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  • March 8, 2013
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, Genova
  • Referee: A. Damato
  • • Attendance: 36700
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Serie A Preview: Genoa-Milan

Serie A Preview: Genoa-Milan

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This is a fixture laced with tragedy and tensions are always high whenever these sides clash, but both also have plenty to play for heading into Friday's match.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

GENOA

Frey
Bovo, Portanova, Morretti
Pisano, Kucka, Tozser, Vargas, Antonelli
Bertolacci
Borriello
AC MILAN

Abbiati
Abate, Zapata, Mexes, Constant
Flamini, Ambrosini, Montolivo
Boateng, Balotelli, El Shaarawy

Four years ago AC Milan supporters wouldn’t have been allowed to travel to the Stadio Luigi Ferraris. In 1995, a Genoa fan was stabbed to death by Milan ultras outside this stadium, and it was only in 2010 that the ban on away fans was lifted.

Both sets of ultras would do well to keep their team’s targets in mind when this match kicks off on Friday. AC Milan is just five points behind Napoli ahead of the 28th round of fixtures and Genoa is fighting to stay above the relegation zone.

Milan head coach Massimiliano Allegri has as close to a full squad as he could hope to have this late in the season, with only defender Didac Vila and midfielder Nigel de Jong out injured.

Philippe Mexes returns from suspension and will start in the center of defense for the Rossoneri, who will no doubt have one eye on next week’s Champions League match away to Barcelona.

Genoa, which lost 3-1 to Roma the last time out, will be missing striker Antonio Floro Flores, who has a muscle problem, and midfielders Marco Rossi and Ruben Olivera will both miss out due to calf strains.

Enis Nadarevic is injured as well, and while Brazilian midfielder Matuzalem returns from suspension he has been experiencing muscle problems and could miss out. Midfielder Juraj Kucka is suspended.

 
  DID YOU KNOW?
  • AC Milan has posted the best record in Serie A since the last time it faced Genoa - an Oct. 27 match that ended 1-0 in favor of the Rossoneri.
  • Milan has not loss in Serie A this calendar year, and its only defeat in 2013 in all competitions came against Juventus in the Coppa Italia.
  • Giampaolo Pazzini’s brace in Milan’s 3-0 win over Lazio last weekend took him to 12 Serie A goals on the season. He and Stephan El Shaarawy have combined for 26 tallies so far this season. The next-highest goalscorer for the Rossoneri is Mario Balotelli, with four.
  • Genoa has won just three times in Serie A since the end of November - a stretch of 13 matches that now has it fourth-from-bottom in the division.
  • Striker Marco Borriello, who represented Milan between 2008 and 2010, is Genoa’s highest scorer this season with eight goals.
  • Genoa last beat Milan in 2010 and have since taken just one of a possible 15 points from the Rossoneri.

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Sep 14, 2014Fiorentina 0 - Genoa 0SR-A
Aug 31, 2014Genoa 1 - Napoli 2SR-A
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May 18, 2014Genoa 1 - AS Roma 0SR-A
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Milan
Sep 14, 2014Parma 4 - Milan 5SR-A
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Odds
Team News
Available Squads
1Sebastien FreyGoalkeeper
5Cesare BovoDefender
4Andreas GranqvistDefender
13Luca AntonelliDefender
24Emiliano MorettiDefender
2Mattia CassaniDefender
90Daniele PortanovaDefender
66Juan VargasMidfielder
91Andrea BertolacciMidfielder
-Daniel TozserMidfielder
88Marco BorrielloStriker
30Alexandros TzorvasGoalkeeper
60Antonio DonnarummaGoalkeeper
-Damiano FerronettiDefender
3Eros PisanoDefender
11Bosko JankovicStriker
10Marco RigoniMidfielder
10C. JorqueraMidfielder
-Ciro ImmobileStriker
32Christian AbbiatiGoalkeeper
2Mattia De SciglioDefender
5Philippe MexesDefender
17Cristian ZapataDefender
-Kevin Constant Midfielder
4Sulley MuntariMidfielder
20Mathieu FlaminiMidfielder
18Riccardo MontolivoMidfielder
11Giampaolo PazziniStriker
78M'Baye NiangStriker
92Stephan El ShaarawyStriker
14Marco AmeliaGoalkeeper
-GabrielGoalkeeper
20Ignazio AbateDefender
33Mario YepesDefender
81Cristian ZaccardoDefender
-Antonio NocerinoMidfielder
-Bakaye TraoréMidfielder
9Kevin-Prince BoatengMidfielder
13Massimo AmbrosiniMidfielder
-RobinhoStriker
-Bojan KrkicStriker
45Mario BalotelliStriker
Players to Watch
Luca Antonelli
Luca Antonelli
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 13
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 0 0
Mario Balotelli
Mario Balotelli
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 45
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

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