The Rossoneri were in a good run of form but now have hit a rough patch. They have lost three games in a row across all competitions and were dumped out of the Coppa Italia by Juventus less than two weeks ago. Vincenzo Montella’s side then were defeated by Napoli after trying again to come from behind, and most recently suffered a 2-1 reversal to Udinese.
Despite their improvement this term, the Diavolo still have their issues. Against Torino (twice), as well against Napoli, they conceded first and tried to stage a come-back. Whilst it worked against the Granata, it clearly did not against the Partenopei. Currently in eighth place heading into this round, it will be imperative for Montella to right the wobbly ship if the team wish to get their European qualifying campaign back on track.
The arrivals of Lucas Ocampos and Gerard Deulofeu surely will help boost the team’s attack, provided that Montella can get them firing on all cylinders. Meanwhile, Milan’s upcoming opponents, Sampdoria, will be full of confidence after picking up a shock win over Roma last weekend. The Giallorossi were naturally viewed as the heavy favorites to depart with all three points, but the Blucerchiati put in an excellent performance – highlighted by a fantastic free-kick from Luis Muriel – to hang on for a much needed victory.
Having finally ended their four match winless streak, Sampdoria will be hoping next to pick up another scalp against the Rossoneri. However, Marco Giampaolo’s side have a lousy road record. They have won just one out of their away fixtures, and that was against Empoli on matchday one. Will Milan be able to take advantage of their opponents’ dismal road showings to get back on track?