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Preview: AC Milan vs. Atalanta BC - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Friday's Serie A encounter between AC Milan and Atalanta BC, including team news and predicted lineups.

Atalanta BC square off against AC Milan at San Siro on Friday evening aware that they require three points to remain in the Serie A title race.

Meanwhile, Milan head into the contest on the back of five wins from six outings, a run which has put the club in contention for fifth position.

Match preview

AC Milan manager Stefano Pioli pictured in February 2020© Reuters

With each victory recorded, Stefano Pioli would have felt that he was pushing closer to redemption at San Siro, aware that club officials were intending to replace him in the dugout next season.

However, after an remarkable return of 23 points from a possible 27 since the resumption, the Milan hierarchy found themselves in a position where they had little choice but to extend the stay of a man who divided opinion upon his arrival after a poor spell at neighbours Inter Milan.

The 54-year-old has recorded 16 wins and just six defeats from his 32 matches in charge, and a further improvement on that return over the next three games could be enough for Milan to qualify for next season's Europa League without needing to go through the preliminary rounds.

With Atalanta standing in their way, Pioli will be determined to repay the show of faith in his ability with yet another positive result.

Although Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted a double in the 2-1 win over Sassuolo in midweek, a wide range of players have got on the scoresheet for I Rossoneri since the middle of June, backing up Pioli's view that his group of players have transformed from individuals into a united team.

Despite Milan's recent form, there is an argument that Atalanta should remain as the favourites for this contest as they continue their pursuit of the league title.

While there will be an acknowledgement that they are unlikely to successfully chase down Juventus, Gian Piero Gasperini will want his side to maintain an unbeaten run which has lasted since January 20.

Remarkably, it was a home defeat to now-bottom-placed SPAL which acted as the catalyst for a 17-match unbeaten run in all competitions, but it also highlights what could have been had Atalanta not suffered that shock defeat.

With three matches left, I Nerazzurri are five goals short of reaching 100 in Serie A, although just two strikes have come in their most recent games against Hellas Verona and Bologna.

AC Milan Serie A form: WWDWWW

Atalanta BC Serie A form: WWDWDW

Team News

AC Milan's Alessio Romagnoli pictured in action on March 8, 2020© Reuters

Milan face the possibility of being without the four defenders which began the last match.

Alessio Romagnoli is out with a muscle problem, while Andrea Conti and Simon Kjaer also sustained issues in the meeting at Sassuolo.

Theo Hernandez is sidelined through suspension, leaving the possibility of Davide Calabria, Franck Kessie, Matteo Gabbia and Diego Laxalt forming a make-shift backline.

With Ismael Bennacer also serving a ban, Lucas Biglia and Giacomo Bonaventura may be used in the middle of the pitch.

Gasperini could recall Ruslan Malinovskiy and Luis Muriel, who may line up in attack with Mario Pasalic playing in the number 10 role.

The remainder of the Atalanta starting lineup could remain the same.

AC Milan possible starting lineup:
Donnarumma; Calabria, Kessie, Gabbia, Laxalt; Biglia, Bonaventura; Saelemaekers, Calhanoglu, Rebic; Ibrahimovic

Atalanta BC possible starting lineup:
Gollini; Toloi, Palomino, Djimsiti; Castagne, De Roon, Freuler, Gosens; Pasalic; Malinovskiy, Muriel

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We say: AC Milan 2-2 Atalanta BC

Everything points to this encounter being one of the most entertaining tussles since the resumption. With Atalanta needing a win, expect the visitors to go all out for the three points, but we are backing in-form Milan to pose a constant threat at the other end, leading to a draw being played out at San Siro.

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Wednesday's key events

· Team GB starlet Sky Brown - aged just 13 - takes part in the women's park event and has a realistic chance of picking up a medal too. Bombette Martin is Britain's other representative, while hosts Japan are among the favourites for gold (1am)

· Great Britain's women have more history in their sights heading into their semi-final against Netherlands - the team they beat in the 2016 gold medal match (2.30am)

· The men's 400m hurdles final on Tuesday will go down as one of the greatest Olympic races of all time, and the women will attempt to emulate that, with new world record holder Sydney McLaughlin of USA and Netherlands' Femke Bol the favourites for gold (3.30am)
· Nick Miller is Britain's representative in the men's hammer throw final (12.15pm)
· The men's 800m final could be a wide-open affair (1.05pm)
· A thrilling men's 200m final is in store as the likes of Andre de Grasse, Noah Lyles and 17-year-old sensation Erriyon Knighton bid to succeed Usain Bolt as Olympic champion (1.55pm)

· After a medal-laden day on the water on Tuesday, Great Britain will be looking for more success, starting with Luke Patience and Chris Grube in the men's 470-class medal race (6.33am)
· Team GB also have medal hopes in the women's event, with defending champion Hannah Mills looking to retain her crown alongside new teammate Eilidh McIntyre (7.33am)

· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Great Britain's Frazer Clarke faces Uzbekistan's Bakhodir Jalolov in the men's super heavyweight with a place in the gold medal bout up for grabs (7.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also guaranteed a medal, but will look to ensure that is either gold or silver as he takes on Cuba's Arlen Lopez in the light heavyweight final (7.35am)

· World records have been tumbling in the velodrome, and another could go in the men's team pursuit final as Italy - new world record holders themselves - face Denmark (10.06am)

· Three Brits have made into into the final of the men's jumping individual final, including fastest qualifier Ben Maher, who will bid to inherit compatriot Nick Skelton's Olympic crown (11am)

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