Serie A PREVIEW: Sassuolo vs Milan | MATCHDAY 38

Struggling with inconsistent results on the pitch, Sassuolo will host Milan in what will be a season-defining finale for the Rossoneri.

Even a draw means Stefano Pioli’s men will be crowned champions of Serie A 2021/22 season. Sassuolo will be looking to better their position on the points table, with a win on Sunday taking them above Torino, who dropped points against Roma in the curtain-raiser of the final gameweek in Serie A.

Milan have been unbeaten in their last 15 league fixtures, making them the most in-form side in the top flight of Serie A. Sassuolo have had their cherishable results against big teams, including Milan. The Neroverdi defeated the Rossoneri 3-1 in the latter’s home fixture at San Siro earlier this season. In terms of the last three meetings between the two teams, the current league leaders have lost twice and won once.

Sassuolo, however, have not enjoyed a seamless run, having registered just one win from their last five games in the top tier of Italian football. But with the fortune of Scudetto at the stake, one could expect Sassuolo to turn into their more familiar giant-killing mode.

The recent form (in the last five matches in Serie A)

Sassuolo: L-L-L-D-W

Milan: W-W-W-W-W

Team News

Sassuolo will have to take the field without the services of Pedro Obiang, Jeremy Toljan, and Abdou Harroui. They are all injured at the moment. No one will be missing through suspension, though.

As previously confirmed, Milan will miss Simon Kjaer, who is making recovery from his ACL injury. Out-of-favour defender Alessio Romagnoli is unlikely to play a part for the visitors. Instead, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has reportedly been carrying a knock, could come off the bench in the second half to manoeuvre the flow of the play.  

Predicted XIs

Sassuolo (4-2-3-1): Consigli; Muldur, Ayhan, Ferrari, Kyriakopoulos; Frattesi, Lopez; Berardi, Raspadori, Traore; Scamacca

Milan (4-2-3-1): Maignan; Calabria, Kalulu, Tomori, Hernandez; Tonali, Kessie; Saelemaekers, Krunic, Leao; Giroud

Sassuolo might have established themselves as proper giant-killers this season, but doing a double over Milan seems a far-fetched dream for Alessio Dionisi’s men. The Rossoneri are evidently too good to fall on the final day of the campaign.

Jyotirmoy Halder

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