AC Milan have been the form team in Serie A since the season resumed and they continued their rich vein of form with a rampant 4-1 win over Sampdoria in midweek. Stefano Pioli’s men guaranteed their place in the Europa League qualifying round as they moved onto 63 points in 6th, four points clear of Napoli. As for Cagliari they secured just their third win of the resumed campaign by defeating none other than the champions Juventus 2-0 and were good for their win. That victory leaves Walter Zenga’s side in 13th and with a win over Milan they could finish as high as 10th.
Milan have been on a resurgent run ever since the league resumed and have capitalised on Napoli’s inconsistent form to take the final Europa League spot. The Rossoneri are unbeaten in their 11 games since June winning eight of their games as well as four of their last five in Serie A. Milan have scored 15 goals across their last five matches but are without a clean sheet in seven and from their five home games since the season restarted they have only played one without conceding.
As for the visitors they ended an eight-game winless run with a shock victory over the champions Juventus on Wednesday. Having lost three of their last four matches the Sardinians claimed three points to take their total to 45 for the season which is four points better than their overall tally from last year. Away from home Cagliari have only won four of their 18 away games whilst drawing a joint-league high of eight matches on the road. Away from home they have won just one of their six games since the league returned whilst losing each of their last two.
Zlatan Ibrahimović has been banging them in of late and his goals have contributed to Milan’s fine form and their ultimate Europa League qualification. I’m expecting the big Swede to continue his scoring form and fire the hosts to another win. Cagliari have struggled on the road this season and I’m expecting a Milan win here with a –1 handicap. (Milan to win by two goals or more.)