Lombardy rivals Atalanta and AC Milan face off in Bergamo today in what will be a pivotal match in the Rossoneri’s title ambitions and La Dea’s efforts in qualifying for Europe.
With just two matches left to be played, Milan will need to win both games to secure their first Scudetto since the 2010-2011 season unless their cross-city rivals drop points. The Rossoneri are two points behind Inter, meaning that if they win today and Inter loses to Cagliari, Milan would be crowned champions of Italy.
Atalanta are level on 59 points with Fiorentina and a single point behind Roma, who have just one match remaining after drawing Venezia yesterday. La Dea have a negative head-to-head record with both sides, meaning that if they lose today and Fiorentina win, they will fail to qualify for Europa Conference League football ahead of next season.
Milan won the reverse fixture 3-2 despite Atalanta scoring 2 late goals to nearly salvage a draw.
Stefano Pioli will be given an almost fully available squad as he will only be missing Simon Kjaer. His main dilemma will be in choosing whether Rade Krunic, Franck Kesse, or Brahim Diaz will play behind striker Olivier Giroud in the attack.
Gianpiero Gasparini will welcome back Duvan Zapata and Giorgio Scalvini, but his side will be without goalkeeper Marco Sportiello and captain Rafael Toloi.
Atalanta Verona Probable Line-up (3-5-2): Musso; Djimsiti, Demiral, Palomino; Hateboer, De Roon, Freuler, Zappacosta; Pasalic, Malinovskyi; Muriel.
AC Milan Probable Line-up (4-2-3-1): Maignan; Calabria, Kalulu, Tomori, Hernandez; Tonali, Bennacer; Saelemaekers, Kessie, Leao; Giroud.