Milan host Fiorentina at San Siro on Saturday, hoping to get back to winning ways after three successive games without victory in all competitions.
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|
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.
Ivan Strinić is a doubt for the match with fitness concerns, meanwhile Giacomo Bonaventura, Lucas Biglia and Mattia Caldara remain out with injuries.
|Milan||Donnarumma; Calabria, Zapata, Romagnoli, Rodríguez; Suso, Mauri, Bertolacci, Çalhanoğlu; Higuaín, Cutrone.|
|Fiorentina||Lafont; Ceccherini, Pezzella, Hugo; Chiesa, Nørgaard, Gerson, Biraghi; Benassi; Simeone, Mirallas.
Head to Head Record
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.
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.
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:
|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)|
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.