Our prediction for this Serie A match:
AC Milan are determined to commence the new Serie A campaign with flair as they prepare to take on Bologna at the iconic Stadio Renato Dall’Ara on Monday evening. The Rossoneri aim to regain Scudetto, but keep in mind that important midfielder Sandro Tonali joined Newcastle United earlier this summer. On the other hand, the club chiefs have signed the likes of Yunus Musah, Samuel Chukwueze, Christian Pulisic, Noah Okafor, Tijjani Reijnders, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Midfielder Ismael Bennacer should be the only absentee in the visiting team in Bologna.
The Rossoblu, on the other hand, continue life without key attacker Marko Arnautovic, who joined Inter at the weekend and his departure is the main reason why we are going to bet on Stefano Pioli’s troops. As for the home side, defender Adama Soumaoro misses the opening match of the season with an ACL injury.
Highlighted Player (Marko Arnautovic):
An Austrian footballer born on 19 April 1986, Marko Arnautovic represented a number of Austrian top sides on youth level, but it was at Twente that his professional career began. The winger needed a while to nail down a regular starting berth, but he impressed in his first full season to score 12 Eredivisie goals and earn a lucrative move to Inter Milan.
The unprofessional behaviour seriously cut short his stay at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, but the highly rated footballer was able to kick start his career at Werder Bremen. The successful spell in Bundesliga saw him secure a move to Stoke City, where he has played his best football up to date.
A powerful footballer capable of scoring from distance, Arnautovic is able to operate as a winger, centre forward or attacking midfielder, and he has also impressed playing for the Austria national team. The forward scored 3 goals in the qualifying campaign to help Das Team qualify for the Euro 2016 finals, taking his total goal tally past 10 strikes.
Highlighted Team (Milan):
AC Milan are regarded as one of the biggest club in Italy. The Rossoneri compete in the Italian Serie A and they have won 18 domestic trophies. Speaking of the club’s European success, Milan have clinched seven Champions League (European Cup) trophies.
Milan were on the verge of beating Liverpool in the 2005 Champions League final, but the Premier League outfit came from three goals behind and eventually won the prestigious trophy on penalties. The Rossoneri play their home games at Stadio San Siro (80,018), the stadium that was opened in 1926. It is well known that Milan’s bitterest rivals are Inter and there have always been fireworks when the two local rivals face each other in the Derby della Madonnina.
Milan were founded in 1899 by a lace-maker from England named Herbert Kilpin and a businessman Alfred Edwards. Milan’s home kits are red and black and that is why the team’s nickname is Rossoneri (The Red and Blacks).
The likes of Alessandro Costacurta, Paolo Maldini, Franco Baresi, Roberto Donadoni, Dejan Savicevic, Frank Rijkaard, Marco van Basten, Ruud Gullit and Andrea Pirlo are the most famous footballers who have represented the San Siro outfit.