Cagliari vs AC Milan Preview

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The Rossoneri are hoping to stay three points clear of the city rivals Inter when they visit Cagliari on Monday. Read our Cagliari vs AC Milan Preview and get the latest news and stats.

Cagliari Recent Form & Team News

Agonizingly close to the Serie A relegation zone, Cagliari are without a victory in five matches at home (D2, L3). On the other hand, the Sardinians found the back of the net in each of their last nine home games. They netted the opening goal before halftime in three (HT: W2, L1) of the previous four (FT: D1, L3).

In total, Cagliari recorded just 14 points in the first 17 Serie A rounds (W3, D5, L9). It is their lowest such return since 2014/15, a campaign that saw them eventually relegate to Serie B. Interestingly, the Islanders had the same average of goals allowed at this stage back then (2.00).

Player to watch: João Pedro remains his team’s top scorer this season, with three of his previous four goals coming in the second 45 minutes.

Eusebio Di Francesco cannot count on Andrea Carboni (illness), Paolo Farago (thigh), Nahitan Nandez (suspension), and Marko Rog (knee).

AC Milan Recent Form & Team News

Scoring 2+ goals in 16 of their 17 Serie A games, AC Milan are enjoying their best start to a league season since 2003/04. That campaign saw them crowned champions by an 11-point difference, while averaging 1.91 goals per contest. Currently averaging a better rate per league match (2.18), the Rossoneri hold the third-longest consecutive scoring streak in top-flight history (37 matches).

The visiting side is playing without fear away from home, and are comfortably the league’s best road team prior to this round (W7, D1). Strong starts are crucial for Milan as they led at halftime in each of their seven wins. That being said, a halftime/full-time double is something that Stefano Pioli’s team achieved only once in the last seven H2H duels at Sardegna Arena (W3, D3, L1).

Player to watch: All eyes will be on Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimović. AC Milan’ top scorer in Serie A (ten goals) is set to return to action after recent illness.

STADIO GIUSEPPE MEAZZA, MILAN, ITALY – 2020/09/21: Zlatan Ibrahimovic of AC Milan celebrates after scoring a goal during the Serie A football match between AC Milan and Bologna FC. AC Milan won 2-0 over Bologna FC. (Photo by Nicol?? Campo/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Hot stat: Going back to the beginning of 2018/19, Milan scored a minimum of two goals in 40 (80%) of their previous 50 league wins.

Stefano Pioli will be without Ismael Bennacer (thigh), Hakan Calhanoglu (illness), and Matteo Gabbia (knee). Theo Hernandez (illness), Rade Krunic (illness), Rafael Leao (suspension), and Ante Rebic (illness) are also out.

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