AC Milan vs Atalanta match preview, team news, where to watch and prediction

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AC Milan vs Atalanta match preview, team news, where to watch and prediction

Faruq Ibrahim 22:24 - 24.02.2024

A concise pre-match guide for the upcoming Serie A fixture between AC Milan and Atalanta.

The upcoming Serie A clash between AC Milan and Atalanta is set for Sunday, February 25, 2024, at the iconic Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, also known as San Siro. 

The match kicks off at 20:45 WAT, promising an enthralling encounter in Round 26 of the league.

Recent Form & Possible Lineups

AC Milan's recent form sees them unbeaten in their last five games against Atalanta in Serie A, showcasing a strong performance with four wins and one draw. 

Stefano Pioli is expected to field a formidable lineup featuring key players like Olivier Giroud, who returns from suspension, and Christian Pulisic, who has made a significant impact this season.

Atalanta, under Gian Piero Gasperini, has faced a mixed season, currently struggling with defensive issues and sitting 8th in the league. 

The team has seen a significant overhaul in the summer, and key players like Charles De Ketelaere and Teun Koopmeiners will be crucial in their strategy against Milan. However, they will be without first-choice defenders Rafael Toloi, Berat Djimsiti, and Jose Palomino due to injuries.

Key Players to Watch

For AC Milan, Olivier Giroud's return and Christian Pulisic's recent form will be vital. Pulisic, in particular, has matched his best season start in the big-5 European Leagues with five goals and two assists in his first 12 games.

Atalanta's Teun Koopmeiners and Mario Pasalic are the players to keep an eye on. Koopmeiners has been impressive under Gasperini's guidance, and Pasalic, a former Milan player, has a history of performing well against his old club.

Historical Head-to-Head & Rivalry

The fixture marks the 143rd clash between the two teams, with Milan winning 48% of the matches. Last season, Milan secured four points from their encounters with Atalanta, indicating a competitive rivalry.

Playing Styles & Tactics

AC Milan is expected to maintain a strong midfield core and capitalise on Atalanta's defensive vulnerabilities. Atalanta, despite their defensive struggles, possesses quality in attack but needs to address their backline issues to counter Milan's offensive threats.

Betting Tips & Predictions

Given Milan's recent form and Atalanta's defensive difficulties, a Milan victory seems plausible. 

 Milan is favoured to extend their unbeaten streak against Atalanta, reflecting their superiority and current form compared to Atalanta's struggles.

How to Watch

Fans looking to catch the action can tune in to the SuperSports channel on DSTV.

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