Milan vs Fiorentina

The Rossoneri squandered the opportunity to move within three points of city rivals Inter in third, as a result of a goalless draw against Bologna on Tuesday.

However, Gennaro Gattuso’s men can close the gap on the Nerazzurri to two points, at least for a few hours, if they can get the better of La Viola, who sit 10th and could move within two points of Milan with a victory.

Where to Watch

When Is Kick Off? Saturday 22 December
What Time Is Kick Off? 14:00 (BST)
Where Is it Played? San Siro
TV Channel/Live Stream? N/A
Referee? TBC

Team News

The Rossoneri will be without both Tiémoué Bakayoko, who was sent off against Bologna, and Franck Kessié, who picked up his fifth booking of the league campaign to warrant a suspension.

© Soccrates Images/GettyImages Bologna v AC Milan – Italian Serie A

Ivan Strinić is a doubt for the match with fitness concerns, meanwhile Giacomo Bonaventura, Lucas Biglia and Mattia Caldara remain out with injuries.

Predicted Lineups

​Milan Donnarumma; Calabria, Zapata, Romagnoli, Rodríguez; Suso, Mauri, Bertolacci, Çalhanoğlu; Higuaín, Cutrone.
Fiorentina Lafont; Ceccherini, Pezzella, Hugo; Chiesa, Nørgaard, Gerson, Biraghi; Benassi; Simeone, Mirallas.

Milan have won 19 of their 45 encounters, with the Gigliati triumphing 14 times. Il Diavolo emerged victorious the last time out, coming from behind to win 5-1 after Giovanni Simeone had opened the scoring for La Viola.

© Emilio Andreoli/GettyImages AC Milan v ACF Fiorentina – Serie A

The Rossoneri are unbeaten at San Siro against Fiorentina in their last four matches since their defeat in 2013, winning three matches and drawing once.​

Meanwhile, the Firenze outfit are also unbeaten in their last four matches at home against the Rossoneri, winning two and drawing two, with Milan’s last victory at the Artemio Franchi dating back to 2014.

Milan can make it four consecutive victories at home against Fiorentina with a victory on Saturday.

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Milan are currently on a three match winless streak in all competitions, but are unbeaten in their last four Serie A games.

Meanwhile, Fiorentina are unbeaten in their last two matches, since their defeat against Juventus. La Viola haven’t won on their travels in the league this season but are unbeaten in their last four away games and scored when they last visited San Siro to face Inter.

Here’s how each team has performed in their last five fixtures:

Milan Fiorentina
Bologna 0-0 Milan (18/12) Fiorentina 3-1 Empoli (16/12)
Olympiacos 3-1 Milan (13/12) Sassuolo 3-3 Fiorentina (9/11)
Milan 0-0 Torino (9/12) Fiorentina 0-3 Juventus (1/12)
Milan 2-1 Parma (2/12) Bologna 0-0 Fiorentina (25/11)
Milan 5-2 Dudelange (29/11) Frosinone 1-1 Fiorentina (9/11)

Prediction

Milan need to start winning games again and three points against Fiorentina could be the Christmas gift they have been ​after to kick-start their season, following their Europa League exit.

Fiorentina have scored on their last two visits to Milan. Despite losing both encounters, the latest of which was a 5-1 drubbing, they will take great confidence from managing to find the net on those occasions and could take advantage of a few significant absentees.

The Rossoneri are not in the best of form and the Gigliati could make matters worse, having come from behind to win against Empoli.

Arsenal vs Burnley

Arsenal vs Burnley: Odds, Preview, Live Stream, TV Info for Premier League Game.. Arsenal will look to get back to winning ways in the Premier League on Saturday when they host Burnley at the Emirates Stadium.

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The Gunners slipped to a 3-2 defeat at Southampton in their last league outing, the first time they’ve been beaten since losing to Manchester Cityand Chelsea at the start of the campaign.

As for Burnley, they’ve won just once since September and sit in the relegation zone on goal difference, so a positive result here will see them climb out at least temporarily.

Arsenal will be keen to get back on track as soon as possible, particularly at home to a side battling relegation.

A win would see them draw level on points with fourth-place Chelsea, putting the Blues under some slight pressure ahead of their clash with Leicester City.

Burnley have won just once away from home this season, against Cardiff City, so the Gunners will be confident of taking three points here.

The Clarets were only minutes away from claiming a draw at Wembley Stadium against Tottenham Hotspur in their last match, though, having frustrated Spurs throughout the contest.

Dan Kilpatrick of the Evening Standard noted their approach to the match:

It’s likely they’ll employ a similar setup at Arsenal, so the Gunners will need to unlock their deep-lying defence.

As such, the match could be tailor-made for Mesut Ozil, who returned to Premier League action off the bench in the defeat to Southampton after missing three matches with a back problem.

While the German has no shortage of critics questioning his attitude and work rate, his delivery is superb:

Arsenal boss Unai Emery may have doubts about the playmaker—whom he left on the bench for the team’s 2-1 win over Bournemouth in November prior to his injury—but there is perhaps no player in their squad who can pick a lock like he can.

Spurs had to resort to Christian Eriksen to break the deadlock against Burnley, and Ozil can help Arsenal do the same if he’s on the pitch.