AC Milan have the opportunity to secure their second triumph in three league matches when they face Bologna on the road on Tuesday night. Rossoneri boss Gennaro Gattuso has received a much-needed boost with centre-backs Alessio Romangoli and Mattia Caldara returning to training but he may not risk them for the midweek game after their extended absence from the first-team. The Milan outfit are currently one point ahead of Lazio in the pursuit of the final Champions League qualification spot and they have the chance to extend the lead further with the game in hand at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara.
Gianluigi Donnarumma has been ever-present for the Rossoneri in goal for the league duties this term but has managed just two clean sheets. He will be determined to add another shutout to his feather on Tuesday.
In the defence, Gattuso may stick with the same backline from the previous three matches despite the Rossoneri’s disappointing showing at Olympiacos which saw them eliminated from the Europa League in midweek. In this case, David Calabria and Ricardo Rodriguez should reclaim their positions on the right and left side of the defence with Cristian Zapata and Ignazio Abate making up the central defensive department on the night.
In the midfield, Franck Kessie should reclaim his position in the centre of the park after playing every minute of the Rossoneri’s league campaign and the same goes for Tiemoue Bakayoko, who has been ever-present since making his maiden Serie A start ten games into the season.
Meanwhile, Suso and Hakan Calhanoglu could feature on either side of the central midfielders, although they have witnessed contrasting fortunes this term. While Suso has emerged as Milan’s go-to man with eight assists and four goals in just 15 league games, Calhanoglu has been disappointing with him yet to open his scoring account in the top-flight this term.
The Turkey international has managed just two assists and he has regularly found himself substituted during the second half of games which he should be determined to avoid at Bologna. Further forward, Gonzalo Higuain and Patrick Cutrone have formed an impressive partnership and Gattuso may not consider resting either of his marksmen for the game.
Higuain has been impressive in the new surroundings with five goals from 11 league matches this term but he has plenty to prove after going without finding the scoresheet since October. Cutrone, meanwhile, has become a regular starter after a fringe role to begin the season and he has notched seven goals including four in the disappointing Europa League campaign for his team.
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