In the aftermath of the 1-0 loss away to Juventus more doubts and questions resurfaced. Mihajlovic’s lineup choices are mostly dictated by injuries and the limited squad but formation changes seem to be on the card everyday. To that end it was hoped that Bertolacci’s return to the lineup would bring back the 4-4-2. Bertolacci’s positives performances when healthy made the midfield a more solid and proactive part of the team. However Bertolacci re-aggravated his injury and will not be available.
So is it back to 4-3-3 with Cerci, Bacca and Niang up front? It seems so but when looking at lineup predictions and indications from the coach it seems a sort of modified 4-4-2 will be played with Cerci dropping back to the right of midfield. In any case the difference will likely only be on paper. Montolivo, Kucka and Bonaventura will try to be better providers for the forwards at the same time doing their best to support the defenders who have to deal with Eder, a scorer of nine goals so far this season for the Ligurians.
The defense will likely stay the same as Abate, Alex, Romagnoli and Antonelli will hope that they can help Donnarumma keep a clean sheet against Montella’s team.
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