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Serie A

  • 7 December 2013
  • • 17:00
  • • Stadio Armando Picchi, Livorno
  • Referee: M. Guida
  • • Attendance: 15706

Livorno-AC Milan Preview: Rossoneri hope to continue mini-revival

Livorno-AC Milan Preview: Rossoneri hope to continue mini-revival

Massimiliano Allegri's men have had a difficult start to the season, but can make it three wins in three games with a win on Saturday

Resurgent Milan will be fancied to continue their upturn in fortunes when they travel to struggling Livorno on Saturday.

Massimiliano Allegri's side secured their first away victory of the season in Serie A with a 3-1 win over Catania last weekend.

That triumph came five days after Milan's 3-0 Champions League win at Celtic, and a run of five games without defeat has lifted the gloom at San Siro.

In-form midfielder Kaka scored for the third game in a row at Catania, while striker Mario Balotelli made it two goals in as many games.

Milan could welcome back goalkeeper Christian Abbiati (back) and defender Philippe Mexes (eye) at Livorno, but defender Ignazio Abate (ankle) is a doubt and forward Robinho (shoulder) is definitely out.

Long-term absentee Giampaolo Pazzini (knee) is closing in on a return and the striker - who has been out since May - is relishing the prospect of helping Milan climb the table.

He said: "We're a good group, we've always been that and this year is the same. I just want to get back playing and helping my team-mates.

"Confidence comes from winning and the victory against Celtic was good for us. When will I be back? I'm close."

Allegri's charges will fancy their chances of making it three consecutive wins on their travels at Stadio Armando Picchi this weekend.

Livorno have slumped to three defeats in a row and find themselves languishing in the relegation zone, with coach Davide Nicola reportedly fighting to save his job.

Nicola's side have also failed to score in each of those three defeats and have registered only three victories on their return to Serie A.

Full-back Cristiano Piccini and attacking midfielder Ruben Botta are injured for Saturday's encounter, while goalkeeper Alfonso De Lucia is still suspended.

Livorno were beaten 3-0 at fellow strugglers Chievo last weekend, and Brazilian midfielder Emerson is determined to help turn their fortunes around.

"We must prepare for Milan at the most. They are a great champion," he told the club's official website.

He added: "I too am a rookie in (Serie) A. Being here is fantastic and the debut with Rome was the most beautiful moment. Now that I'm in I want to stay there."

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