AC Milan travel to the Italian capital of Rome on Sunday to face Lazio, as they look to maintain their 100% record in the league.
Gianluigi Donnarumma will hold his spot as Milan’s number one. The 18-year-old shotstopper has kept four clean sheets from his five games so far this season, and the Italian starlet will be looking to add a fifth on Sunday.
The same backline as Milan boss Vincenzo Montella fielded in the 2-1 victory over Cagliari, barring the absence of Andrea Conti after the Italian picked up a minor injury on international duty against Israel. In his place, 20-year-old Davide Calabria will likely start following decent performances against KF Shkëndija in the Europa League.
The centre back pairing of Leonardo Bonucci and Mateo Musacchio look to be the Rossoneri’s preferred duo for the season and increased game time together will only help them develop their defensive partnership.
A more defensively-minded midfield should be capable of nullifying Lazio’s significant attacking threat, with the likes of Ciro Immobile, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Luis Alberto looking more than capable of punishing teams.
Ivorian midfielder Franck Kessie has been a formidable force in the centre of the pitch for Milan since arriving from Atalanta, and will be looking to improve upon what was an uncharacteristically average performance against Cagliari in his last game.
The notable absence of Hakan Calhanoglu comes as the Turkish star looks to regain a level of fitness following a severe lack of football in the previous campaign. An inability to settle on the ball or string together any build-up play in the match against Cagliari sees him replaced by Lucas Biglia who looks to have fully recovered from an injury of his own.
The front three who started in Milan’s last Serie A outing should each reprise their place in the starting 11 as they have proven incredibly effective thus far this season.
Patrick Cutrone has already found the net four times from six appearances this season, netting two from two in the league. Meanwhile, Suso continues to shine, matching Cutrone’s record in the league, as well assisting as many as he has scored.
Dark horse Fabio Borini continues to surprise many with his performances, showing his former employers Chelsea and Liverpool just what they are missing out on. It didn’t take long for Borini to open his account for Milan, netting in the Europa League, and should his good form continue, it’s hard to see him failing to add to that tally.