Serie A PREVIEW | Hellas Verona vs Milan — MATCHDAY 36

In an attempt to overthrow Inter at the top of the table, Milan will take on Hellas Verona at the Marcantonio Bentegodi.

Under the management of Igor Tudor, Hellas Verona are relishing a high-flying campaign in Serie A this time. Driven by the ambition to finish in the top half of the table, the Gialloblu have garnered 52 points from 35 matches. Winning against the Rossoneri would thus be a cherry on top of Verona’s incredible 2021/22 domestic campaign.

Every game is now a do-or-die encounter for Milan, with a two-horse race for the title edging towards a grand finale. Hellas Verona have not been able to beat Milan on the last four occasions.

But a packed Marcantonio Bentegodi could play a part in turning the fate of this match. In terms of the recent form, Stefano Pioli’s men have seen a seamless run in Serie A. On the other hand, Hellas Verona have lost just one of their last five league fixtures.

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

Hellas Verona: W-L-W-D-W

Milan: D-D-W-W-W

Team News

Milan could be without the services of Simon Kjaer for their game against Hellas Verona as the former Sevilla defender is out with a long-term injury. The duo of Tomori and Kalulu could hold the baton of defence for the visitors on Sunday. Other than the Dane, everyone else seems fit.

Diego Coppola and Ivor Pandur will miss the weekend’s fixture with their respective injury issues. Paweł Dawidowicz has reportedly returned to training and could make the bench for the home side against the Scudetto aspirants on Sunday.

Predicted XIs

Hellas Verona (3-4-2-1): Montipo; Ceccherini, Gunter, Casale; Faraoni, Tameze, Ilic, Lazovic; Barak, Caprari; Simeone

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


As things stand, Milan are only one point behind Inter. The returns of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ante Rebic have undoubtedly boosted Rossoneri’s attacking prowess. Using that, Pioli could easily end up being victorious. But when the opponents are as sharp as Hellas Verona, it will be far from being a one-sided affair.

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