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November 3, 2012 10:30 PM IST
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza — Milano
Referee:‬ P. Giacomelli‎
Attendance:‬ 49000‎

AC Milan - Chievo Preview: Rossoneri aim to kick-start season against revitalised Flying Donkeys

Last year's runners-up were left to rue yet more dropped points in Sicily midweek and now face the Gialloblu, who have been given a new lease of life under Eugenio Corini

By Livio Caferoglu

Alessandro Nesta - Chievo-Milan - Serie A (Getty Images)


Mexes, Zapata, Yepes
Abate, Nocerino, Montolivo, Emanuelson
Bojan, Pato, El Shaarawy

Frey, Dainelli, Andreolli, Drame
Guana, L. Rigoni, M. Rigoni
Luciano, Pellissier

AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri remains deprived of several first-team names in the form of Robinho, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Luca Antonini - all of whom are expected to return to action within the next fortnight - and the suspended Daniele Bonera.

Elsewhere, Djamel Mesbah, Mattia De Sciglio, Rodney Strasser and Didac Vila are similarly crocked, but should mark their returns in the near future.

With the 3-5-2 formation, used in the 2-2 draw with Palermo on Tuesday, set to be scrapped in favour of a 3-4-3, two personnel changes are expected. Out of the team go Kevin Constant and Mathieu Flamini and in their places will be Bojan Krkic, who will take up the right-hand side of the three-pronged attack, and Urby Emanuelson in midfield.

Meanwhile, Chievo have experienced a marked improvement of late following the dismissal of Domenico Di Carlo in early October. The side had slumped to five straight defeats under the former Sampdoria coach, but since the appointment of club legend Eugenio Corini, three wins in their last five matches have helped steady the ship.

They must cater for injuries to four players - Lorenzo Squizzi, Alberto Paloschi, Gennaro Sardo and Cesar - but are expected to make just one alteration to the team that beat Pescara 2-0, as Perparim Hetemaj looks likely to be replaced by Marco Rigoni.

  • AC Milan have failed to register consecutive victories in 2012-13 to date.
  • However, their record against Chievo is strong, winning 15 of their 20 previous meetings, including the last 10.
  • This time last season, the Rossoneri were joint-top with Juventus in the Serie A table and nine points better off.
  • Chievo have won just two of these matches - the last coming in December 2005.
  • Their 2-0 win over Pescara midweek was their first clean sheet since the opening matchday.
  • They lie just one point behind their Milanese counterparts in the standings, in 15th place.

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Serie A ‎(SR-A)‎ 30-Mar-2014 Milan 3 - Chievo 0
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Serie A ‎(SR-A)‎ 10-Nov-2013 Chievo 0 - Milan 0
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Serie A ‎(SR-A)‎ 30-Mar-2013 Chievo 0 - Milan 1
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Serie A ‎(SR-A)‎ 03-Nov-2012 Milan 5 - Chievo 1
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Serie A ‎(SR-A)‎ 11-Apr-2012 Chievo 0 - Milan 1
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14-Apr-2014Milan 1 - Catania 0SR-A
08-Apr-2014Genoa 1 - Milan 2SR-A
30-Mar-2014Milan 3 - Chievo 0SR-A
27-Mar-2014Fiorentina 0 - Milan 2SR-A
24-Mar-2014Lazio 1 - Milan 1SR-A
13-Apr-2014Livorno 2 - Chievo 4SR-A
05-Apr-2014Chievo 0 - Verona 1SR-A
30-Mar-2014Milan 3 - Chievo 0SR-A
27-Mar-2014Chievo 3 - Bologna 0SR-A
23-Mar-2014Chievo 0 - AS Roma 2SR-A
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Available Squads
32Christian AbbiatiGoalkeeper
5Philippe MexesDefender
17Cristian ZapataDefender
20Ignazio AbateDefender
21Kevin Constant Midfielder
18Riccardo MontolivoMidfielder
21Massimo AmbrosiniMidfielder
28Urby EmanuelsonMidfielder
11Giampaolo PazziniStriker
-Bojan KrkicStriker
92Stephan El ShaarawyStriker
1Marco AmeliaGoalkeeper
2Mattia De SciglioDefender
15Francesco AcerbiDefender
33Mario YepesDefender
-Antonio NocerinoMidfielder
9Kevin-Prince BoatengMidfielder
-Bakaye TraoréMidfielder
20Mathieu FlaminiMidfielder
34Nigel De JongMidfielder
9Alexandre PatoStriker
9M'Baye NiangStriker
1Stefano SorrentinoGoalkeeper
3Dario DainelliDefender
6Marco AndreolliDefender
21Nicolas Sebastien FreyDefender
-Paul PappDefender
93Boukary DraméDefender
5Roberto GuanaMidfielder
56Perparim HetemajMidfielder
31Sergio PellissierStriker
77Cyril ThereauStriker
1Christian PuggioniGoalkeeper
-Sergio ViottiGoalkeeper
17Bojan JokicDefender
17Gennaro SardoDefender
10Marco RigoniMidfielder
14Isaac CofieMidfielder
27Luca RigoniMidfielder
25Kamil VacekMidfielder
10Davide MoscardelliStriker
27Mamadou SamassaStriker
-David Di MicheleStriker
39Adrian StoianMidfielder
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Ciro Immobile Ciro Immobile
19 0
Carlos Tévez Carlos Tévez
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17 5
Luca Toni Luca Toni
Hellas Verona
17 2
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
15 0