Match Preview: Cagliari-Milan 18-01-21

Updated: Jan 30, 2021

The double success against Torino gave Milan three important points and the chance to play Inter in the Coppa Italia quarter finals on the 27th January. The Rossoneri have now to face Cagliari in the Monday night game, an important opportunity to gain points over the pursuers, with Lazio-Roma and Inter-Juventus scheduled for this weekend.

Milan is the team that has beaten Cagliari the most in Serie A, 42 times in 76 games (Cagliari won 8 games, 26 draws). The Sardinians have only won one of the last 16 home games against Milan, while the Rossoneri have kept a clean sheet in the last three Serie A games.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will start his first Serie A match after the injury occurred in November. The Swede has scored in his last six Serie A games against Cagliari and is focused to maintain this streak, with Leao (suspended) and Rebic absent. Saelemaekers and Bennacer are trying their best to play, but they will probably watch the whole game from the bench. Calhanoglu and Theo didn’t take part to Friday’s training, probably because of a possible positivity to the Coronavirus, but the whole team (except for Rebic and Krunic) tested negative, and the two will take part in the game.

On the other side, Cagliari are not living a good moment and arrive to the match with four consecutive defeats. The newcomer Nainggolan will substitute Nandez (suspended), while Simeone will be at the center of the attack, supported by Joao Pedro. The Brazilian scored in three of the last five Serie A games against Milan, but hasn't scored in the last two.

Cagliari lineup (4-2-3-1): Cragno; Zappa, Godin, Walukiewicz, Lykogiannis; Marin, Nainggolan; Ounas, Joao Pedro, Sottil; Simeone. Coach: Di Francesco

Milan lineup (4-2-3-1): G. Donnarumma; Calabria, Kjaer, Romagnoli, Dalot; Tonali, Kessié; Castillejo, Diaz, Hauge; Ibrahimovic. Coach: Pioli

Referee: Abisso