After losing to Palermo at home last Sunday, AC Milan face an uphill task on Saturday when they travel to Florence to take on the Viola. Milan who are 5 points behind league leaders and arch rivals Inter Milan will have to win this match and hope that Lazio can cause an upset at the Guiseppe Meazza stadium the following day to further enhance their chances of wining the Serie A title.
This will be the last match before teams break for the Christmas period and both Milan and Inter will want to go into this break with victories. After displaying some good football these past few weeks, Milan were totally outclassed by a mid-table Palermo to hand Leonardo his first loss in the Serie A after an impressive 5 match unbeaten streak.
Milan’s hosts Fiorentina have also dipped in form and it will be exciting to see who emerges victorious in this must win clash. Fiorentina like Milan have also qualified for the knock-out stages of the Champions League. The number of games that these two teams have played is quite a lot and fatigue might be the undoing of either of these sides.
After starting the season in emphatic fashion the Viola have slipped down to 9th position in the league and to me it looks like their train has run out of steam to carry them through the most important part of the season. Milan on the other hand have suffered a huge blow to their confidence after losing to Palermo and Leonardo will have to re-instill the wining mentality in his squad.
My predictions for this match 1-0 in favor of Milan.