Relegation-threatened Cagliari will host league leaders AC Milan in Serie A on Saturday night time.
One of the three league matches that Leonardo Semplici watched this season earlier than he began in September was a 4-1 stoppage within the palms of Milan. His alternative Walter Mazzarri has presided over a mini-turn this calendar 12 months, although Cagliari is just three factors above the drop zone.
Milan began 2022 4 factors behind Inter however enter the weekend’s motion peak within the desk, with the title in their very own palms when the season enters its ultimate stage.
Here’s all it is advisable learn about a gathering between two groups with wildly contrasting ambitions.
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When is kick off? Saturday 19 March, 19:45 (GMT)Where is the match performed? Unipol DomusTV channel / livestream? BT Sport ESPN (UK), Paramount + (USA)Highlights? BT Sport & Serie A YouTubeJudge? TBCWHERE? TBC
Cagliari have fired two coaches since Marko Rog’s most up-to-date look for the membership / Alessandro Sabattini / GettyImages
Successive ACL fractures have prevented the unlucky Marko Rog from making an look since December 2020. Midfielders Nahitan Nandez and Kevin Strootman have additionally suffered knee accidents (however much less critical).
The solely look that Damir Ceter has made this season was towards Milan in August, however the 24-year-old just isn’t anticipated to be with us once more this weekend.
Polish Under-21 worldwide Sebastian Walukiewicz completes the well-stocked damage equipment after being sidelined since September with a hip downside.
Tiemoue Bakayoko on mortgage from Chelsea in Milan / Alessandro Sabattini / GettyImages
Milan’s renewed title tilt this season has been underpinned by a extra well-rounded squad in comparison with earlier campaigns. Stefano Pioli has an virtually full praise to select from this weekend, with Tiemoue Bakayoko probably not again from a muscle damage.
40 years younger, Zlatan Ibrahimovic could also be in line for his first begin since January after shaking off a downside along with his hamstring. The looting left-back Theo Hernandez is anticipated to return after serving a suspension final weekend.
Cagliari has a constantly abysmal document towards Milan. Since 1998 – a 12 months earlier than Milan’s present high scorer Rafael Leao was born – the Sardinian swimsuit has received just one Serie A match towards Rossoneri (D8 L27).
The lone victory got here as late as May 2017 – by way of a winner within the ninetieth minute as Fabio Pisacane did. Mazzarri shall be the sixth different participant in Cagliari to face Milan since Diego Lopez oversaw that victory.
Cagliari have had a little bit of unhealthy luck at each ends of the pitch this season – they’re in 14th place for anticipated targets with out penalties for and towards (in keeping with FBref) however are in the damaging place as seventeenth.
As just lately as February, Milan misplaced factors towards considered one of the three groups underneath Cagliari within the desk (2-2 towards Salernitana). Rossoneri have gone seven Serie A matches unbeaten however just one objective – at most – has separated themselves and their opponents on this race.
In what may very well be one other tight competitors, Milan can have the benefit.
Prediction: Cagliari 0-1 Milan