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September 18, 2010 7:45 PM BST
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Serie A Preview: Milan - Catania

The Rossoneri will aim to maintain their momentum...

By Subhankar Mondal

Ibrahimovic & Ronaldinho - Milan (Getty Images)
Mixed Start

Milan's 2010-11 campaign started on a high as they thumped Lecce 4-0 in their first game of the new Serie A season but last weekend the Rossoneri slumped to a 2-0 defeat to newly promoted Cesena.

However, Massimiliano Allegri's side bounced back in style in midweek, defeating Auxerre 2-0 at home in their opening match in the Champions League. Summer signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored both the goals against the French side and indeed is looking forward to scoring again on Saturday evening.

"There was a lot of pressure at Cesena as everyone had high expectations,'' said Ibrahimovic. "I had only just arrived.

"I'm delighted to have scored against Auxerre in front of the home fans and I am confident this is only the beginning. I believe I can do very well with this team.''

High On Confidence

Catania had to struggle for survival for much of last season and indeed some observers believe that the Sicilians could do the same this time around too. However, after a 2-1 defeat to Chievo in Verona in their first league fixture of the season, the Rossazzurri won 2-1 against Parma at home.

Defeating Milan at the San Siro is not going to be easy for Catania and coach Marco Giampaolo wasn't very impressed with their performance against Parma either.

He explained, "The three points taken against Parma give the team a boost in confidence. But I am by no means happy. We didn't play well against Parma and we still have to make that leap in quality.''

Whether Catania can inflate their quality to match that of Milan remains to be seen.



Flamini, Ambrosini and Pato are injured and unavailable. This means that Robinho is likely to replace Pato on the right from the start.

Probable Lineup (4-3-3): Abbiati, Bonera, Nesta, Thiago Silva, Antonini; Boateng, Pirlo, Seedorf; Robinho, Ibrahimovic, Ronaldinho


Sciacca is unavailable for the Sicilians.

Probable Lineup (4-3-1-2):
Andujar, Potenza, Silvestre, Spolli, Capuano; Biagianti, Carboni, Ledesma; Ricchiuti; Lopez, Mascara

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Last Five Matches
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
Apr 19, 2014Catania 2 - Sampdoria 1ITA1
Apr 13, 2014AC Milan 1 - Catania 0ITA1
Apr 6, 2014Catania 1 - Torino 2ITA1
Mar 31, 2014Udinese 1 - Catania 0ITA1
Mar 26, 2014Catania 2 - SSC Napoli 4ITA1
Team News
Available Squads
32Christian AbbiatiGoalkeeper
25Daniele BoneraDefender
4Thiago SilvaDefender
13Alessandro NestaDefender
3Luca AntoniniDefender
-C. SeedorfManager/Coach
21Andrea PirloMidfielder
9Kevin-Prince BoatengMidfielder
18Filippo InzaghiStriker
10Zlatan IbrahimovicStriker
1Marco AmeliaGoalkeeper
19Gianluca Zambrotta Defender
25Sokratis PapastathopoulosDefender
33Mario YepesDefender
20Ignazio AbateDefender
8Gennaro Ivan GattusoMidfielder
-Nnamdi OduamadiMidfielder
Players to Watch
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Ibrahimovic was on target twice against Auxerre in the Champions League in midweek and the Sweden international striker appears to have settled into life at Milan. The former Juventus and Inter forward will again play centrally and will look to score in the league.
Maxi López
Maxi López
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
9 1 2 1
Maxi Lopez will be Catania's main attacking weapon against a Milan backline that still looks vulnerable. An early goal for the Argentine could just make life tricky for the Rossoneri.
Probable Lineups
Christian Abbiati 32
Daniele Bonera 25
Thiago Silva 4
Alessandro Nesta 13
Luca Antonini 3
C. Seedorf 0
Andrea Pirlo 21
Kevin-Prince Boateng 9
Filippo Inzaghi 18
Zlatan Ibrahimovic 10
Ronaldinho 10
Mariano Andújar 21
Alessandro Potenza 0
Nicolás Spolli 3
Matías Silvestre 26
Ciro Capuano 33
Marco Biagianti 27
Adrian Ricchiuti 0
Ezequiel Carboni 0
Mariano Julio Izco 13
Giuseppe Mascara 46
Maxi López 7
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Ciro Immobile Ciro Immobile
20 0
Luca Toni Luca Toni
Hellas Verona
18 2
Carlos Tévez Carlos Tévez
18 1
Gonzalo Higuaín Gonzalo Higuaín
17 5
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
15 0