AC Milan – Sassuolo SOCCER PICKS
Milan and Sassuolo meet at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, in a match for the 26 th round of Serie A. In the last direct match for this edition of the league, on 09-30-2018, Milan won out by (1-4) ). In this stadium, the history of direct confrontations is favorable to the home team, which records 4 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss in the last 6 matches. However, the last time these teams played a match in this stadium was on 08-04-2018, in a match for the Serie A that ended in a draw for (1-1). The goals of the match were scored by N. Kalinić (86 ‘), for Milan, and M. Politano (75’), for Sassuolo. In this match the home factor may be decisive, since both teams present considerable differences in the results obtained at home and as a visitor.
After 12 wins, 9 draws and 4 losses, the home team is currently in the 4 th position, with 45 points won. In their last match, they got a home win against Empoli by (3-0), after in the previous match they won (1-3) out in a match against Atalanta. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 4 wins, 8 draws and 3 losses in away matches, with 15 goals scored and 11 conceded; against 10 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses at their stadium, with 29 goals scored and 14 conceded. The team comes to this match after a draw away with Lazio by (0-0). For the championship, Milan won 20 points out of 30 possible, after 6 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses in the last 10 home matches. In their home league matches the most frequent result at half-time was the 0-0 (5 out of 13 matches). In their home matches there is a tendency for goals, since 9 of the last 13 matches for this competition have ended with Over 2,5 goals. In 25 matches in the competition, they suffered the first goal 7 times, but got the comeback in 3.
The Milan enters this day after a foreign tie, to zero, in the displacement to the land of Lazio, for the Coppa Italia. The home club usually acts in a tactical system in 4-3-3, favoring a more offensive style of play, attacking through the side runners. Milan is a team that likes to play in their own midfield, with the aim of trying to surprise their opponents through the counterattack. When it invests in the offensive process, it usually does it through the right flank, with the purpose of taking advantage of the depth offered by the lateral Conti. For this game the local coach will not be able to count on Bonaventura, Cristián Zapata and Mattia Caldara, for being injured.
After 7 wins, 10 draws and 8 losses, the away team is currently in the 11 th position of the league, with 31 points won. In the penultimate match, they lost in an away match against Empoli, by (3-0). In the last match, they tied in a home match against SPAL, by (1-1). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 4 wins, 4 draws and 7 losses in away matches; against 6 victories, 6 draws and 3 defeats in their stadium. In the last 10 away matches for the championship, Sassuolo has 3 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses, so they have won 12 points out of 30 possible. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 25 matches in this competition, they only got 2 comebacks in the 14 matches in which they suffered the first goal. In the last 12 away matches for this competition there is 1 period that stands out: they have scored 5 of their 12 goals between minutes (76′-90 ‘).
The Sassuolo enters this match after a draw at home, a ball, at the reception to the SPAL. The visiting team usually acts in a traditional 5-2-3, privileging fast transitions and attacks through the wings. In this tactical drawing, the three most advanced men will be Duricic, Matri and Boga. In the midfield it is possible for Magnanelli and Sensi to act. The technician Roberto De Zerbi will not be able to count on Marlon and Leonardo Sernicola, for being injured.