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Even if Immobile is deemed match fit, Sarri is unlikely to deploy his compatriot in the starting lineup after missing a few games with a thigh problem. The striker is an important part of the team, and bearing in mind the long-term consequences of a setback, he may only make the matchday squad.
In his place, Felipe Anderson will start as a false-nine. The manager also praised the Brazilian but insisted he needs to understand the attacking role well and become a versatile option for the team this season. Sarri also suggested Luis Alberto could come into the lineup after a fitness concern.
Additionally, right-back Manuel Lazzari is also available again after serving a suspension. Sarri also stated the need for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic to have more influence in games, although he praised the quality of the Serbian midfielder.
Probable Lineup (4-3-3): Provedel; Lazzari, Casale, Romagnoli, Marusic; Milinkovic-Savic, Cataldi, Alberto; Pedro, Anderson, Zaccagni
In recent days, Stefano Pioli has been happy to see the reduced names on the injury list. After a prolonged period of not having many of his key players, the current absentees stand at four names. Mike Maignan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Alessandro Florenzi, and Fode Ballo-Toure are missing players.
Rade Krunic is back in training and could join the travelling squad. Ante Rebic could also form a part of the team, but likely for a place on the bench.
Pioli will name a familiar lineup to get a result and put his trust in some players who have underperformed in recent weeks. Alexis Saelemaekers, Brahim Diaz, and Rafael Leao will for the attacking setup behind Oliver Giroud.
Ismael Bennacer and Sandro Tonali will be trusted with the midfield duties. Ciprian Tatarusanu will continue in goal in the prolonged absence of Maignan, with a back four of Davide Calabria, Pierre Kalulu, Fikayo Tomori and Theo Hernandez in front of him.
Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1): Tatarusanu; Calabria, Kalulu, Tomori, Hernandez; Bennacer, Tonali; Saelemaekers, Diaz, Leao; Giroud
- Lazio have seen over 2.5 goals in six of their last seven matches against AC Milan in all competitions.
- Lazio lost all three of their meetings against Milan last season.
- AC Milan have won five of their last six matches against Lazio in all competitions.
- AC Milan have scored at least two goals in five of their last six matches against Lazio in all competitions.
- AC Milan are undefeated in their last 6 matches in Serie A.
Player To Watch
Since the restart after the World Cup, Milan have thoroughly struggled for relevant results and dropped valuable points in the context of the title race. Rafael Leao has been the only consistent player in the team during that dismal run, scoring two goals and assisting once. It is no wonder that a club like Manchester City are keen on signing the Portuguese international.
Once again, when Milan travel to Lazio, the spotlight will fall on Leao to help his team get a favourable result. In truth, while Leao’s form is decent, he needs to step up big time and inspire his teammates to help Milan back into the title race. Hence, he will be their key man against Maurizio Sarri’s men.