crucial for both sides.
With a victory, the Rossoneri could potentially leap to 4th place over Lazio (if the Roman side draw or lose their 14th round match). Attaining a position in one of the league’s coveted Champions League Spots; a competition they haven’t competed in since the 2013-14 season. In which they made it to the Round of 16, losing to Atletico Madrid.
The Red Devil’s are looking to revive the league form they had earlier this month, when they won 3 straight against Sampdoria, Genoa, and Udinese. Since then, they’ve lost to league leaders Juventus and drew against Lazio.
With the prolific 5-2 victoy against Dudelange in the Europa League a few days ago, Coach Rino Gattuso would love to see some of that offensive firepower transition to the pitch again today.
Parma have returned to the Serie A on a mission, holding the 6th place in the table after spending 3 years out of Italy’s top league due to financial problems.
Meanwhile, the other recently promoted teams aren’t competing nearly as high; with Empoli and Frosinone sitting at 16th and 19th place respectively.
Despite finding success, Parma are having difficult finding the back of the net. The Crociati are the lowest scoring side in the top-half of the league table, and will surely need to step their attacking game up in order to get past Lord Zapata and the sure hands of Gigi.
Probable Line-ups (not confirmed):
Milan (3-5-1-1): Donnarumma, Rodriguez, Zapata, Abate, Laxalt, Calhonoglu, Bakayoko, Kessie, Calabria, Suso, and Cutrone.
With Higuain suspended, Patrick Cutrone will be depended upon to come through for the team. Hopefully Suso can contribute another world-class performance to his incredible season so far. The Spaniard leads the Serie A in assists (8) over Cristiano Ronaldo (5), and would love to add to that tally by giving Cutrone chances to pull out his new mask celebration.
Parma (4-3-3): Sepe, Gagliolo, Bastoni, Alves, Iacoponi, Grassi, Scozzarella, Barilla, Siligardi, Inglese, and Gervinho.
Roberto D’Aversa will be asking a lot out of his starters, particularly the front three. Gervinho has been instrumental to the side so far this season, scoring 5 goals in 9 appearances and giving the Blue and Yellow some needed attacking creativity. Striker Roberto Inglese will be looking to prove something, as his hunger for goals only grows bigger having scored only 3 goals in 10 matches.
The match will be held at the San Siro, 6:30 A.M. Eastern US and 12:30 P.M. GMT + 1.