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September 15, 2012 7:45 PM BST
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AC Milan - Atalanta Preview: Rossoneri look for first home points

Bojan could be in line to start for the home team, who slumped to a 1-0 defeat against Sampdoria in their own stadium before bouncing back thanks to a Pazzini triple

By Daniel Edwards

Bojan Krkic - Milan
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  PROBABLE LINE-UPS

AC MILAN
Roma
Abbiati
Abate, Zapata, Acerbi, De Sciglio
De Jong, Montolivo
Bojan, Boateng, Robinho
Pazzini
ATALANTA

Consigli
Bellini, Lucchini, Manfredini, Peluso
Schelotto, Cigarini, Biondini, Bonaventura
Moralez
Denis

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri could make several changes from the team that went down 1-0 to Sampdoria in their last Serie A outing. Veteran defender Mario Yepes is likely to be rested after his excursions for Colombia in the World Cup qualifier against Chile, compatriot Cristian Zapata taking his place. Bojan could also return to the team after sitting out the Sampdoria defeat.

Atalanta goalkeeper Andrea Consigli will celebrate a landmark at San Siro, the game marking his 200th professional appearance of a career which to date has included spells with the Bergamo club, Sambenedettese and Rimini.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Milan have lifted the Scudetto 18 times in their history, with only Juventus boasting a more successful record in Italian football.
  • They were also the closest challengers to the Old Lady in 2011-12, finishing second four points behind the champions.
  • They have not enjoyed a brilliant start this season, however. A 1-0 defeat to Sampdoria was followed by a 3-1 win over Bologna, leaving the Rossoneri in 10th place after two games.
  • Striker Giampaolo Pazzini (right) netted a hat-trick against Bologna and is tied with Stevan Jovetic as Serie A's top scorer.
  • Atalanta defender Federico Peluso scored for Italy midweek, becoming the first player for the club to do so since Cristian Doni back in 2001.
  • The Bergamo outfit, with -1, are one of two teams still with negative points in 2012-13, alongside Siena
  • Having lost to Lazio, a draw against Cagliari brought the club closer to zero having been docked points for their involvement in Scommessopoli.


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Italy - Serie A ‎(ITA1)‎ Jan 27, 2013 Atalanta 0 - AC Milan 1
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Italy - Serie A ‎(ITA1)‎ Sep 15, 2012 AC Milan 0 - Atalanta 1
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Italy - Serie A ‎(ITA1)‎ May 2, 2012 AC Milan 2 - Atalanta 0
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Italy - Serie A ‎(ITA1)‎ Jan 8, 2012 Atalanta 0 - AC Milan 2
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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
Atalanta
Apr 19, 2014Atalanta 1 - Hellas Verona 2ITA1
Apr 12, 2014Roma 3 - Atalanta 1ITA1
Apr 6, 2014Atalanta 0 - Sassuolo 2ITA1
Mar 29, 2014Bologna 0 - Atalanta 2ITA1
Mar 26, 2014Atalanta 2 - Livorno 0ITA1
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
32Christian AbbiatiGoalkeeper
15Francesco AcerbiDefender
20Ignazio AbateDefender
25Daniele BoneraDefender
3Luca AntoniniDefender
9Kevin-Prince BoatengMidfielder
21Massimo AmbrosiniMidfielder
28Urby EmanuelsonMidfielder
34Nigel De JongMidfielder
11Giampaolo PazziniStriker
92Stephan El ShaarawyStriker
1Marco AmeliaGoalkeeper
59GabrielGoalkeeper
2Mattia De SciglioDefender
5Philippe MexesDefender
17Cristian ZapataDefender
-Djamel MesbahMidfielder
21Kevin Constant Midfielder
33Mario YepesDefender
-Antonio NocerinoMidfielder
20Mathieu FlaminiMidfielder
-Bakaye TraoréMidfielder
93Mattia ValotiMidfielder
9M'Baye NiangStriker
-Bojan KrkicStriker
Players to Watch
Nigel De Jong
Nigel De Jong
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 34
Games Goals YC RC
30 0 8 0
With former stars such as Gattuso and Seedorf now gone and captain Ambrosini unavailable, the Netherlands international will be expected to show he has the talent to replace such reputed names and keep the team moving.
Andrea Consigli
Andrea Consigli
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 47
Games Goals YC RC
32 0 3 0
The goalkeeper celebrates his 200th professional game at San Siro, and will expect to face a busy game against the likes of Pazzini, Boateng and Robinho. A quality performance is crucial from the man between the posts.
Prediction
In front of their own fans the Rossoneri should have plenty to see off the visitors' threat and record a comfortable victory, and they will hoping Pazzini can pick up where he left off in the last round to lead them to success.
Editor's Prediction
Milan 2
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