AC Milan - Siena Preview: Rossoneri to return from break against struggling Tuscans
Massimiliano Allegri's side suffered a 4-2 defeat against Roma before the winter hiatus, but will be optimistic of a win against the relegation candidates on Sunday
By Craig Turnbull
De Sciglio, Bonera, Acerbi, Constant
Nocerino, Ambrosini, Montolivo
Robinho, El Shaarawy
Neto, Paci, Felipe
Ang'lo, Bolzoni, D'Agost'no, V'ssola, Grosso
AC Milan will be hoping that they can find the form which catapulted them into the top half of the table before the winter break, when they play basement boys, Siena at San Siro this weekend.
The only main midfielder missing for the hosts is Nigel de Jong, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season. There is no Alexandre Pato either, has completed his move to Corinthians.
Marco Amelia could be preferred to Christian Abbiati in goal, while Mattia De Sciglio continues at right-back instead of Ignazio Abate. Philippe Mexes is suspended, with Francesco Acerbi likely to deputise.
Kevin-Prince Boateng, who was at the centre of the racist chants hurled by Pro Patria supporters in Thursday's friendly, in the whole.
Siena, meanwhile. have striker Emanuele Calaio suspended but no real injurry worries to contend with.
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AC Milan had won four of their last five matches in Serie A, including victory against the reigning champions Juventus, but slumped to a 4-2 defeat to Roma last time around.
- Stephan El Shaarawy has had 59 shots this season and is the leading marksman in Serie A, while Kevin-Prince Boateng has had 56 attempts at goal this term, but has only been able to find the net once.
- The Rossoneri have been insurmountable of late when facing Siena, and will be aiming to extend their winning run over the Bianconeri to eight games.
Siena have only ever beaten Milan once, back in 2005. A goal from Enrico Chiesa helped them on their way to a 2-1 win that day. But they have never recorded victory against them since then, or at San Siro.
The Tuscans have lost their last four league matches and their winless run could be extended to six games if they fail to grab victory here.
Siena are bottom of the table in Serie A having only managed 11 points from 18 games this year, yet, Gianluca Pegolo, (pictured, right) has more clean sheets (8) than Juventus' Gianluigi Buffon (7) in the league.
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Top 3 Predictions
Milan 3-0 Siena
- 18.44 %
Milan 3-1 Siena
- 15.3 %
Milan 2-0 Siena
- 13.11 %
|Italy - Serie A (SR-A)||May 19, 2013||Siena 1 - Milan 2|
|Italy - Serie A (SR-A)||Jan 6, 2013||Milan 2 - Siena 1|
|Italy - Serie A (SR-A)||Apr 29, 2012||Siena 1 - Milan 4|
|Italy - Serie A (SR-A)||Dec 17, 2011||Milan 2 - Siena 0|
|Italy - Serie A (SR-A)||Jan 17, 2010||Milan 4 - Siena 0|
|Dec 1, 2013||Catania 1 - Milan 3||SR-A|
|Nov 26, 2013||Celtic 0 - Milan 3||UCL|
|Nov 23, 2013||Milan 1 - Genoa 1||SR-A|
|Nov 10, 2013||Chievo 0 - Milan 0||SR-A|
|Nov 6, 2013||Barcelona 3 - Milan 1||UCL|
|2||Mattia De Sciglio||Defender|
|92||Stephan El Shaarawy||Striker|
|6||Mariano de Almeida Angelo||Defender|
|27||Cristiano Del Grosso||Defender|
|15||Pablo Hernan Dellafiore||Defender|