After the recent results, the battle for the Champions League in Serie A is very tight. In the remaining 9 games, Milan, Juventus, Napoli, Atalanta and probably Lazio, will fight against each other to reach the most important European competition. The next opponent for Milan is Parma, a club which is having a disastrous season, but changed his trend after the arrival of the new American chairman.
The last victory for Parma in Serie A against Milan happened in March 2014, 4-2, and since then Milan won 5 games and 2 draws. In the last seven away games in Parma, Milan scored at least one goal in each of them, the last game without a goal dates back to March 2010, when Leonardo was the coach. Milan won 14 of the last Serie A away games, with a draw against Genoa (2-2) and a defeat against Spezia (0-2).
Good news from Milanello: Leao, Diaz and Mandzukic have completely recovered from injury and they will start from the bench. The only players out are now Calabria and Romagnoli. While the first one will need two more weeks, the captain joined the team training on Thursday and he will be back for the next game against Genoa. After the test of Saelemaekers as right back, the Belgian will start on the wing, with either Kalulu or Dalot at right back. Bennacer and Kessie will be the duo on the midfield, while the attack will be guided by Ibrahimovic, who scored 10 goals in Serie A against Parma, one goal every 89 minutes.
Parma is the team with the least victories in this Serie A season, only three, and the fears of Serie B are increasing match by match. The Emiliani’s path is complicated by the many injuries that are afflicting the team, players such as Karamoh, Mihaila, Zirkzee and Cyprien won’t take part to the match. The strikers will be Gervinho, Man and Pellè; the Italian stricker, who scored a beautiful bicycle kick a few weeks ago, can be replaced by Cornelius. The former Rossoneri Conti and Kucka will try their best to ruin the Devil’s plans.
Parma lineup (4-3-3): Sepe; Conti, Bani, Gagliolo, Pezzella; Kucka, Hernani, Kurtic; Man, Pellè, Gervinho. Coach: D’Aversa
Milan lineup (4-2-3-1): G. Donnarumma; Kalulu, Tomori, Kjaer, Hernandez; Bennacer, Kessiè; Saelemaekers, Calhanoglu, Rebic; Ibrahimovic. Coach: Pioli