AC Milan’s 2-1 win at Bologna on Sunday kept them in the top seven, and they are still in the hunt for European football. The Rossoneri return to the San Siro for the first time since their 1-0 loss to bottom side Benevento, and they mark that occasion with a step up in quality, against the second from bottom Hellas Verona. Will this be another upset inflicted on Gennaro Gattuso and his side, or are we about to see Milan take a big step towards their place in Europe by securing a victory on Saturday evening?
The hosts can only get better following their loss last time out at home, and their win over Bologna represented progress. As they continue their search for a place in the Europa League, the Rossoneri have to keep their nerve in the final three league matches of the season. On top of that, they have the Coppa Italia final coming up in midweek, as they aim to shock Juventus and claim silverware for themselves. Will this be Gattuso’s warm up for his quest to secure his first trophy at San Siro as a manager, or will his team go in under-cooked?
Given that the Benevento defeat can be marked down as a blip, Milan should have what it takes to grab a victory on Saturday. With meetings with 6th placed Atalanta and 9th placed Fiorentina up next – two sides in the Europa League race – the Rossoneri have to take the points in this one to avoid a difficult end to the campaign.
The visitors should be worried ahead of this trip, given that Milan’s previous visitors here were relegated the day after their trip to San Siro. A loss will send them down to Serie B once again, while even a win might not be enough at this point. It’s hardly anyone’s fault but Verona, having lost seven of their last eight matches ahead of this weekend. We fully expect that awful run to continue, seeing as Verona have lost 12 of their 17 away matches in Serie A so far, including losses to nil away to all of the sides in the European spots.
They’ve not conceded more than three times in any of those visits, while they meet a Milan side who have scored just 1.31 goals per game this season. Given that the hosts have seen under 3.5 goals land in 94% of their home matches, we’re backing a home win and fewer than four goals to be scored in the match, as goal-shy Milan aren’t exactly the kind of team who are about to hand out a hammering to Verona, despite their awful away form.