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  • 7 April 2012
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AC Milan - Fiorentina Preview: Allegri's men aim to bounce back with win against struggling Viola

AC Milan - Fiorentina Preview: Allegri's men aim to bounce back with win against struggling Viola

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The Rossoneri were disappointingly knocked out of the Champions League by Barcelona in midweek, but will resume domestic affairs on Saturday when Delio Rossi's side come to town


PROBABLE LINEUPS
AC MILAN

Abbiati
Abate, Bonera, Mexes, Antonini
Aquilani, Muntari, Nocerino
Emanuelson
Ibrahimovic, Robinho
FIORENTINA

Boruc
Cassani, Natali, Nastasic, Pasqual
Marchionni, Behrami, Olivera, Vargas
Lazzari
Jovetic

Massimiliano Allegri will again have to make do without the services of Mark van Bommel, Thiago Silva, Filippo Inzaghi, Rodney Strasser, Flavio Roma and Mathieu Flamini, while Alexandre Pato is out for the rest of the season due to a troublesome muscle injury.

However, that should not deter the 44-year-old from making changes to his team, as three are expected to be made from the side that was defeated 3-1 by Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Alberto Aquilani, Sulley Muntari and Urby Emanuelson look set to replace Clarence Seedorf, Massimo Ambrosini and Kevin-Prince Boateng for the visit of Fiorentina.

Viola, meanwhile, have seen themselves tumble down the table at an alarming pace, following a wretched run of form of late. Nonetheless, widespread alterations are not expected from under-fire coach Delio Rossi.

Amauri requires a late fitness test, while Riccardo Montolivo is suspended, so Andrea Lazzari and Ruben Olivera will come into the fold as their replacements. Alessandro Gamberini is also sidelined with injury, so Cesare Natali is set to start against the Rossoneri.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • The draw in the reverse fixture ended a run of seven straight wins for AC Milan against Fiorentina.
  • The Rossoneri boast Serie A's best attack with 60 goals - 22 of these have been netted by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
  • AC Milan have won nine of the 10 games in which they have been leading at home.
  • Their only defeat at San Siro in the league this season was in the derby against Inter.
  • Over the past decade, Fiorentina have managed to beat AC Milan in the league just once - a 3-1 win at the Artemio Franchi in November 2005.
  • The Viola's last victory at San Siro was back in 2001, with Enrico Chiesa scoring a double in a 2-1 win.
  • The Viola would be 18th in the Serie A standings if only the last 10 games were taken into consideration.
  • They have won just one match away from home this season, against Novara.

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Available Squads
32Christian AbbiatiGoalkeeper
5Philippe MexesDefender
19Gianluca Zambrotta Defender
20Ignazio AbateDefender
25Daniele BoneraDefender
4Sulley MuntariMidfielder
-Antonio NocerinoMidfielder
21Massimo AmbrosiniMidfielder
8Urby EmanuelsonMidfielder
10Zlatan IbrahimovicStriker
-Maxi LópezStriker
14Marco AmeliaGoalkeeper
33Mario YepesDefender
8Gennaro Ivan GattusoMidfielder
10Alberto AquilaniMidfielder
7RobinhoStriker
92Stephan El ShaarawyStriker
99Antonio CassanoStriker
31Artur BorucGoalkeeper
14Cesare NataliDefender
33Matija NastasicDefender
23Manuel PasqualDefender
29Lorenzo De SilvestriDefender
-Michele CamporeseDefender
-Houssine KharjaMidfielder
21Andrea LazzariMidfielder
85Valon BehramiMidfielder
35Stevan JoveticStriker
8Adem LjajicStriker
1Neto Goalkeeper
19FelipeDefender
-Ruben OliveraMidfielder
11Amidu SalifuMidfielder
32Marco MarchionniMidfielder
2Rômulo Midfielder
11AmauriStriker
Players to Watch
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Sweden international just can’t seem to stop scoring in Serie A and after another below-par showing against Barcelona during midweek, he will be eager to resume finding the back of the net in order to silence his critics. Needless to say, Ibra is of paramount importance to the Milan cause and is their reference point in everything they create on the pitch.
The Sweden international just can’t seem to stop scoring in Serie A and after another below-par showing against Barcelona during midweek, he will be eager to resume finding the back of the net in order to silence his critics. Needless to say, Ibra is of paramount importance to the Milan cause and is their reference point in everything they create on the pitch.
Stevan Jovetic
Stevan Jovetic
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 35
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Montenegro international has been one of the only bright spots in a wretched season for the Tuscans and is currently leading the goalscoring charts for his side, having netted 12 times in the league so far this term. However, he has now gone five games without a goal, so he will be desperate to put an end to his barren spell at the San Siro shopping window.
Prediction
Fiorentina's woes look set to continue for another week it seems as Milan should have no problems in disposing of the Viola, who have won just one of their past nine matches, including six defeats. The Rossoneri also have added impetus after two poor results against Catania and Barcelona, but have more than enough in their locker to earn a comfortable victory on Saturday.
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