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  • 9 September 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
  • Referee: G. Rocchi
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AC Milan - Lazio Preview: Holders looking to start with a win in Serie A opener

AC Milan - Lazio Preview: Holders looking to start with a win in Serie A opener

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The defending Italian league champions will look to kick off the new campaign with a win over at San Siro on Friday, despite numerous injury worries for Massimiliano Allegri


PROBABLE LINEUPS
AC Milan (4-3-1-2): Abbiati; Abate, Nesta, Thiago Silva, Zambrotta; Gattuso, Ambrosini, Seedorf; Boateng; Pato, Ibrahimovic


Massimiliano Allegri will be without a host of players when the champions host Lazio on Friday. Mark van Bommel, Robinho and summer signings Taye Taiwo and Philippe Mexes are sidelined with injuries, while Mathieu Flamini has been ruled out for five months after rupturing ligaments in his knee. Newcomers Alberto Aquilani and Antonio Nocerino could make their Milan debuts but are likely to start from the bench at San Siro.

Lazio (4-2-3-1): Bizzarri; Konko, Biava, Dias, Radu; Ledesma, Brocchi; Mauri, Hernanes, Cisse; Klose


Giuseppe Sculli and Marius Stankevicius will miss the trip to Milan due to injuries while Federico Marchetti is suspended. Summer acquisitions Djibril Cisse and Miroslav Klose will feature up front for the visitors.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • AC Milan have succumbed to only one league defeat during the 2011 calendar year.
  • The San Siro outfit have lost only one Serie A opener in the last 28 seasons.
  • Massimiliano Allegri's men beat city rivals Inter 2-1 in Beijing to lift the Supercoppa Italiana last month.
  • The Rossoneri conceded the least amount of goals in Serie A last season (24).
  • Milan finished the 2010-11 campaign with an eight-game unbeaten streak in the league. 
  • Lazio have held Milan to draws in their last three encounters.
  • Edy Reja's side kept 14 clean sheets in Serie A last season.
  • The Stadio Olimpico outfit did not have a player in the top 10 of the goalscoring charts last term.
  • Stefano Mauri finished joint-fourth for assists in the Italian top flight with nine to his name.

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Available Squads
32Christian AbbiatiGoalkeeper
20Ignazio AbateDefender
13Alessandro NestaDefender
4Thiago SilvaDefender
3Luca AntoniniDefender
8Gennaro Ivan GattusoMidfielder
13Massimo AmbrosiniMidfielder
10Alberto AquilaniMidfielder
9Kevin-Prince BoatengMidfielder
99Antonio CassanoStriker
10Zlatan IbrahimovicStriker
14Marco AmeliaGoalkeeper
33Mario YepesDefender
25Daniele BoneraDefender
-Antonio NocerinoMidfielder
17Mark van BommelMidfielder
8Urby EmanuelsonMidfielder
9Alexandre PatoStriker
1Albano BizzarriGoalkeeper
3Andrè DiasDefender
20Giuseppe BiavaDefender
78Luciano ZauriDefender
29Abdoulay KonkoDefender
32Cristian BrocchiMidfielder
24Cristian LedesmaMidfielder
6Stefano MauriMidfielder
-HernanesMidfielder
9Djibril CisséStriker
11Miroslav KloseStriker
30Pablo CarrizoGoalkeeper
21Modibo DiakiteDefender
19Senad LulicMidfielder
15Alvaro GonzalezMidfielder
-MatuzalemMidfielder
27Libor KozákStriker
9Tommaso RocchiStriker
Players to Watch
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Swedish striker played an integral role in leading the San Siro side to the Serie A title last season and will look to sprint out of the starting blocks with a big game on Friday.
Miroslav Klose
Miroslav Klose
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 0 0
The German scoring machine joined the capital outfit in the summer and will be counted on to provide the firepower against the defending Serie A champions.
Prediction
Milan will begin the defence of their Scudetto with a slender win courtesy of goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alexandre Pato.
Editor's Prediction
Lazio 1

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