AC Milan Predicted Lineup Analysis: Giroud to Lead Rossoneri to Glory

After a wonderful 2022/23 Serie A season, AC Milan managed to finally claw their way to the most lucrative club tournament in the World. Ranking 4th was a step in the right direction, but are Stefano Pioli’s boys among the favorites to win Serie A in 2023/24? Will they be able to make something happen in the Europa League after they got knocked out of the Champions League? And is any AC Milan player considered as one of the favorites for the Europa League Golden Boot this season?

The answers to these questions and information regarding the AC Milan predicted lineup in 2023/24 can be found in our article.

AC Milan Predicted Lineup Analysis

Goalkeepers/Defenders

Mike Maignan

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Maignan performed admirably during the 2022/23 campaign, and he was one of the key reasons why the Rossoneri made it to the Champions League. Unfortunately, he got injured and missed a couple of vital games in the past few months, but it seems that he is now fit to be a vital part of the AC Milan predicted lineup.

Maignan has the ability to perform under pressure. We saw that in AC Milan’s 1-0 win over top dogs Napoli on the 11th of February, when he made three crucial saves, earning his team an important clean sheet.

Theo Hernandez

We mentioned the Rossoneri’s 1-0 win over Napoli. And who was the culprit to blame for that success? None other than left-back Theo Hernandez! With a wonderful 25th-minute goal, Hernandez capped a solid defensive display with an attacking return to give his team a crucial 1-0 victory over nightmare Napoli. Theo Hernandez is the one constant in the AC Milan predicted lineup that coach Stefano Pioli dares not touch.

Matteo Gabbia

With only six matches played in the 2023/24 season, Matteo Gabbia is surely one of the up-and-coming players from whom we can expect a lot. He was a starter in the last couple of matches, as key defender Fikayo Tomori sustained a hamstring injury.

Simon Kjaer

Speaking of constants, we have Danish veteran Simon Kjaer as one of the key players on the AC Milan predicted lineup list. The 34-year-old Rossoneri legend has made a name for himself at San Siro, and we are convinced he’ll be among the most influential players for coach Stefano Pioli in the 2023/24 campaign.

AC Milan’s defense to concede against Rennes.

Midfielders

Yacine Adli

Considering the fact that AC Milan will face Rennes at home, we believe Yacine Adli deserves a shoutout in these AC Milan predicted lineups. The 23-year-old defensive midfielder has played a key role for the Rossoneri this season, making a total of 14 Serie A appearances scoring once. The Frenchman has the required arsenal to bring consistency in the center of the pitch, and we are sure Pioli is going to have him on the starting XI list.

Ismael Bennacer

Another French player in the heart of the midfielder. Ismael Bennacer hasn’t played a crucial role for the Rossoneri this season, as he only made seven appearances in Serie A, but he was a key member of AC Milan’s starting XI during the 2022/23 campaign when he was featured in 28 league games.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

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English attacking midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek only recently boosted AC Milan, but he managed to make an immediate impact. With five goals and one assist in 20 Serie A matches, Ruben earned his starting position under coach Pioli’s rule.

The 28-year-old player is listed on our AC Milan predicted lineup, as he was one of the key players for the Rossoneri in the match against Napoli a couple of days ago.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek to get an assist against Rennes.

Attackers

Christian Pulisic

The US-born winger has already proven his worth with the black-and-red jersey. Pulisic made a total of 22 Serie A appearances in the 2023/24 campaign, during which he scored six times and assisted on five occasions. We believe that mentioning him in the AC Milan predicted lineup was a bit unnecessary, as he is the player that Pioli simply can’t go without when facing French giants Rennes.

Rafael Leao

Portuguese attacking magician Rafael Leao is another player that coach Pioli managed to polish into a gem. The 24-year-old winger has been ever-present for his manager throughout the last two campaigns. With three goals and seven assists in the 2023/24 Serie A race, Leao is far from topping his 2022/23 tally. However, if he manages to put on a show against Rennes, we are sure that he will be motivated to perform in Serie A as well.

Olivier Giroud

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How could the AC Milan predicted lineup be complete without Olivier Giroud? The Leao – Giroud attacking duo was transformed into a trident with Pulisic’s arrival, and we are sure that the man at the top of the attack will have plenty more goalscoring opportunities against Rennes, as we expect to see him and his attacking colleagues among the starters for coach Stefano Pioli.

Olivier Giroud is expected to score against Rennes at San Siro.


Zack is a longtime football fan, writer, and bettor. He also has experience playing and coaching the game of football at a local level. His interest in the MLS, Liga MX and the Canadian Premier League adds a new dimension to the content we have at FootballWhispers.