Coppa Italia – AC Milan vs Cagliari – Preview and Prediction

Coppa Italia is vital for AC Milan this season since Rossoneri were out of the UEFA Champions League while struggling in the Serie A.

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Next opponent for Stefano Pioli‘s side in the round of 16 will be Cagliari, who the famous Claudio Ranieri is managing.

This will be one to watch for Milan fans since Pioli is expected to make several changes to the starting XI.

Coppa Italia – AC Milan vs Cagliari – Preview

This season’s Coppa Italia can be a valuable chance to save Pioli from a by-far disappointing one. Inter Milan and Napoli were knocked out, making Milan a heavy contender to win a competition they have been waiting for so long.

Milan returned to winning ways in the league with the win against Sassuolo on Saturday. It wasn’t the best of performances, but at least Stefano Pioli’s men got the job done.

Coppa Italia – AC Milan vs Cagliari – Match Details

Game date: Tuesday, January 2

Kick-off time: 21:00 (CET)

Venue: San Siro

Team news

Yunus Musah and Noah Okafor will be out for injuries, while Ismael Bennacer departed for national duty in the AFCONs.

Samuel Chukwueze will be available, though, having been granted a few days extra by the Nigeria head coach. The Nigerian will replace Christian Pulisic, who scored the winner against Sassuolo last week.

Predicted Milan XI (4-2-3-1): Maignan; Calabria, Simic, Hernandez, Jimenez; Reijnders, Adli; Chukwueze, Romero, Chaka Traore; Jovic.

Milan need to find the way back in winning
Milan need to find the way back in winning


This will be the first time two sides clash in the local cup tournament. In the league, Milan are the upper hand with 19 wins out of 24 times facing each other.


Milan must win this one, especially considering Inter and Napoli have both been knocked out. Anything else would be a disaster for Pioli, seeing as this could be his only shot at a trophy this season.

Then again, Cagliari and Ranieri have been known to perform at their best when playing as the underdogs, so Milan need to be careful as always.

AC Milan 2-0 Cagliari