Probable line-ups: Milan-Atalanta and Cagliari-Inter

League leaders Milan could secure the Scudetto with a win over Atalanta today if second place challengers Inter don’t win away against relegation candidates Cagliari.

The match between Milan and Atalanta kicks off at 17.00 UK time, with the game between Cagliari and Inter kicking off later at 19.45.

Stefano Pioli has a healthy Milan squad available to him for this evening’s tense clash as only Simon Kjaer is unavailable due to injury.

Gian Piero Gasperini has to deal with a few more injuries for the match; Giuseppe Pezzella, Josip Ilicic and Rafael Toloi are all unavailable for Atalanta.

Looking over to Sardinia, Nahitan Nandez has been ruled out for Cagliari’s match against Inter due to a thigh problem. Boris Radunović is also unavailable due to suspension.

Simone Inzaghi will be feeling prepared for the must-win battle in Sardinia, with only Matias Vecino sidelined with injury.

Probable line-ups

Milan vs Atalanta:

Milan (4-2-3-1): Maignan; Calabria, Kalulu, Tomori, Theo Hernandez; Tonali, Bennacer; Messias, Kessié, Leao; Giroud.

Atalanta (3-4-1-2): Musso; Djimsiti, Demiral, Palomino; Hateboer, de Roon, Freuler, Zappacosta; Pasalic, Koopmeiners; Muriel.

Cagliari vs Inter:

Cagliari (3-5-2): Cragno; Ceppitelli, Lovato, Altare; Bellanova, Marin, Grassi, Rog, Lykogiannis; Joao Pedro, Pavoletti.

Inter (3-5-2): Handanovic; Skriniar, de Vrij, Bastoni; Dumfries, Barella, Brozovic, Calhanoglu, Perisic; Dzeko, Lautaro.

Probable line-ups: Milan-Atalanta and Cagliari-Inter

League leaders Milan could secure the Scudetto with a win over Atalanta today if second place challengers Inter don’t win away against relegation candidates Cagliari.

The match between Milan and Atalanta kicks off at 17.00 UK time, with the game between Cagliari and Inter kicking off later at 19.45.

Stefano Pioli has a healthy Milan squad available to him for this evening’s tense clash as only Simon Kjaer is unavailable due to injury.

Gian Piero Gasperini has to deal with a few more injuries for the match; Giuseppe Pezzella, Josip Ilicic and Rafael Toloi are all unavailable for Atalanta.

Looking over to Sardinia, Nahitan Nandez has been ruled out for Cagliari’s match against Inter due to a thigh problem. Boris Radunović is also unavailable due to suspension.

Simone Inzaghi will be feeling prepared for the must-win battle in Sardinia, with only Matias Vecino sidelined with injury.

Probable line-ups

Milan vs Atalanta:

Milan (4-2-3-1): Maignan; Calabria, Kalulu, Tomori, Theo Hernandez; Tonali, Bennacer; Messias, Kessié, Leao; Giroud.

Atalanta (3-4-1-2): Musso; Djimsiti, Demiral, Palomino; Hateboer, de Roon, Freuler, Zappacosta; Pasalic, Koopmeiners; Muriel.

Cagliari vs Inter:

Cagliari (3-5-2): Cragno; Ceppitelli, Lovato, Altare; Bellanova, Marin, Grassi, Rog, Lykogiannis; Joao Pedro, Pavoletti.

Inter (3-5-2): Handanovic; Skriniar, de Vrij, Bastoni; Dumfries, Barella, Brozovic, Calhanoglu, Perisic; Dzeko, Lautaro.

Milan vs. Atalanta Predictions & Betting Tips

These Milan vs. Atalanta predictions for the penultimate match of the season see the Rossoneri looking to preserve their Scudetto hopes. The visitors are in solid form, however, and will provide a stern test for the league leaders.

Milan vs. Atalanta odds

1 – Milan to win – 4/5

2 – Both teams to score – 9/16

3 – 1-1 draw – 7/1

4 – Over 2.5 goals scored – 11/20 

5 – Sandro Tonali to score anytime – 15/2

Milan welcome Atalanta to San Siro this weekend looking to retain pole position in the Serie A title race. Stefano Pioli’s side kick off a little under three hours before fellow Scudetto contenders Inter and a win would provide the perfect opportunity to pile the pressure onto their city rivals. 

