Italian Serie A match Preview 21 July 2020 Sassuolo vs AC Milan. These are two of the top form teams in Serie A since the lockdown.
Serie A match Preview Sassuolo vs AC Milan
The Neroverdi saw their run of four consecutive wins stalled by a 3-3 thriller with Juventus, but then failed to get more than a point against 10-man Cagliari, proving their focus on possession football and a high press will struggle when faced with an entirely defensive opponent.
It means they have fallen eight points behind Milan and practically out of the running for a Europa League spot.
However, Domenico Berardi, Francesco Magnanelli and Medhi Bourabia were all suspended for that game and return here.
Stefano Pioli earned praise from his players, fans and media for the 5-1 demolition of Bologna, which put the Rossoneri in joint sixth place with Napoli, just two points behind Roma in fifth.
However, the coach is still expected to get the sack in order to bring in Ralf Rangnick at the end of the season.
Milan have been almost unstoppable since the restart, winning six games, drawing 2-2 with SPAL and Napoli.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic loses his temper when he doesn’t score, but helps create the opportunities for his teammates.
Despite only being 21 years old, this will be Gianluigi Donnarumma’s 200th competitive appearance in the Milan jersey and he so far has 72 clean sheets.
Stat fact: Sassuolo have not beaten Milan since a 2-0 home result in March 2016, followed by two draws and five defeats.
Form Guide: Sassuolo (D D W W W) Milan (W W D W W)
Sassuolo (4-2-3-1): Consigli; Muldur, Ferrari, Marlon, Kyriakopoulos; Magnanelli, Locatelli; Berardi, Djuricic, Boga; Caputo
Injured: Romagna, Obiang, Defrel
On a yellow card: Obiang, Peluso, Ferrari, Kyriakopoulos
Milan (4-2-3-1): G Donnarumma; Conti, Kjaer, Romagnoli, Theo Hernandez; Kessie, Bennacer; Saelemaekers, Calhanoglu, Rebic; Ibrahimovic
Injured: Musacchio, Duarte, Castillejo
On a yellow card: Musacchio, Romagnoli, Theo Hernandez, Rebic, Bennacer
Credit: Football Italia