AC Milan will be looking to start 2020 in the right way as they host Sampdoria at San Siro in Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s return.
Milan will be looking to put memories of the 5-0 thrashing they received against Atalanta in Bergamo firmly in the background and build on the good signs that were seen prior to that game.
If results go the Rossoneri’s way they could find themselves in eighth place at the end of the round ahead of what is a very important second half of the season.
Game date: Monday 6 January
Kick-off time: 15:00 (CET)
Venue: San Siro
Referee: Davide Massa
Stefano Pioli almost has a clean bill of health and a full squad to choose from, however Leo Duarte remains out with an achilles tendon issue which could see him sidelined until March. There are no suspensions to deal with.
In addition, midfielder Lucas Biglia looks set to miss a few weeks after sustaining another thigh problem, meaning Ismael Bennacer’s place in the line-up is not under threat.
The big question is whether Pioli will insert Ibrahimovic from the start over Krzysztof Piatek. The Swede played 45 minutes in a friendly on Friday, scoring and getting an assist, with the most recent reports suggesting he is set to start from the first minute on Monday.