Unfortunately for the Rossoneri, Sunday’s opponents are unlikely to roll over for their title bid. Atalanta appear to have eventually found some consistency in recent weeks and travel to San Siro unbeaten in their last four Serie A fixtures, despite a number of injury concerns. 

However, the hosts remain favourites to take three vital points, having shown fantastic mentality to come back from behind against a strong Verona side on Monday evening. Milan have shown time and time again this season that they are able to pull off wins when it matters most and Sunday should be no different. 

That is not to say that the arrival of La Dea will be easy for Pioli’s side. Recent encounters between the two clubs have seen the spoils shared relatively evenly, with two wins each and a draw in their last five meetings. As a result, a similarly close match can reasonably be expected on Sunday, with a bet on both teams to score likely to pay out. 

Despite Milan’s status as favourites, it would come as no surprise to see the match end in a draw, with 1-1 the most likely scoreline in this eventuality. A point against Atalanta would by no means end the Diavolo’s title hopes, but would mean they’d require a win away to Sassuolo in the final game of the season to secure the Scudetto. 

The match at San Siro should be a good one for the neutral, as in addition to the title connotations, the sides tend to provide high-scoring fixtures. Four of the last six meetings have finished with over 2.5 goals scored, with just one of Atalanta’s last seven matches seeing fewer than three goals. A wager on over 2.5 goals is likely to pay off on Sunday. 

Although the hosts boast the likes of Olivier Giroud, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Rafael Leao in attack, our final tip is for Sandro Tonali to get on the scoresheet for Milan. The midfielder has found his shooting boots at just the right moment, with three goals in his last three games. 

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Milan vs. Atalanta last five matches

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Milan vs. Atalanta line-ups

Milan (4-2-3-1): Maignan; Calabria, Kalulu, Tomori, Hernandez; Tonali, Kessie; Messias, Diaz, Messias; Giroud.

Atalanta (3-4-2-1): Musso; De Roon, Palomino, Djimsiti; Maehle, Koopmeiners, Freuler, Zappacosta; Malinovsky, Pasalic; Muriel.

Milan team news

Few changes are expected from Stefano Pioli ahead of Sunday’s match, with Simon Kjaer the only injury absentee. Rade Krunic put in a strong performance in an advanced midfield role last time out, so may feel hard done by should Brahim Diaz return in that position. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is also back to full fitness and may have a part to play, although is unlikely to start over Olivier Giroud. 

Atalanta team news

Injuries to Rafael Toloi and Giuseppe Pezzella could see Martin de Roon start in defence again, although Merih Demiral is likely to be drafted back in. Duvan Zapata missed last weekend’s win over Spezia and is in a race to return to fitness for the trip to Milan. 

Gollini set for Serie A return after Tottenham loan

Pierluigi Gollini is expected to return to Serie A in the summer, with Lazio and Torino interested in securing his services.

The Italy international has only managed 10 appearances while on loan at Tottenham this season, failing to make his Premier League debut.

The 27-year-old moved to North London on loan from Atalanta last summer and Spurs would have made his transfer permanent after his 20th match for the club. It is now impossible for Gollini to reach as many appearances, so his return to Italy is on the cards.

However, Atalanta are unlikely to keep hold of him, considering that they signed Juan Musso less than a year ago and that the Argentina international has proved to be worth every penny invested in signing him.

Torino and Lazio have emerged as possible options for Gollini who has a contract until 2024 in Bergamo.

Lazio will see Thomas Strakosha and Pepe Reina leave the club, while Torino want a new man between the sticks in 2022-23 after the disappointing performances of Vanja Milinkovic-Savic this term. Etrit Berisha is expected to remain at the club as a second-choice goalkeeper. According to Tuttosport, Alessio Cragno and Alex Meret are also on the Granata’s agenda.

Gollini set for Serie A return after Tottenham loan

Pierluigi Gollini is expected to return to Serie A in the summer, with Lazio and Torino interested in securing his services.

The Italy international has only managed 10 appearances while on loan at Tottenham this season, failing to make his Premier League debut.

The 27-year-old moved to North London on loan from Atalanta last summer and Spurs would have made his transfer permanent after his 20th match for the club. It is now impossible for Gollini to reach as many appearances, so his return to Italy is on the cards.

However, Atalanta are unlikely to keep hold of him, considering that they signed Juan Musso less than a year ago and that the Argentina international has proved to be worth every penny invested in signing him.

Torino and Lazio have emerged as possible options for Gollini who has a contract until 2024 in Bergamo.

