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Match Preview: Milan-Lazio, 23/12/2020

The fantastic year of football we’ve witnessed from Milan is coming to an end. However, before a well-deserved break, the Rossoneri have to face a tough opponent, Lazio. The two sides have faced each other 154 times in Serie A, Milan won 66 times, Lazio 29 and there have been 59 draws. Milan are unbeaten in 29 of the last 30 league games at home against Lazio.

The Rossoneri will fight to win even if the team will miss some essential players. Ibrahimovic, Kjaer, Bennacer and Gabbia will come back in 2021, while Tonali and Rebic’s conditions will be evaluated on Tuesday afternoon (Italian time). Added to this, Kessie will miss the game for suspension after the yellow card he received against Sassuolo. Since his arrival, Milan have played 8 Serie A games without the Ivorian, and recorded two wins, two draws and four defeats.

There is still a lot to think about for Pioli, if he is to overcome these problems. If Tonali doesn’t play, Calhanoglu will move backward with Krunic. One more option is to field Calabria in the midfield, Dalot as right back, giving more freedom to the Turkish player closer to the goal. After his record breaking goal, Leao will again lead the attack, with Saelemakers and probably Hauge on the wings.

Milan lineup (4-2-3-1): G. Donnarumma; Calabria, Kalulu, Romagnoli, Theo Hernandez; Calhanoglu, Krunic; Saelemaekers, Diaz, Hauge; Leao. Coach: Pioli

Lazio lineup (3-5-2): Reina; Luiz Felipe, Hoedt, Radu; Lazzari, S. Milinkovic-Savic, Escalante, Luis Alberto, Marusic; Caicedo, Immobile. Coach: Inzaghi

Referee: Di Bello

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