AC Milan-Torino Preview: Rossoneri clambering for Champions League qualification
Massimiliano Allegri has fresh injury worries as his side look to move a step closer to securing a spot in the top three with victory over the Serie A strugglers
By Harry Slavin
The Rossoneri also look set to be without on-loan striker Bojan Krkic for the end of season run-in after the 22-year-old sustained a thigh injury, but there is better news for Massimiliano Allegri at the back as Christian Abbiati could return to take his place between the sticks.
Meanwhile, opposition coach Giampiero Ventura has a juggling act to perform as he contemplates resting players for his side’s vital relegation clash with Genoa, just three days after his side visit Milan.
Strikers Rolando Bianchi and Riccardo Meggiorini started the Turin derby against Juventus last weekend but both could be rested on Sunday, with Udinese loanee Paulo Barreto taking up the lone forward role.
Valerio Di Cesare is expected to deputise in central defence for the suspended Kamil Glik after the Pole was sent off in last weekend’s derby defeat.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- AC Milan have scored in every home match they have played in 2013, notching 20 goals in nine games at San Siro.
The Rossoneri could have a big impact on this season’s Serie A relegation battle as Allegri’s men have to play three of the bottom five sides in their final four matches.
Right-back Ignazio Abate (pictured, right) signed for Milan from Torino back in 2009 having played 25 games for the Turin outfit.
This season’s reverse fixture saw Milan come from behind in Turin to beat Ventura’s side 4-2 in a game that was overshadowed by a season-ending injury to Nigel de Jong.
Torino have only picked up one win in their last nine matches in Serie A, a run that has seen them slip into a relegation dogfight.
Ventura’s men have been draw specialists on the road this season, with nine matches finishing all square on their travels - more than any other club in the division.
Top 3 Predictions
Milan 3-0 Torino
- 26.58 %
Milan 2-0 Torino
- 13.87 %
Milan 4-0 Torino
- 13.62 %
|Serie A (SR-A)||15-Sep-2013||Torino 2 - Milan 2|
|Serie A (SR-A)||05-May-2013||Milan 1 - Torino 0|
|Serie A (SR-A)||09-Dec-2012||Torino 2 - Milan 4|
|Serie A (SR-A)||20-Apr-2009||Milan 5 - Torino 1|
|Serie A (SR-A)||24-Nov-2008||Torino 2 - Milan 2|
|12-Dec-2013||Milan 0 - Ajax 0||UCL|
|07-Dec-2013||Livorno 2 - Milan 2||SR-A|
|01-Dec-2013||Catania 1 - Milan 3||SR-A|
|27-Nov-2013||Celtic 0 - Milan 3||UCL|
|24-Nov-2013||Milan 1 - Genoa 1||SR-A|
|92||Stephan El Shaarawy||Striker|
|2||Mattia De Sciglio||Defender|
|-||Valerio Di Cesare||Defender|
|10||Paulo Vitor Barreto||Striker|