Lazio will see Thomas Strakosha and Pepe Reina leave the club, while Torino want a new man between the sticks in 2022-23 after the disappointing performances of Vanja Milinkovic-Savic this term. Etrit Berisha is expected to remain at the club as a second-choice goalkeeper. According to Tuttosport, Alessio Cragno and Alex Meret are also on the Granata’s agenda.

Atalanta consider options should Gasperini go

Following Gian Piero Gasperini’s confession that ‘things have changed’ at Atalanta with new owners, Ivan Juric and Igor Tudor are emerging as possible replacements for next season.

Gasp was the symbol over six years of a complete revamp of the squad, which went from relegation candidates to regulars in the Champions League.

They reached the Europa League quarter-final this term and the Coppa Italia Final last season, but the arrival of co-owner Stephen Pagliuca to buy up circa 50 per cent of the club from the Percassi family promises the start of a new era.

It is not yet clear whether Gasperini will be a part of it, as he himself confessed to DAZN after yesterday’s 3-1 win away to Spezia.

“I am very fond of this club and these fans, I signed a contract in November, but clearly things have changed and it depends on the club, what they decide.

“We have never talked about it, I am open to any option. If we go forward like this, I will continue with enthusiasm.”

If Gasperini does part company with Atalanta, the replacements would also probably be within Serie A and of a similar tactical credo.

According to Tuttomercatoweb, the candidates include current Torino boss Juric, who was Gasperini’s player at Genoa and assistant manager for a while, effectively his student.

Another would be Tudor, who has done so well since taking over Hellas Verona just a month into the season.

Maldini: ‘Pressure is on, but Milan can handle it’

Paolo Maldini admits the pressure is on Milan going into the final two rounds, but they proved with the comeback win against Verona that they ‘can handle it.’

The Rossoneri retained their two-point lead at the top of the table with this evening’s 3-1 victory at the Stadio Bentegodi.

Marco Davide Faraoni had put Hellas in front, but a pair of Sandro Tonali goals on Rafael Leao assists and Alessandro Florenzi off the bench sealed it.

“With so much enthusiasm around us, the important thing now is to try to give a sense of calm,” the technical director told Milan TV.

“It was a match, unlike the one against Lazio, where we started very strong and dominated for the first 20-25 minutes, seeing a goal ruled marginally offside.

“If you go behind in that situation and you are not ready, it can spark a crisis. When there are so few matches left and you can see the finish line, if the team isn’t sufficiently mature to react in the right way, they could lose their heads.

“I really have to congratulate the lads, they did everything that was asked of them, including those who came in off the bench.”

Milan will be the Champions of Italy if they pick up at least four points in the remaining two games, at home to Atalanta and away to Sassuolo. Do they feel close?

“We are close because there are only two rounds left. These are not easy games, but neither was the one we played this evening,” added Maldini.

“I watched Atalanta today, they are alive and kicking, still challenging for Europe and full of top level players. We are playing at San Siro, a packed house.

“There will be a lot of pressure on us, but we can handle it.”

Maldini: ‘Pressure is on, but Milan can handle it’

Paolo Maldini admits the pressure is on Milan going into the final two rounds, but they proved with the comeback win against Verona that they ‘can handle it.’

The Rossoneri retained their two-point lead at the top of the table with this evening’s 3-1 victory at the Stadio Bentegodi.

Marco Davide Faraoni had put Hellas in front, but a pair of Sandro Tonali goals on Rafael Leao assists and Alessandro Florenzi off the bench sealed it.

“With so much enthusiasm around us, the important thing now is to try to give a sense of calm,” the technical director told Milan TV.

“It was a match, unlike the one against Lazio, where we started very strong and dominated for the first 20-25 minutes, seeing a goal ruled marginally offside.

“If you go behind in that situation and you are not ready, it can spark a crisis. When there are so few matches left and you can see the finish line, if the team isn’t sufficiently mature to react in the right way, they could lose their heads.

“I really have to congratulate the lads, they did everything that was asked of them, including those who came in off the bench.”

Milan will be the Champions of Italy if they pick up at least four points in the remaining two games, at home to Atalanta and away to Sassuolo. Do they feel close?

“We are close because there are only two rounds left. These are not easy games, but neither was the one we played this evening,” added Maldini.

“I watched Atalanta today, they are alive and kicking, still challenging for Europe and full of top level players. We are playing at San Siro, a packed house.

