Match Preview: Hellas Verona-Milan, 07-03-2021

The draw against Udinese is the result of the bad period that Milan is living, where luck doesn’t seem to help us. The many injuries that occurred to our players, are affecting our competitiveness, making the next games even more difficult. The away trip to Verona is only the first of the next challenging games, where Milan will face Manchester United, Napoli and Fiorentina; after them there will be the international break that give some rest to Pioli’s squad.

Hellas comes from two victories and two draws in the last four games, including last Saturday's home draw for 1-1 against Juventus. In the last four home games the Veneti gained 10 points, but they gained only one in the previous four. Milan and Verona tied the last two games (1-1 and 2-2), but the last draw in Verona between the two clubs dates back to December 2000. Last season the Rossoneri won thanks to a penalty scored by Piantek. Hellas and Milan also share an unpleasant record: they are the two sides in Serie A who hit the post the most, 16. Only Lyon and PSG did better in the Top-5 european leagues, hitting 19 posts.

Three main doubts for Pioli before the match: Tomori or Romagnoli, Diaz or Krunic and Tonali or Meite? Despite the good performance, and save, against Udinese, our captain could leave his place to Tomori, who is showing his best lately. Diaz is probably going to start behind Leao, but Pioli is also thinking about Krunic in that position. Tonali should be fully recovered and ready to play, in case he won’t be able to play, Meite will take his place. Still out is Calhanoglu, who will have a medical evaluation on Monday, to understand if he’ll play on Thursday in Manchester.

Juric hopes to maintain his series of good results, aiming to stop another big club. Barak and Zaccagni will support the only striker Lasagna, who has scored three goals against Milan, all of them at San Siro. Gunter, Ceccherini and Di Marco should complete the defense, with Faraoni and Lazovic on the wings.

Hellas Verona lineup (3-4-2-1): Silvestri; Gunter, Ceccherini, Di Marco; Faraoni, Sturaro, Veloso, Lazovic; Barak, Zaccagni; Lasagna. Coach: Juric

Milan lineup (4-2-3-1): G. Donnarumma; Calabria, Kjaer, Romagnoli, T. Hernandez; Tonali, Kessiè; Saelemaekers, Diaz, Rebic; Leao. Coach: Pioli

Referee: Orsato