AC Milan will be aiming to finish the Serie A season on a positive note when they host Novara as short odds favourites with Bet365, who have a live stream of the game this weekend through their Serie A television service.
Going into the final game of the campaign, Milan are four points behind Serie A Champions Juventus and there is no doubt that they will be disappointed with how their form has dipped in recent weeks.
It hasn’t been anything disastrous – they have won four out of their last six games – but a draw at home to Bologna as well as defeat to local rivals Inter has proved costly in the title race.
Where Juventus have held their nerve, Milan have fallen short. This will be of great frustration to their players, coaching staff and plans. They would have been determined to take things to the final day.
As it is though, they are playing for pride this weekend as well as the small incentive to finish on 80 points for this year’s Serie A campaign. Then it is a case of having a well earned rest, adding a player or two and looking to pip Juventus next year.
With regards to the away side for this fixture, Novara are already relegated to Serie B. They find themselves seven points adrift of safety going into the final game and attention has already turned to their promotion bid next year.
With this in mind, it could be a difficult game to get motivated for, despite it being in the grand stage of the San Siro. Will they be able to show enough fight to get something on Sunday afternoon?
They do have good memories of this stadium though. Arguably their highlight of a difficult season was going to Inter and securing victory back in February.
Overall though, Milan are expected to finish the season with three points. An early Novara goal could make it more of a contest than the situation suggests though, so it is hoped that the away side will give it a go.