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Serie A

  • December 1, 2013
  • • 6:30 AM
  • • Stadio Angelo Massimino, Catania
  • Referee: N. Rizzoli
  • • Attendance: 17383

Serie A Preview: Catania - AC Milan

Serie A Preview: Catania - AC Milan

The news that Adriano Galliani will step down as Rossoneri chief has rocked the San Siro side, but they will look to return focus to the field on Sunday.

AC Milan will seek to end a five-game winless run in Serie A when the club travels to rock-bottom Catania on Sunday.

Massimiliano Allegri's men have underachieved this season and occupy the unfamiliar territory of the Italian top flight's bottom half after claiming just three wins from 13 matches.

A midweek 3-0 Champions League triumph over Celtic did help to lift some of the gloom - though vice-president Adriano Galliani's sudden departure claims have added to the Rossoneri's problems - but Allegri's charges need things to improve on the domestic front.

Away days have proven problematic for Milan this term, with the team's defensive frailties regularly exposed in a run of six domestic matches without a win on the road.

A clean sheet at Chievo in the club's last trip was a first away from San Siro for Milan this term, with Allegri's defense having leaked 13 goals in the previous five away fixtures.

Milan meets a team which, despite occupying bottom spot, is in fine form at home.

Luigi De Canio's charges are unbeaten at the Stadio Angelo Massimino since the beginning of September, a run stretching over five games.

Perhaps more impressively, they have conceded just one goal in that run, which has helped them remain in touch with the sides above them.

Milan was rocked by injuries to Robinho (shoulder) and Ignazio Abate (ankle) at Celtic Park, with both set to miss out this time.

The absence of the Brazilian will come as a relief to the home side, even if he has only scored two goals this season.

Despite the injury setbacks and poor league form, Milan does have history on its side in this fixture.The club did the double over Catania last season and has never lost in 14 previous league meetings.

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