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January 29, 2011 7:45 PM GMT
Stadio Angelo Massimino — Catania
Referee:‬ P. Tagliavento‎
Attendance:‬ 20000‎
 
 
Robinho 58′
 

Serie A Preview: Catania - Milan

The Rossoneri will confront one of the toughest away fixtures in Serie A as they travel to Sicily to take on Catania...

By Subhankar Mondal

Diego Pablo Simeone - Mascara - Parma-Catania - Serie A (Getty Images)
Counting On Home Form

Catania boast one of the best home records in Serie A as the Sicilian side have proved again and again that they are a formidable side in their own backyard. So far this campaign the Etnei have lost just twice at the Stadio Angelo Massimino and those defeats came at the hands of Juventus and Inter.

However, Catania's terrible away results (or lack of them) have pushed them to 16th in the league standings on 22 points from 21 matches, just three above the relegation zone. Diego Simeone's side have yet to register a victory in the league this new year as they have lost three of the four Serie A encounters and also bowed out of the Coppa Italia after going down 2-0 to Juventus in Turin in the Round of 16.

It's desperate time for Catania as they need maximum points against Milan to continue their fight against survival in the Italian top flight. In the reverse fixture at San Siro in September the Rossazzurri collected a point after drawing 1-1 and this weekend they will be trying to achieve at least a similar result.

Coach Simeone has urged his players to forget last weekend's defeat to Parma and concentrate on the encounter against Milan. The Argentine said,"We made too many sloppy mistakes and I can't allow that. We must correct that.

"There was also a drop in concentration and you cannot afford to do that in this competition. We will have to play a perfect game against Milan if we are to get a result.''

Back Up And Running

Milan's start to the new year had been somewhat stuttering as after a late goal secured them a 1-0 victory in Cagliari, they failed to win against Udinese and Lecce, allowing the other Scudetto challengers to close the gap.

However, Massimiliano Allegri's side have since turned the tide and are currently on a three-game winning streak. Having dismissed Bari 3-0 in the Coppa Italia Round of 16, the Diavolo defeated Cesena 2-0 at San Siro last weekend and in midweek got the better of Sampdoria 2-1 in Genoa to force their way into the semi-finals of the Italian Cup.

Milan lead the Serie A standings by just four points from second-placed Napoli and are themselves on 44 points after 21 matches. Having gone six competitive matches in 2011 without suffering a loss, the former Italian and European champions will be hopeful of a positive result in Catania.



TEAM NEWS

Catania


Biagianti, Potenza, Llama and Izco are injured and will miss the visit of Milan.

Milan

Boateng, Zambrotta, Inzaghi, Amelia, Pirlo, Jankulovski, Nesta, Gattuso, Seedorf, Flamini, Strasser and Abate are injured and will miss the trip to Sicily.


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Last Five Matches
Catania
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
Mar 23, 2014Catania 0 - Juventus 1ITA1
AC Milan
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
Mar 23, 2014Lazio 1 - AC Milan 1ITA1
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
21Mariano AndújarGoalkeeper
-Blazej AugustynDefender
26Matías SilvestreDefender
3Nicolás SpolliDefender
33Ciro CapuanoDefender
-Ezequiel CarboniMidfielder
8Pablo LedesmaMidfielder
-Francesco Fabio SciaccaMidfielder
-Alejandro GómezMidfielder
7Maxi LópezStriker
46Giuseppe MascaraStriker
-Tomáš KošickýGoalkeeper
15Giovanni MarcheseDefender
6MartinhoMidfielder
22Simone PesceMidfielder
-Adrian RicchiutiMidfielder
-Takayuki MorimotoStriker
32Christian AbbiatiGoalkeeper
25Daniele BoneraDefender
33Mario YepesDefender
4Thiago SilvaDefender
3Luca AntoniniDefender
21Massimo AmbrosiniMidfielder
17Mark van BommelMidfielder
-Alexander MerkelMidfielder
7RobinhoStriker
10Zlatan IbrahimovicStriker
99Antonio CassanoStriker
30Flavio RomaGoalkeeper
25Sokratis PapastathopoulosDefender
-Massimo OddoDefender
-Marek JankulovskiDefender
-Simone CalvanoMidfielder
28Urby EmanuelsonMidfielder
9Alexandre PatoStriker
Probable Lineups
Mariano Andújar 21
Blazej Augustyn 0
Matías Silvestre 26
Nicolás Spolli 3
Ciro Capuano 33
Ezequiel Carboni 0
Pablo Ledesma 8
Francesco Fabio Sciacca 0
Alejandro Gómez 0
Maxi López 7
Giuseppe Mascara 46
Christian Abbiati 32
Daniele Bonera 25
Mario Yepes 33
Thiago Silva 4
Luca Antonini 3
Massimo Ambrosini 21
Mark van Bommel 17
Alexander Merkel 0
Robinho 7
Zlatan Ibrahimovic 10
Antonio Cassano 99
Prediction
Catania are strong at home and will have the confidence of getting at least something from their encounter against Milan. The Rossoneri, though, are back in form but one suspects that the Sicilians could just about pull off a surprise.

Editor's Prediction
Milan 2
Results
 
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