Cagliari vs AC Milan – Predicted line-up and result

AC Milan travel to Cagliari in the mid-week Serie A 2023/24 fixture as manager Stefano Pioli could make some significant changes to the latest XI in a bid to extend the winning run.

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After being thrashed out by rivals Inter Milan in the derby and held frustratedly by Newcastle at home, Milan returned to the winning way with a tight victory against Hellas Verona.

With the confidence back to the squad, Rossoneri will aim to make it back-to-back wins in Serie A.

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Changes are coming since Pioli will have some players back from injury. Mike Maignan and Theo Hernandez resumed training with the teams early this week.

Two crucial games are heavy since Lazio will be next in line this weekend; the Italian tactician must be careful not to put any players in overload or at risk of injuries.

With Marco Sportiello’s solid performance against Verona, Maignan can comfortably rest for at least one more game before returning to the starting XI to avoid any risks.

AC Milan 1-0 Verona - Highlights
AC Milan 1-0 Verona – Highlights

Rade Krunic will be out with his hamstring and unlikely to return in the next three games, so Tijjani Reijnders could replace a more defensive approach.

If Pioli rests on-form Olivier Giroud, Luka Jovic can start, while either Rafael Leao or Christian Pulisic can provide fire from both wings. Like Giroud, on-target Leao against Verona last weekend can be on the bench, but Pioli can always use The Portugal striker for at least the first half.

Alessandro Florenzi will likely deputize for Davide Calabria at right-back, with Fikayo Tomori and Malick Thiaw completing the backline.

Milan should be switching back to a 4-3-3 after using a 3-4-3 formation against Hellas Verona on Saturday in the 1-0 win.

AC Milan 1-0 Verona
AC Milan 1-0 Verona

Predicted AC Milan XI vs Cagliari: Sportiello, Florenzi, Thiaw, Tomori, Theo; Loftus-Cheek, Reinjders, Pobega; Pulisic, Jovic, Leao.

Prediction: Cagliari 0-1 AC Milan

Another tough win, but Milan will secure a back-to-back victory in the league before entering the harsh test against Lazio this weekend.


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