Matchday 3 is set to take place with the AC Milan – Lazio fixture being the only game between two teams who have the full points in the league table.
It will be an early competitive clash this season that would say a lot about the Rossoneri and Biancocelesti’s respective forms so far.
On the one hand, Lazio are now being coached by Maurizio Sarri, ex manager at Napoli, Chelsea and Juventus while AC Milan is experiencing stability with Stefano Pioli who is hoping to continue the good positive run.
The game promises to show battles within battles, there is the usual battle of midfield as Lucas Leiva and Milinkovic Savic will try to establish dominance with Franck Kessié (who should be back from injury and ready to start) and Sandro Tonali fighting to win the possession.
Coach Stefano Pioli’s key man for this upcoming fixture will be none other than the number 10 in the lineup, Brahim Diaz. The former Manchester City and Real Madrid player, in fact, will try to repeat the good performances in the first two games.
Brahim Diaz will be available to pick the ball from the back and drive it with his usual speed and technical dribbles and make some beautiful important passes to his teammates in an effort to create scoring chances.
The Spaniard will be doing his best to move between the lines and attack the depth of the Lazio defenders and disrupt their mechanism.
Some changes could be expected, compared to the first two Serie A games for the Rossoneri. Here’s the likely lineup:
Mike Maignan; Davide Calabria, Simon Kjaer, Fikayo Tomori, Theo Hernandez; Kessié, Tonali; Saelemaekers ( or Alessandro Florenzi), Brahim Diaz, Rafael Leao, Ante Rebic (or Zlatan Ibrahimovic)
Lazio, for their part, seem now as strong as the Rossoneri, especially in the attacking department. In fact, Sarri’s men managed to put the ball behind the net 6 times against Spezia in Matchday 2 while they won 3-1 against Empoli in the first game.
Their star striker, Ciro Immobile, left the camp of Italy’s national team due to muscle fatigue. However, he is expected to take part of the game regularly. An important absence that could weigh heavily on the Biancocelesti, though, is that of Manuel Lazzari who is injured.
Here’s the expected lineup that Sarri should deploy at the San Siro:
Reina; Maurisic Luiz Felipe, Acerbi, Hysaj; Milinkovic Savic, Lucas Leiva, Luis Alberto; Felipe Anderson, Immobile, Pedro.