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November 30, 2012 7:45 PM GMT
Stadio Angelo Massimino — Catania
Referee:‬ D. Orsato‎
Attendance:‬ 16500‎
 

Catania - AC Milan Preview: Rossoneri look to build on Juventus win

Allegri's men recorded a narrow victory over the Bianconeri at the weekend, and can leapfrog their hosts into seventh place with a win at the Stadio Angelo Massimino

By Renger Dotinga

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  PROBABLE LINEUPS

CATANIA

Andujar
Marchesse, Spolli, Legrottaglie, Alvarez
Izco, Lodi, Almiron
Barrientos, Bergessio, Gomez
MILAN

Abbiati
Di Sciglio, Mexes, Yepes, Constant
Montolivo, De Jong, Boateng
Bojan, Robinho, El Shaarawy
Catania coach Rolando Maran will be able to call upon Gonzalo Bergessio for Friday's clash, with the Argentine having sat out the Rossazzurri's weekend loss to Palermo. The forward is expected to replace Takayuki Morimoto in the central striker berth as the Sicilians take the field in their tried and tested 4-3-3 formation.

Massimiliano Allegri is expected to make a handful of changes to the side which claimed a 1-0 win over Juventus on Sunday, with captain Christian Abbiati expected to return between the sticks in favour of Marco Amelia. Kevin Prince Boateng was employed as a false number nine against the Bianconeri as Milan aimed to stifle their visitors' midfield, but the Ghanaian is likely to be reverted to his preferred midfield role for his side's trip to their eighth-placed hosts.

Robinho's match-winning penalty at the weekend could see him take up a more central position, with Bojan supporting the Brazilian from the right flank.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Catania's 3-1 defeat away to Sicilian rivals Palermo brought an end to a four game unbeaten streak for the Rossazzurri.
  • Rolando Maran's charges currently sit a promising eighth in the table, and have a formidable home record in the current Serie A campaign. Gli Elefanti have failed to win just two of seven their fixtures at the Stadio Angelo Massimino, conceding only five goals.
  • The Etnei have been less convincing on the road however, with just three points collected and five goals scored on their travels.
  • Milan's trip to Sicily on Saturday will be the longest they domestically make this season, with Catania's ground lying some 1000 kilometres away from the San Siro.
  • The Rossonerri currently harbour fond memories of the Guiseppe Meazza, having claimed a 1-0 victory over league leaders and holders Juventus last time out.
  • Robinho (pictured) netted the only goal of the game from the penalty spot in that fixture, bagging what was his first goal of the 2012-2013 season. Stephen El Shaarawy currently leads the scoring charts for the Diavolo, with 12 goals in all competitions.


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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
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Available Squads
1Marco AmeliaGoalkeeper
2Mattia De SciglioDefender
5Philippe MexesDefender
15Francesco AcerbiDefender
21Kevin Constant Midfielder
-Antonio NocerinoMidfielder
9Kevin-Prince BoatengMidfielder
18Riccardo MontolivoMidfielder
34Nigel De JongMidfielder
7RobinhoStriker
92Stephan El ShaarawyStriker
59GabrielGoalkeeper
-Davide NarduzzoGoalkeeper
17Cristian ZapataDefender
-Rodney StrasserMidfielder
20Mathieu FlaminiMidfielder
21Massimo AmbrosiniMidfielder
28Urby EmanuelsonMidfielder
11Giampaolo PazziniStriker
9M'Baye NiangStriker
-Bojan KrkicStriker
Players to Watch
Francesco Lodi
Francesco Lodi
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
15 1 3 0
The Italian has been one of the lynchpins of Catania's solid start to the season, and is an instrumental figure in his side's midfield. The No.10 has also been one of the Sicilians' most potent attacking forces, and currently leads the club's scoring charts with four goals.
Riccardo Montolivo
Riccardo Montolivo
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 18
Games Goals YC RC
24 3 7 1
The Italy international turned in a splendid performance against Juventus, orchestrating and controlling the midfield in a manner reminiscent of his days at Fiorentina. Though he will likely be stripped of the captaincy in favour of Abbiati, a similar shift from the playmaker could tilt this match in the Rossoneri's favour.
Prediction
Milan will be eager to avoid following up their win over Juventus in the manner city-rivals Inter did when they triumphed over the Bianconeri, with the Nerazzuri falling to a 3-2 away defeat in their next fixture. Allegri's men come up against a side whose home record speaks for itself however, and perhaps more tellingly, lie one spot above them in the Serie A standings. I can see the Diavolo grabbing an early lead - just as they did in the corresponding fixture last season - but ultimately be made to settle for a point.
Editor's Prediction
Milan 1
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