Two in-form Serie A teams slug it out at the Mapei stadium, with Sassuolo still keen on a top-six finish while Milan will aim to solidify their Europa League standing with yet another barnstorming performance.
Serie A 2019/2020
Date: Tuesday July 21st
Venue: MAPEI Stadium – Città del Tricolore
Milan recorded their sixth win in eight games since the restart last time weekend, thrashing Bologna 5-1 to open up an eight-point advantage over their Tuesday opposition and will now aim to hold onto their sixth place with Napoli waiting in the wings to pounce.
It is succinctly evident I Rossoneri are on their biggest upward trajectory for some time, one which they will hope will lead to a return to European football.
Like their visitors, Sassuolo head into this contest on the back of eight matches without recording any loss, a run which has featured four victories and four draws.
While two of those stalemates had come over the past week, they were accompanied by varying levels of frustration having held leads against leaders Juventus and floundering
Cagliari, who played for more than 45 minutes at aman disadvantage last time.
Thus, manager Roberto De Zerbi cannot be too critical of his team with the club having improved from 11th to eighth since the resumption, but there is still a feeling that they should be closer to the likes of Napoli and their opponents here.
Gian Marco Ferrari will miss out for Sassuolo here due to suspension.
The trio of Filippo Romagna, Pedro Obiang and Gregoire Defrel are all doubts.
Barring any last ditch development, Stefano Pioli could keep the same side that beat Bologna.
In 14 competitive meetings between these two, Milan have earned eight victories to Sassuolo’s four, while drawing twice including the first meeting this season.
Sassuolo’s last five competitive games: WWWDD
AC Milan’s last five competitive games: WWDWW
This has all the makings of a high-quality encounter. However, despite emerging as surprise contenders for a European place, we feel that Sassuolo may have to take too many gambles to gain all three points, allowing their opponents to capitalise at the other end. Seeing that this could lead to seeing a certain high number of goals scored, we will pick a value from that angle and so back the over 3.5 goals here, a market priced at odds of 11/10.