Preview - Atalanta vs AC Milan 13 May 18

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Match Day 37
Atalanta vs AC Milan
Sunday, May 13th, 2018
01:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia

Last five matches form: D W W W D
Average goals per match: 1.56
Average goals against per match: 1.03
Top Scorer: Josip Ilicic (11)

AC Milan:
Last five matches form: D L W W L
Average goals per match: 1.39
Average goals against per match: 1.11
Top Scorer: Patrick Cutrone ( 8 )

Europa League qualification is top of the agenda on Match Day 37 in Serie A as Atalanta play host to AC Milan.

Sixth placed AC will be going straight into the Europa League proper as things stand, whilst seventh placed Atalanta are currently booked for the qualification round. With Fiorentina breathing down their necks in eighth position though and AC Milan playing host to La Viola next weekend, its all still to play for.

A win for either side would ensure they will at least make the qualification round. A draw would leave Atalanta in the position of having to beat Cagliari away from home on the final day - assuming Fiorentina beat Cagliari this weekend.

Left sided midfielder Leonardo Spinazzola and front man Andrea Petagna are the main absentees for the home side.

Andrea Conti is out for AC Milan, who also await news on the fitness of Lucas Biglia.

AC Milan may have ultimately lost 4-0 to Juventus in the Coppa Italia final last week, but they were never really outclassed despite the final score line. At least two of the goals they conceded were freak goals really and we fancv Gennaro Gattuso's men to bounce back here against an Atalanta side who have been solid but not unbeatable on their own patch.

AC have lost only one of their last nine away from home in Serie A and may just pinch this.

 Prediction: Atalanta 1 - 2 AC Milan


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots:  24 - 5
Shots on target: 5 - 2
Corner Kicks: 3 - 8
Possession: 48% - 52%

Both sides were certainly up for this one in what was an at times brutal encounter. A fact well illustrated by the referee's notebook.

Marco Guida issuing yellow cards to Andrea Masiello, Marten De Roon, Robin Gosens and Josip Ilicic for Atalanta, who also had Rafael Toloi sent off for two bookable offences.

Milan were just as bad. Ignazio Abate, Nikola Kalinic, Hakan Calhanoglu, Alessio Romagnoli, Fabio Borino and Gianluigi Donnarumma all being booked in addition to Riccardo Montolivo receiving a straight red card.

Atalanta were much the better side for the majority of this contest and would have been incredibly unlucky to come away with nothing. It did look as though they would be made to pay for missing two or three sitters though, until a late, late equaliser.

It was Milan who took the lead in the 60th minute. A smart back heel from Franck Yannick Kessie seeing Milan break onto the edge of the Atalanta area. Play broke down but only as far as Kessie around 25 yards from goal who powered a blistering drive into the bottom left corner.

Then came the red cards. Toloi as a result of a second yellow for abusing the referee and Montolivo's for a knee high, two footed, studs up challenge.

It looked as though the visitors would hang on to what would have been a classic smash and grab raid, until the second minute of stoppage time.

Excellent cross from Ilicic to find Andrea Masiello peeling off his marker at the far post. Donnarumma did get both hands to his header but couldn't keep it out. 1-1 final score.

With Fiorentina losing at home to Cagliari, a point is enough to secure Milan's Europa League place. Barring a remarkable turnaround in goal difference, Atalanta also seem certain to make it.

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