Serie A Preview: Catania - AC Milan
The Sicilians have had an impressive campaign, sitting just six points out of fifth place, while the visitors look to take a step closer to a second consecutive Scudetto.
By Adam Scime
Belluschi, Legrottaglie, Spolli
Barrientos, Izco, Lodi, Almiron, Marchese
Zambrotta, Bonera, Mexes, Antonini
Aquilani, Ambrosini, Nocerino
Ibrahimovic, El Shaarawy
Coach Vincenzo Montella will be without defender Alessandro Potenza and midfielder Marco Biagianti due to injury, but fullback Marco Motta is available for selection once again and could start despite Pablo Barrientos being favored to be selected on the right of midfield.
Playmaker and set-piece specialist, Fracesco Lodi, should pull the strings in midfield behind pacy attacking duo Alejandro Gomez and Gonzalo Bergessio.
Conversely, coming off a spirited defensive performance that saw them hold Champions league holder Barcelona to a 0-0 draw, a fatigued Milan is dealing with several absences.
Midfielder Sulley Muntari and left back Djamel Mesbah are serving suspensions. Mark van Bommel is available once again after being banned, but along with veteran defender Alessandro Nesta, is unlikely to be risked ahead of the second leg at Camp Nou on Tuesday night.
Star center back Thiago Silva's continued absence due to a knock he picked up in the 2-1 win over Roma means that Gianluca Zambrotta and Daniele Bonera should once again feature in the first XI despite the recent recovery of right-back Ignazio Abate from a muscle injury.
Meanwhile, striker Maxi Lopez could take on the team he left this winter to move to San Siro, but seems more likely to start from the bench with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Stephan El Shaarawy set to feature in attack.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- Catania has only lost one of its last 10 matches, a 3-1 defeat to Juventus back on Feb. 18 in Turin.
- The Sicilians have only lost twice at Stadio Angelo Massimino this season and currently sit an impressive seventh place in Serie A.
- Catania lost 4-0 to the Rossoneri in November at San Siro.
- AC Milan has won its last four Serie A games, with Ibrahimovic scoring seven times during that span.
- Massimiliano Allegri's men have 10 away victories in Serie A this season, more than any other side in the division.
- A league-high total of 17 different players have scored for Milan this campaign.
Top 3 Predictions
Catania 0-3 Milan
- 26.36 %
Catania 0-2 Milan
- 21.44 %
Catania 1-3 Milan
- 9.93 %
|Serie A (SR-A)||Dec 1, 2013||Catania 1 - Milan 3|
|Serie A (SR-A)||Apr 28, 2013||Milan 4 - Catania 2|
|Serie A (SR-A)||Nov 30, 2012||Catania 1 - Milan 3|
|Serie A (SR-A)||Mar 31, 2012||Catania 1 - Milan 1|
|Serie A (SR-A)||Nov 6, 2011||Milan 4 - Catania 0|
|Dec 14, 2013||Catania 0 - Verona 0||SR-A|
|Dec 8, 2013||Sampdoria 2 - Catania 0||SR-A|
|Dec 1, 2013||Catania 1 - Milan 3||SR-A|
|Nov 24, 2013||Torino 4 - Catania 1||SR-A|
|Nov 9, 2013||Catania 1 - Udinese 0||SR-A|
|13||Mariano Julio Izco||Midfielder|
|8||Gennaro Ivan Gattuso||Midfielder|
|92||Stephan El Shaarawy||Striker|
Live Final scheduled Suspended Cancelled Postponed