Preview - Cagliari vs AC Milan 22 Jan

Started by Bensergi, Jan 21, 2018, 09:18 PM

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Cagliari vs AC Milan

2018 has been kind to AC Milan, and the fallen Italian giants will be hoping to build on it when they visit Cagliari.

The Rossoneri edged Crotone 1-0 a fortnight ago, but Cagliari, who are eight points behind them are veering out of course.

They lost their only 2018 game at home to Juventus, but it is their form towards last year which is worrying, where they picked up just five points from six games.

Milan are aiming to carve out back-to-back wins for the first time since September, and will be pleased to know that Cagliari head coach Diego Lopez has never beaten Milan in three attempts whilst in charge of both Cagliari and Palermo.

New signing Leandro Castan will be looking for a start after leaving Roma but could be left out by Luis Diego Lopez in favour of Fabio Pisacane, Luca Ceppitelli and Filippo Romagna.

Joao Pedro is unavailable through suspension, so Diego Farias will continue up front alongside Leonardo Pavoletti.

Andrea Conti, who has played just two league games for Milan this season, remains out through injury, but aside from the Italian's absence Gattuso has a full squad to choose from.

Prediction: Cagliari 1-2 AC Milan


Match Stats:

  • Cagliari 1-2 AC Milan
  • Shots: 9-15
  • Possession: 50%-50%
  • Corner kicks: 5-8

 AC Milan had to come from behind as Franck Kessie's brace sank lowly Cagliari in Serie A on Sunday.

Franck Kessie scored twice as AC Milan earned a comeback 2-1 win at lowly Cagliari in a match that both teams finished with 10 men.

Despite spending heavily during the previous transfer window, the Rossoneri endured a desperately disappointing first half of the campaign which led to the dismissal of Vincenzo Montella in November.

Gennaro Gattuso has endured mixed results since taking over and it looked like being another bad day at the office when Cagliari opened the scoring after Gianluigi Donnarumma failed to keep out a weak Nicolo Barella effort.

Donnarumma made up for that misjudgement to deny Diego Farias and Kessie - one of Milan's pre-season arrivals who has struggled to hit top form - levelled proceedings from the penalty spot after Luca Ceppitelli fouled Nikola Kalinic.

Kessie completed the turnaround on the stroke of half-time, but the visitors had to see it out the hard way when Ricardo Rodriguez was dismissed for a second bookable offence 10 minutes from time.

However, Barella also saw red in the closing stages as Milan earned back-to-back wins in Serie A for the first time since September to climb from 10th to seventh in the table.

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