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September 26, 2012 7:45 PM BST
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza — Milano
Referee:‬ A. De Marco‎
Attendance:‬ 49000‎

AC Milan - Cagliari Preview: Rossoneri desperate for points after horror start to season

Massimiliano Allegri is facing increasing pressure, and will be desperate for his side to produce a performance against the Rossoblu in midweek Serie A action

Antonio Nocerino - Udinese-Milan - Serie A

Abate, Bonera, Mexes, Mesbah
Nocerino, De Jong, Montolivo
Pazzini, El Shaarawy
Perico Rossettini, Astori, Pisano
Ekdal, Conti, Nainggolan
Thiago Ribeiro, Pinilla, Ibarbo

The situation is becoming critical for AC Milan and beleaguered coach Massimiliano Allegri, whose side have lost three of their first four Serie A matches this season.

Allegri will also have to battle suspensions to Cristian Zapata and Kevin Prince-Boateng, both of whom were sent off in the weekend defeat to Udinese. Mathieu Flamini is also likely to miss out, this time due to injury, while long-term concerns Alexandre Pato and Didac Vila are far from fitness.

Visitors Cagliari have virtually a full squad to select from, with the Rossoblu also in a poor run of form at the moment, and may see the opportunity to take on a wounded Rossoneri as a chance to kick-start their campaign with a victory.
  • AC Milan have yet to win at home this season, or indeed score a goal; they have suffered 1-0 defeats to Sampdoria and Atalanta.

  • The Rossoneri are entering into a tricky run of fixtures, with away matches versus Parma and Lazio either side of the city derby against rivals Inter.
  • New signing Giampaolo Pazzini scored a hat-trick in Milan's only win of the campaign so far,
  • Cagliari have fared little better than their rivals on Wednesday, having collected just two points from four league matches.

  • The Rossoblu have won just two of their last 28 meetings with Massimiliano Allegri's side.

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Italy - Serie A ‎(ITA1)‎ Feb 10, 2013 Cagliari 1 - AC Milan 1
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Italy - Serie A ‎(ITA1)‎ Sep 26, 2012 AC Milan 2 - Cagliari 0
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Italy - Serie A ‎(ITA1)‎ Jan 29, 2012 AC Milan 3 - Cagliari 0
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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, 2014Genoa 1 - Cagliari 2ITA1
Apr 12, 2014Sassuolo 1 - Cagliari 1ITA1
Apr 6, 2014Cagliari 1 - Roma 3ITA1
Mar 30, 2014Torino 2 - Cagliari 1ITA1
Mar 26, 2014Cagliari 1 - Hellas Verona 0ITA1
Team News
Available Squads
32Christian AbbiatiGoalkeeper
2Mattia De SciglioDefender
5Philippe MexesDefender
20Ignazio AbateDefender
25Daniele BoneraDefender
-Bakaye TraoréMidfielder
18Riccardo MontolivoMidfielder
28Urby EmanuelsonMidfielder
34Nigel De JongMidfielder
11Giampaolo PazziniStriker
92Stephan El ShaarawyStriker
1Marco AmeliaGoalkeeper
15Francesco AcerbiDefender
-Djamel MesbahMidfielder
21Kevin Constant Midfielder
33Mario YepesDefender
3Luca AntoniniDefender
-Antonio NocerinoMidfielder
21Massimo AmbrosiniMidfielder
9M'Baye NiangStriker
-Bojan KrkicStriker
-Michael AgazziGoalkeeper
13Davide AstoriDefender
14Francesco PisanoDefender
15Luca RossettiniDefender
24Gabriele PericoDefender
23Radja NainggolanMidfielder
5Daniele ContiMidfielder
21Daniele DessenaMidfielder
-Thiago RibeiroStriker
23Víctor IbarboStriker
51Mauricio PinillaStriker
25Vlada AvramovGoalkeeper
-Riccardo AneddaGoalkeeper
-Lorenzo AriaudoDefender
8Danilo AvelarDefender
16Sebastian ErikssonMidfielder
20Albin EkdalMidfielder
-Federico CasariniMidfielder
9Marco SauStriker
Players to Watch
Stephan El Shaarawy
Stephan El Shaarawy
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 92
Games Goals YC RC
4 0 1 0
One of the few bright spots in the defeat at Udinese's, the young attacker's stunning goal further hinted at what he could be capable of if given a run in the side. Unfortunately, he will need to produce week in, week out for a Milan side desperate for inspiration.
Thiago Ribeiro
Thiago Ribeiro
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Cagliari will need some inspiration from their Brazilian if they are to upset the Rossoneri, and although he hasn't enjoyed the most impressive of starts to the season, a positive performance could prove pivotal for both him and his team.
Morale couldn't be lower at San Siro at the moment, and another defeat could well lead to Allegri's demise. Expect his team to rally, but whether they have the quality to end their poor home run remains to be seen.
Editor's Prediction
Milan 1
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