After the last two bitter defeats against Atalanta and Inter, Bologna-Milan is a good chance for the Rossoneri to gain confidence and maintain their leadership in Serie A. Bologna won only one of the last 22 Serie A games against Milan (5 draws and 16 defeats), a 1-0 win at the Meazza in 2016, with Giaccherini’s goal.
Milan are undefeated in the last 14 away games against Bologna (10 victories and 4 draws) and can set a new club record of most consecutive away games with a goal in Serie A (the current record is 19 games, set between March 1992 and April 1993).
On Friday Calhanoglu finally tested negative for Covid but wasn’t selected for the game, therefore Leao will start on his position, with Rebic on the left and Saelemaekers on the right; the Belgian winger scored his first goal in the Rossoneri jersey in July 2020 against the Emiliani, and is the player who played more games without a defeat in Serie A (27). Benncaer is now available but will start from the bench, while Tonali is going to play alongside Kessie. Kjaer, who got injured during the Derby, is out for one week, the newcomer Tomori is going to replace him.
Mihajlovic, who had a 41% of victories on the rossoneri’s bench (Pioli has so far 58%), has chosen to start with Barrow, supported by Sansone, Orsolini and Soriano, who’s going to collect his 200th appearance in Serie A.
Bologna lineup (4-2-3-1): Skorupski; Tomiyasu, Danilo, Soumaro, Dijks; Svanberg, Schouten; Orsolini, Soriano, Sansone; Barrow. Coach: Mihajlovic
Milan lineup (4-2-3-1): G. Donnarumma; Calabria, Tomori, Romagnoli, Theo Hernandez; Tonali, Kessie; Saelemaekers, Rebic, Leao; Ibrahimovic. Coach: Pioli