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  • 10 April 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi, Verona
  • Referee: P. Valeri
  • • Attendance: 11000
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Chievo - AC Milan Preview: Rossoneri looking to bounce back against Flying Donkeys

Massimiliano Allegri's side were stunned by a late Fiorentina goal at the weekend to see their Scudetto hopes take a blow, but Tuesday's trip offers a source of redemption


PROBABLE LINEUPS

CHIEVO

Sorrentino
Frey, Andreolli, Cesar, Facchinetti
Luciano, Rigoni, Bradley
Thereau
Paloschi, Pellissier
AC MILAN

Abbiati
Abate, NestaMexes, Antonini
Emanuelson, MuntariNocerino
Boateng
Ibrahimovic , Robinho

Similarly to AC Milan, Chievo have a depleted playing squad, which sees Boukary Drame, Fernando Uribe, Gennaro Sardo, Bojan Jokic, Francesco Acerbi, Nikolai Gulan, Davide Moscardelli and Davide Mandelli all sidelined.

Consequently, coach Domenico Di Carlo is to make two changes from the side that impressively halted Catania's run of good fortune in a 3-2 win on Saturday. Swiss left-back Mickael Facchinetti is expected to make his debut for the club in the place of Drame, while Cyril Thereau replaces Luciano, allowing Luca Rigoni to drop into midfield at the expense of Rinaldo Cruzado.

Meanwhile the problems continue to stock up for visitors AC Milan. Just one point out of a possible six, including theshock 2-1 reverse to Fiorentina two days ago, has put Massimiliano Allegri firmly under the spotlight, but his task has not been helped with an ever-increasing list of injuries to first-team players.

Mark van Bommel, Thiago Silva, Filippo Inzaghi, Rodney Strasser, Flavio Roma, Mathieu Flamini, Alexandre Pato and Djamel Mesbah have all been ruled out of Tuesday's encounter, while Alberto Aquilani, Daniele Bonera and Massimo Ambrosini will sit out the match through suspension.

Two alterations are expected to be made from the weekend. Gianluca Zambrotta is to be dropped in favour of Luca Antonini, while Kevin-Prince Boateng should start as the team's trequartista, with Urby Emanuelson set to play in midfield.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Chievo are unbeaten in their last four games, winning two games on the bounce against Fiorentina and Catania.
  • However, they have failed to keep a clean sheet in this sequence. Their last came at the hands of Cesena six matches ago.
  • Their recent home form has been disappointing. The Flying Donkeys have lost four of their last seven at the Bentegodi.
  • AC Milan are in the midst of a four-game winless run in all competitions, including two successive defeats to Barcelona and Fiorentina.
  • Their away form has stuttered of late, having won just one of their last five. It comes in stark contrast to picking up six victories in seven away games prior to their dip in form.
  • However, they have won their past seven meetings with Chievo.

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Last Five Matches
Chievo
18 May 2014Chievo 2 - Inter 1SR-A
11 May 2014Cagliari 0 - Chievo 1SR-A
4 May 2014Chievo 0 - Torino 1SR-A
27 Apr 2014Sampdoria 2 - Chievo 1SR-A
19 Apr 2014Chievo 0 - Sassuolo 1SR-A
AC Milan
18 May 2014AC Milan 2 - Sassuolo 1SR-A
11 May 2014Atalanta 2 - AC Milan 1SR-A
4 May 2014AC Milan 1 - Inter 0SR-A
25 Apr 2014Roma 2 - AC Milan 0SR-A
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Odds
Team News
Available Squads
1Stefano SorrentinoGoalkeeper
15Francesco AcerbiDefender
17Gennaro SardoDefender
21Nicolas Sebastien FreyDefender
3Dario DainelliDefender
4Michael BradleyMidfielder
7Paolo SammarcoMidfielder
27Luca RigoniMidfielder
43Alberto PaloschiStriker
31Sergio PellissierStriker
-Cyril ThereauStriker
1Christian PuggioniGoalkeeper
6Marco AndreolliDefender
12Bostjan CesarDefender
18R. CruzadoMidfielder
-LucianoMidfielder
56Perparim HetemajMidfielder
20F. UribeStriker
32Christian AbbiatiGoalkeeper
13Alessandro NestaDefender
19Gianluca Zambrotta Defender
2Mattia De SciglioDefender
33Mario YepesDefender
8Gennaro Ivan GattusoMidfielder
4Sulley MuntariMidfielder
-Antonio NocerinoMidfielder
10Zlatan IbrahimovicStriker
7RobinhoStriker
1Marco AmeliaGoalkeeper
5Philippe MexesDefender
8Urby EmanuelsonMidfielder
-Rodney StrasserMidfielder
-Maxi LópezStriker
92Stephan El ShaarawyStriker
99Antonio CassanoStriker
Players to Watch
Sergio Pellissier
Sergio Pellissier
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 31
Games Goals YC RC
22 1 5 2
Arguably Chievo's greatest-ever player and their Captain Marvel, Pellissier netted his 100th league goal in a Gialloblu jersey against Catania at the weekend, and is once again set to lead the line for his team against the title challengers. Six goals and eight assists this season only further emphasises his importance to the Flying Donkey cause, and, alongside former Milan youngster Alberto Paloschi, who has also stepped up to the plate in recent weeks, they could be a real handful for the Rossoneri rearguard. 
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
He may not have inspired his team to victory against Fiorentina, nor did he rise to the occasion against Barcelona in the Champions League, but Ibrahimovic still remains AC Milan's most potent goalscoring threat. The Swede has earned point after point for the Milanese giants this term, with his display during the reverse fixture in November a particular standout. Nonetheless, Ibra will be hoping to increase his tally in front of goal in Verona on Tuesday. 
Prediction
AC Milan's form against Chievo is mightily impressive, so that coupled with the champions' mentality to bounce back in the face of adversity and and their hosts' poor displays at the Bentegodi should see the title holders' put on a strong performance. Expect Ibrahimovic to prove decisive in this one.
Editor's Prediction
Chievo 0

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