Preview - AC Milan vs Sassuolo 9 April 2018

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Match Day 31
AC Milan vs Sassuolo
Monday, April 9th, 2018
03:45 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: San Siro Stadium

AC Milan: 
Last five matches form: W L W L D
Average goals per match: 1.40
Average goals against per match: 1.17
Top Scorer: Patrick Cutrone (7)

Last five matches form: L D W D D
Average goals per match: 0.67
Average goals against per match: 1.67
Top Scorer: Matteo Politano (4)

AC Milan welcome Sassuolo to the San Siro in the last of the Match Day 31 fixtures, and as with many games at this time of the season, these two have very different goals for the remainder of the campaign.

AC Milan currently occupy the sixth and final European qualifying spot, but with Sampdoria, Atalanta and Fiorentina stacking up in behind they can't afford any slip ups on the run in.

It is the opposite end of the table which is the focus of Sassuolo's attention. Currently sitting in 15th position, they are five points clear of the relegation spots at present but will be keen to secure their safety sooner rather than later.

No real injury concerns for the home side who welcome Lucas Biglia back into the midfield. Sassuolo's discipline let them down in midweek and as a consequence they will be without both Claud Adjapong and Francesco Magnanelli through suspension.

There's no secret as to where Sassuolo's problems lie. They simply don't score enough goals, amassing a paltry 20 in their 30 Serie A outings this season.

AC Milan have been pretty solid at home of late, winning five of their last seven. The return of Biglia combined with Magnanelli being missing for Sassuolo looks to give the home side the edge in midfield and we expect to see Milan make that advantage count. They won the reverse 2-0 earlier in the season and may repeat the trick here.

Prediction: AC Milan 2 - 0 Sassuolo


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots: 22 - 8
Shots on target: 8 - 3
Corner Kicks: 12 - 3
Possession: 78% - 22%

Franck Yannick Kessie, Mateo Pablo Musacchio and Leonadro Bonucci were booked for Milan. Rogero and Luca Mazzitelli were the Sassuolo players to have their names taken by referee Luca Pairetto.

The picture painted by the above stats is a true one. This was all AC Milan. It looked for all the world that the home side would take the lead in just the third minute. Kessie having a simple task to finish from around two yards out, only to see his chested effort clawed off the line by Andrea Consigli.

Consigli was having an inspired afternoon, palming shots from near and far to safety. 0-0 at the break.

Then in the 75th minute - to the disbelief of the home fans - Sassuolo took the lead. Luca Mazzitelli heading the ball forward and Matteo Politano latching onto it on the edge of the area before producing a laser like strike right into the bottom corner past a full stretch Gianluigi Donnarumma. Excellent finish.

Milan did get their equaliser, and it came in the 86th minute. Mateo Pablo Musacchio clipping the ball in to Nikola Kalinic in the box. The big forward expertly brought the ball down whilst spinning his man before smashing in via the cross bar. A fine finish. 1-1 final score.

A massively disappointing result for Milan this one, particularly having dominated the game to such an extent. Champions League qualification only looked a remote possibility anyway but is surely out of reach now. They sit in sixth position and now eight points adrift of fourth placed Roma with just seven games remaining. Indeed, with Fiorentina now closing to within two points, any further slip ups may see Milan miss out on the European places entirely.

Sassuolo remain involved in the relegation battle, sitting in 14th but just three points clear of the drop zone. This however must go down as a bonus point as most supporters wouldn't have expected them to get anything here.

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