“There will be a lot of pressure on us, but we can handle it.”

Florenzi: ‘Milan must focus on this moment’

Alessandro Florenzi warns Milan must not get ahead of themselves in the Scudetto race after beating Verona 3-1. ‘Focus on the here and now, what we need to do in this moment.’

Sandro Tonali had an early goal ruled offside, then scored twice to turn around the Marco Davide Faraoni opener, before Florenzi came off the bench to net an angled drive.

Tonali is the first player in Milan’s history to score two goals on his birthday, as he gave himself the ideal gift for his 22nd.

Serie A | Verona 1-3 Milan: Birthday boy Tonali conquers the Bentegodi

It also retains their two-point lead at the top of the table ahead of rivals Inter and puts Milan on 80 points for the first time since they won the Scudetto in 2011-12.

“This victory says a lot about this squad, but not everything, because the job is yet to be completed,” Florenzi told DAZN.

“We must enjoy this evening, because we deserve that, but from tomorrow start studying Atalanta carefully, because they are a great team and having a strong season.

“I think those who work deserve something in return. Over the last month, I’ve been working morning, noon and night, sacrificing my time with those who love me, so I could get back for the end of the season.

“I said before the game, there are many lads here who look like they’ve been Serie A veterans, but it’s their first or second season. I came into a group that was already full of great talents and they had people capable of giving them that balance.”

Milan will be the Champions of Italy if they pick up four points in their remaining two Serie A games.

“We mustn’t think about the future, only the present. Let’s not imagine what happens if they draw, if we win, it’s not going to get us far. We have to focus on the moment we are in right now. It is the moment to push hard, play with intensity, aggression, the way we did this evening. Keep focused on the next target, Atalanta.”

Florenzi was asked if he had seen many other groups with such unity as this Milan?

“Not one this young, no.”

Pioli defines Tonali strengths and Milan belief in Scudetto

Stefano Pioli describes Sandro Tonali’s strengths, how unpicking Verona tactically could be used against Atalanta and how Milan developed their ‘courage and belief’ in the Scudetto dream.

It was a rough start at the Bentegodi when Tonali’s opener was ruled offside and Marco Davide Faraoni instead put Verona in front.

However, Tonali got on the end of another two Rafael Leao assists and Alessandro Florenzi came off the bench to seal the 3-1 victory.

Serie A | Verona 1-3 Milan: Birthday boy Tonali conquers the Bentegodi

“I am in love with my players, because I see the effort they put in every day, I know the journey we’ve been on. There’s another very tough one coming up, so we’re satisfied yes, but already need to find concentration for the next,” Pioli told DAZN.

This allows the Rossoneri to retain their two-point lead at the top of the table over Inter, and is their 10th victory of the season coming back from a trailing situation.

“Courage and belief come from your experience and your performances. For example, not taking the lead after 25 minutes, we didn’t feel anxious, because we knew that we were playing well and kept that spirit going to the end.

“This squad has step by step climbed the ladder, we’ve got to keep this concentration, determination and belief going for the final two games.”

Theo Hernandez was cutting inside more than usual, is that to counter Verona’s three-man defence and could it be used again with Atalanta next week?

“I think we played one of our best performances for 70-80 minutes against Atalanta last time, but they are one of the best squads in the league. They have a similar tactical approach to Verona, so it’s important to find the right characteristics within our squad to neutralise those strengths.”

Tonali had the best performance of his career, scoring two goals and having a third chalked offside, all on his 22nd birthday.

“He is young, but so strong. I said after two days of pre-season training, he was completely different to last term. These are young lads, many of us are experiencing this level for the first time and doing it in the right way, but we haven’t achieved anything yet.

“When coaches say it takes time to build a team, we also mean just getting to know our players and finding those characteristics that can be used. When we have two midfielders, we can attack more down the wings, whereas like this we can allow Tonali to surge forward and use the way he times those runs.

“The first day, I asked Sandro what his ideal position was, he said ‘people compare me to Andrea Pirlo, but I consider myself more of a Gennaro Gattuso.’ I think if we add in Daniele De Rossi to that mix, that completes him.”

Milan take on Atalanta next and this is a special fixture for Pioli and the Rossoneri.

“We are in the final stages. I think this Milan was born during the horrible, humiliating 5-0 defeat to Atalanta. That was when we realised what was needed to develop this team. It was one of the most negative moments of my career, but also one of the most valuable.”