In the Grand season finale, Juventus, Napoli and Milan will fight it out for the last two remaining Champions League spots. The Partenopei have the best odds on paper, as a home win against Hellas Verona would be enough to earn them their ticket. On the other hand, the Rossoneri have a tough task ahead of them in the form of Atalanta. Finally, the Bianconeri need to beat Bologna away from home, and hope that one of their rivals slips up on Sunday night.
So let’s take a look at the probable formations in these three crucial matches, as reported by la Gazzetta dello Sport.
Napoli – Hellas Verona
Gennaro Gattuso will maintain his 4-2-3-1 formation, with Victor Osimhen leading the line, supported by Matteo Politano, Piotr Zielinski and captain Lorenzo Insigne.
Tiémoué Bakayako is the favorite ahead of Diego Demme to start alongside Fabian Ruiz in the double pivot.
Napoli (4-2-3-1): Meret; Di Lorenzo, Manolas, Rrahmani, Hysaj; Bakayoko, Ruiz; Politano, Zielinski, Insigne; Osimhen.
Atalanta – Milan
With the only key absentee being Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Stefano Pioli has a clear idea for the starting formation that must overcome La Dea.
Franck Kessié will operate in the middle alongside Ismael Bennacer, whilst Theo Hernandez and Davide Calabria will take the fullback roles.
Alexis Saelmaekers, Brahim Diaz and Hakan Calhanoglu are expected the support Rafael Leao in attack, but the inclusion of Ante Rebic remains a viable possibility.
Milan (4-2-3-1): Donnarumma; Calabria, Kjaer, Tomori, Hernandez; Bennacer, Kessié; Saelmaekers, Diaz, Calhanoglu; Leao
Bologna – Juventus
After beating Atalanta in the Coppa Italia final on Wednesday, Juventus must rely on Gian Piero Gasperini’s men to derail Milan – as Napoli are unlikely to drop points.
Dejan Kulusevski has probably done enough in the cup to maintain his starting spot in attack next to Cristiano Ronaldo – ahead of both Alvaro Morata and Paulo Dybala.
With Rodrigo Bentancur having to serve a suspension, Weston McKennie is expected to take central midfielder role alongside Adrien Rabiot, with Juan Cuadrado and Federico Chiesa operating on the wings.
Juventus (4-4-2): Szczesny; Danilo, de Ligt, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Cuadrado, McKennie, Rabiot, Chiesa; Kulusevski, Ronaldo