Serie A Preview: Chievo – Milan
The Rossoneri will hope to bounce back from midweek's defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League...
By Subhankar Mondal
Recovering From The Shock
Last weekend Chievo suffered a huge defeat as they were destroyed 4-1 by Cagliari in Sardinia. It was the Flying Donkeys' first defeat in six competitive matches and punctuated their flow.
Chievo head into this weekend's encounter with Milan 12th in the league table with 31 points from 25 matches. With nine points separating them and the relegation zone and a ten-point gulf between them and a European place, Stefano Pioli's side are indeed placed as an also-ran this season.
However, Ceo will attempt to return to winning ways and will hope to put one on over the Rossoneri. They lost 3-1 at San Siro in the reverse fixture and will have revenge on their mind as well.
Concentrating On The League
Milan's run of two successive Serie A draws came to a screeching halt last weekend as Massimiliano Allegri's team destroyed Parma 4-0 at San Siro. January signing Antonio Cassano was the conductor of the orchestra as his terrific performance restored confidence in what was then a somewhat stuttering side.
However, in midweek the former Italian and European champions slumped to a 1-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at home in the first-leg of their round of 16 Champions League tie on Tuesday evening and are one foot out of Europe.
With a three-point advantage over second-place Napoli, Milan will now have to turn their focus back on the league and continue their stride towards their first Scudetto since 2004.
Winning in Verona against Chievo will not be easy but Milan do have a formidable record on the road this season, having lost just one away league fixture. The Diavolo have conceded just a miserly nine goals in 12 matches away from San Siro.
Bogliacino, Luciano and Marcolini are injured and will miss the visit of Milan. Mandelli and Sardo are suspended.
Pirlo, Zambrotta, Inzaghi, Bonera, Ambrosini and Abbiati are out injured for the Rossoneri.
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Top 3 Predictions
Chievo 0-2 AC Milan
- 23.53 %
Chievo 0-3 AC Milan
- 17.79 %
Chievo 1-0 AC Milan
- 12.6 %
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Mar 29, 2014||AC Milan 3 - Chievo 0|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Nov 10, 2013||Chievo 0 - AC Milan 0|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Mar 30, 2013||Chievo 0 - AC Milan 1|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Nov 3, 2012||AC Milan 5 - Chievo 1|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Apr 10, 2012||Chievo 0 - AC Milan 1|
|Apr 13, 2014||Livorno 2 - Chievo 4||ITA1|
|Apr 5, 2014||Chievo 0 - Hellas Verona 1||ITA1|
|Mar 29, 2014||AC Milan 3 - Chievo 0||ITA1|
|Mar 26, 2014||Chievo 3 - Bologna 0||ITA1|
|Mar 22, 2014||Chievo 0 - Roma 2||ITA1|
|21||Nicolas Sebastien Frey||Defender|
|17||Mark van Bommel||Midfielder|
|8||Gennaro Ivan Gattuso||Midfielder|
Kevin Constant has looked good and has been creative for Chievo this campaign and will be looking to showcase his skills and craft against the Rossoneri in Verona. With the Milanese defence still vulnerable at the back, Constant could be one to wreck havoc on them.
Antonio Cassano was Cup-tied for midweek's Champions League encounter with Tottenham Hotspur and there was a discernible lack of unpredictability and creativity upfront. The Italy international will return for the clash with Chievo and is likely to be drafted into the starting line-up. Cassano's ability to send his team-mates through on goal and create chances will be important in Verona.
A win for Milan is expected from this encounter but the Rossoneri haven't looked entirely convincing in recent weeks and Chievo will hope to conjure up an upset at home. The Flying Donkeys have shown time and again that they can raise their game against the bigger sides in Italy and could earn a draw with Allegri's team.