Genoa - AC Milan Preview: Champions can take top spot in Serie A with win
The Rossoneri can move above Juventus at the summit with a win over Alberto Malesani's men at Marassi on Friday evening
By Max De Luca
Dainelli, Kaladze, Moretti
Mesto, Merkel, Veloso, Constant, Rossi
Abate, Bonera, Thiago Silva, Zambrotta
Aquilani, Ambrosini, Nocerino,
Genoa boss Alberto Malesani will be without the team's leading scorer Rodrigo Palacio who is suspended for Friday's encounter. Cesare Bovo, Luca Antonelli and Ze Eduardo will also miss out due to injury.
Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri will be without the services of Alessandro Nesta who is out for three weeks after sustaining a hip injury in the Champions League loss to Barcelona last week. Daniel Bonera will likely partner Thiago Silva in the Italian's absence.
Marco Amelia may get the nod to start between the posts on Friday after Christian Abbiati trained away from the rest of his team-mates on Wednesday.
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- Genoa are unbeaten at home so far this season (W3, D2), outscoring their opponents 8-3 in the process.
- The Rossoblu have been held scoreless in two of their last three league encounters.
- Genoa played out a 1-1 draw with Massimiliano Allegri's side last season at Marassi.
- Milan have scored the most goals in Serie A so far this term (27).
- The Serie A champions are currently on a seven-game unbeaten streak (W6 D1).
- The Rossoneri have not conceded a goal in their last three domestic matches.
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Top 3 Predictions
Genoa 0-3 AC Milan
- 20.24 %
Genoa 3-0 AC Milan
- 17.6 %
Genoa 1-3 AC Milan
- 13.72 %
|Serie A (SR-A)||23 Nov 2013||AC Milan 1 - Genoa 1|
|Serie A (SR-A)||8 Mar 2013||Genoa 0 - AC Milan 2|
|Serie A (SR-A)||27 Oct 2012||AC Milan 1 - Genoa 0|
|Serie A (SR-A)||25 Apr 2012||AC Milan 1 - Genoa 0|
|Serie A (SR-A)||2 Dec 2011||Genoa 0 - AC Milan 2|
|30 Nov 2013||Genoa 1 - Torino 1||SR-A|
|23 Nov 2013||AC Milan 1 - Genoa 1||SR-A|
|10 Nov 2013||Genoa 2 - Hellas Verona 0||SR-A|
|3 Nov 2013||Lazio 0 - Genoa 2||SR-A|
|30 Oct 2013||Genoa 1 - Parma 0||SR-A|
|92||Stephan El Shaarawy||Striker|
The Serbia international will be entrusted to provide the firepower upfront in the absence of the club’s leading scorer Rodrigo Palacio. Must link up well with Caracciolo if the hosts stand a chance of pulling off the upset.
The Sweden international eclipsed the 100-goal mark in Serie A with a brace against Chievo last weekend. ‘Ibra’ leads the Scudetto holders in scoring and will look to add to his personal tally at Marassi on Friday evening.
The Serie A champions are firing on all cylinders in Italy at the moment and will take care of business in the port city.