Coppa Italia preview: AC Milan - Palermo
Milan will welcome Palermo to San Siro for the first-leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final on Wednesday
|AC Milan: Amelia; Abate, Yepes, Thiago Silva, Zambrotta; Pirlo; Flamini, Van Bommel, Seedorf; Cassano, Ibrahimovic
|Palermo: Sirigu; Cassani, Munoz, Bovo, Balzaretti; Migliaccio, Liverani, Nocerino; Pastore; Miccoli, Pinilla||
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- AC Milan are undefeated this season when they score first.
- Massimiliano Allegri's men have succumbed to only one domestic defeat in the calendar year.
- Milan haven't won the Coppa Italia since the 2002-03 campaign.
- Alexandre Pato will miss the clash with a thigh injury.
- Palermo have kept only six clean sheets in Serie A this season.
- The Sicilian outfit have never won the Coppa Italia and were runners up twice in the 1970s.
- Palermo have picked up only two victories in their last nine matches (W2, D1, L6).
- Delio Rossi's men have scored 50 times in Serie A this season.
March 19, 2011: Palermo 1-0 AC Milan
Palermo stunned the league leaders at the Renzo Barbera as Dorin Goian's 10th minute goal stood up as the winner. The towering defender beat Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati with a neat volley and the Sicilians hung on to record a famous victory.
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Top 3 Predictions
AC Milan 3-0 Palermo
- 28.26 %
AC Milan 2-0 Palermo
- 26.25 %
AC Milan 3-1 Palermo
- 10.74 %
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Mar 17, 2013||AC Milan 2 - Palermo 0|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Oct 30, 2012||Palermo 2 - AC Milan 2|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Mar 3, 2012||Palermo 0 - AC Milan 4|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Oct 15, 2011||AC Milan 3 - Palermo 0|
|Italy - Coppa Italia (ITAC)||May 10, 2011||Palermo 2 - AC Milan 1|
|Mar 11, 2014||Atletico Madrid 4 - AC Milan 1||UCL|
|Mar 8, 2014||Udinese 1 - AC Milan 0||ITA1|
|Mar 2, 2014||AC Milan 0 - Juventus 2||ITA1|
|Feb 23, 2014||Sampdoria 0 - AC Milan 2||ITA1|
|Feb 19, 2014||AC Milan 0 - Atletico Madrid 1||UCL|
|8||Gennaro Ivan Gattuso||Midfielder|
The mercurial striker will play from the starting whistle on Wednesday and will look to extend his scoring streak after finding the back of the net against his former club Sampdoria in the 3-0 win at the weekend.
The 21-year-old is a hot commodity in Europe right now with a plethora of clubs coveting his services. The Argentine will have to pull the strings in midfield on Wednesday if Palermo are to shock the league leaders once more.
Palermo shocked the league leaders in their previous meeting in March but it's unlikely that the Sicilians will be able to duplicate that feat at San Siro on Wednesday. Massimiliano Allegri will field his strongest starting XI and they have enough firepower to take a stranglehold on the tie.
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