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January 12, 2014 7:45 PM GMT
Stadio Città del Tricolore — Reggio Emilia
Referee:‬ A. De Marco‎
Attendance:‬ 17430‎
 

Sassuolo-AC Milan Preview: Rossoneri target back-to-back wins

The hosts have lost five matches in a row and sit in the Serie A relegation zone, leaving Massimiliano Allegri hopeful his men can claim another victory this weekend

Sassuolo coach Eusebio Di Francesco
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AC Milan are the visitors to the Stadio Citta del Tricolore as Sassuolo's search for a first goal since December 1 continues on Sunday.

A five-game losing streak has left Eusebio Di Francesco's side in the Serie A relegation zone and out of the Coppa Italia.

The goals have dried up completely since last month's 2-2 draw at Cagliari, when the top-flight newcomers surrendered maximum points despite leading by two goals with 17 minutes to play.

A run of 521 minutes without finding the net since then has suddenly put a different complexion on Sassuolo's campaign, which had looked a little more promising when they were just three points off ninth in late November.

This fixture marks the halfway stage of the league season and, while the hosts' struggles may have come as little surprise to most, the Rossoneri's poor form has been one of the major talking points.

Monday's 3-0 home win over Atalanta, inspired in part by Kaka's double, eased some of the gloom following the 1-0 loss to bitter rivals Inter before the mid-season break.

Head coach Massimiliano Allegri has already confirmed that he will step down at the end of this term but his focus for now will be on rescuing a dismal season.

The three-point haul last time out lifted the San Siro outfit up to 11th but, with the club having only finished outside the top four once in the last 12 seasons, the supporters have far higher expectations.

And that has perhaps been a contributing factor to a dismal home record that has seen Milan claim just one league win in their own back yard.

Sassuolo have the worst home record in the division, with eight matches yielding just seven points and eight goals.

Milan will look to some of their big-name players to turn things around, with Mario Balotelli having dismissed reports that he will leave in the January transfer window. The Italian will be bidding to add to his 11-goal tally in all competitions this term.

One player who is unlikely to be involved is back-up goalkeeper Marco Amelia, who requested a move away from the club on Friday.



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Italy - Serie A ‎(ITA1)‎ Jan 12, 2014 Sassuolo 4 - AC Milan 3
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Last Five Matches
Sassuolo
Apr 19, 2014Chievo 0 - Sassuolo 1ITA1
Apr 12, 2014Sassuolo 1 - Cagliari 1ITA1
Apr 6, 2014Atalanta 0 - Sassuolo 2ITA1
Mar 30, 2014Sassuolo 0 - Roma 2ITA1
Mar 26, 2014Sassuolo 1 - Sampdoria 2ITA1
AC Milan
Apr 19, 2014AC Milan 3 - Livorno 0ITA1
Apr 13, 2014AC Milan 1 - Catania 0ITA1
Apr 7, 2014Genoa 1 - AC Milan 2ITA1
Mar 29, 2014AC Milan 3 - Chievo 0ITA1
Mar 26, 2014Fiorentina 0 - AC Milan 2ITA1
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