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Milan host Lazio at the San Siro Sunday evening, and this matchup looks to be pivotal for both squads, as the Rossoneri and the Biancocelesti are both in need of wins to keep their seasons in the right direction.

After M’baye Niang’s season ended two weeks ago, Milan has obtained just one point in two matches, and are in desperate need of a win to put themselves back in contention for European competition. Milan sit six points behind their cross-town archrivals Inter, who have 54 points on the season. Milan are also 11 points behind Roma, who have surged into third place with eight straight wins. The Rossoneri must take control of their own destiny and want to go on another unbeaten streak, similar to their nine game run that ended just two weeks ago. Milan are in a position at this point in the season where they must not rely on any other results but their own, or they will see any possibility of European competition slip away.

Lazio is in a similar position, but have to do more to get where they want to be. Lazio has 41 points on the season, including nine in their last six matches. The Biancocelesti sit in eighth place, seven points behind Milan, and 13 behind Inter in Europe. While Europe for Lazio seems unlikely, they also want to turn their season in the right direction and get back to Europe, after being ousted by Sparta Prague from the Europa League just days ago. Despite that 3-0 defeat, their last league match was a 2-0 win against Atalanta, with a Miroslav Klose brace, so Lazio will be looking to get back on the score sheet.

Milan have not scored a goal in their past two matches, so Rossoneri stars Giacomo Bonaventura and Carlos Bacca will look to get back on track and back on the score sheet. In addition, Andrea Bertolacci will have big shoes to fill in the midfield for the injured Juraj Kucka, and Riccardo Montolivo will need to revitalize the midfield and create enough movement and chances for Milan if they hope to get back to moving up the table.

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