AC Milan, chasing a Champions League spot, will travel to the Stadio Artemio Franchi to face 12th-placed Fiorentina on Saturday at 19:45 GMT.
Milan have won their last three outings in Serie A and will be looking to retain and extend their good form with a win away to Fiorentina.
Fiorentina will be looking to make it two consecutive wins in Serie A to effectively bounce back from a winless run of four matches.
Is this AC Milan’s Upturn in Form?
The defending champions have had a poor season so far as the title is concerned. They are 18 points behind league leaders Napoli who look in imperious form.
However, Stefano Pioli’s men still have much to play for this season, including qualifying for the Champions League next season by finishing in the top four in Serie A.
With this backdrop, the match against Fiorentina this weekend will see Milan attempt to win the fourth consecutive match in Serie A. A win will solidify their hold of a top-four spot and hold out any outside chance of taking advantage if Napoli do slip up.
Fiorentina’s run of Good Results?
After a run of four winless matches in Serie A, Fiorentina finally won a game in convincing style, 0-3, away to Verona.
This win was crucial for Fiorentina, who are currently 12th and outside European places. They will be looking to get the three points against Milan on Saturday to continue their upturn in form as they look to climb into the top half of the table.
Vincenzo Italiano will look to maintain his side’s performances and form in the matches ahead, starting with the home clash against Milan. Consistency will be crucial for them in their bid to get into European places.
Team news coming out of Fiorentina show that Vincenzo Italiano has his entire squad available for selection ahead of the home match against Milan on Saturday.
This will boost the gaffer and Fiorentina as they bid to turn their form around, gain consistency, and get a run of results to propel them into European places in Serie A in the run-in.
Injuries and suspensions will hamper Stefano Pioli’s selection for the clash with Fiorentina. Ismael Bennacer has been nursing a biceps femoris muscle injury since January 30, 2023. The 25-year-old defensive midfielder will be unavailable for the trip to Fiorentina on Saturday.
Milan will also be without right-back Davide Calabria, recovering from hip problems since February 16, 2023. The 26-year-old full-back will mist the math against Fiorentina this weekend.
Milan will also be without two players due to suspension; these include central midfielder Rade Krunic and left winger Rafael Leao for the trip to Fiorentina.
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Fiorentina will play with solidity and compactness; they will close down Milan and make it difficult for their midfielders to boss the game and control the tempo. They will press across the middle and disrupt Milan’s rhythm. They will use transitions to attack the Milan defense.
Milan will look to control possession, the tempo, and the match through patient passing and building from the back. They will look to push Fiorentina back and force them into mistakes in the final third.
AC Milan will win the match and extend their winning run to four consecutive Seri A matches.
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