AC Milan-Bologna Preview: Allegri's men aim to continue march towards Europe
The Rossoneri will fancy their chances as they look to continue their surge towards the European places, against the visitors, who had a gruelling Coppa Italia battle on Wednesday
By Craig Turnbull
De Sciglio, Mexes, Zapata, Constant
Nocerino, Montolivo, Boateng
Bojan, Pazzini, El Shaarawy
Garics, Portanova, Antonsson, Cherubin
Diamanti, Kone, Gabbiadini
AC Milan's quest for European football continues on Sunday with boss Massimiliano Allegri having a couple of injuries to contend with as defender Mario Yepes and midfielder Massimo Ambrosini miss out for the clash against Bologna.
Tough-tackling midfielder Nigel de Jong is the only long-term absentee for the hosts.
The Rossoneri have no suspensions to worry about, though, Stephan El Shaarawy is walking a disciplinary tightrope as his next booking incurs a ban.
Allegri might reshuffle his pack with Daniele Bonera in contention to start instead of Philippe Mexes, while promising youngster M'Baye Niang may play instead of Bojan up front.
Meanwhile for Bologna, they are unlikely to change the team that emphatically beat Chievo 4-0.
But coach Stefano Pioli is missing defender Cesare Natali, midifielders Saphir Taider and Henry Gimenez, and attacker Robert Acquafresca for the trip to San Siro.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- AC Milan (7th) are 11 points off third-placed Lazio while Bologna languish in 14th position.
- The Rossoneri are eight games unbeaten against the Rossoblu, a run which stretches back to August 2008.
- Milan's biggest win against their opponents was 6-0 victory back in the 1990-91 season in Serie A.
- Bologna last beat Milan at San Siro 2-1 back in 2008. Goals by Marco Di Vaio and Francesco Valiani were enough to give the visitors the win that day.
- The Rossoblu have failed to find the net in seven of their last 10 matches away from home.
- Pioli's side have had one win in their last eight away games, though, it came against Napoli with Panagiotis Kone (pictured, right) netting a stunning equaliser before Daniele Portanova sealed the 3-2 win.
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Top 3 Predictions
AC Milan 2-0 Bologna
- 19.95 %
AC Milan 3-1 Bologna
- 15.73 %
AC Milan 3-0 Bologna
- 15.3 %
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Sep 25, 2013||Bologna 3 - AC Milan 3|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Jan 20, 2013||AC Milan 2 - Bologna 1|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Sep 1, 2012||Bologna 1 - AC Milan 3|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Apr 22, 2012||AC Milan 1 - Bologna 1|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Dec 11, 2011||Bologna 2 - AC Milan 2|
|Dec 1, 2013||Catania 1 - AC Milan 3||ITA1|
|Nov 26, 2013||Celtic 0 - AC Milan 3||UCL|
|Nov 23, 2013||AC Milan 1 - Genoa 1||ITA1|
|Nov 10, 2013||Chievo 0 - AC Milan 0||ITA1|
|Nov 6, 2013||FC Barcelona 3 - AC Milan 1||UCL|
|92||Stephan El Shaarawy||Striker|
|2||Mattia De Sciglio||Defender|
|Stephan El Shaarawy|
The 20-year-old looked jaded against Sampdoria, but should be fresh and raring to go in this clash. The striker has more than enough about him to cause the visitors problems and will want to continue his fine goalscoring form he had before heading into the winter break.
The 21-year-old is on scintillating form just now having score three goals in his last four games. He took a while to get going this season and will be up against Mattia De Sciglio, but could cause the Rossoneri problems down their right-hand side.
Milan have been solid at home of late winning five of their last six matches in front of the Rossoneri faithful, and given the visitors poor record against the Diavolo and their patchy away form, it seems unlikely that the Rossoblu will stand in the way of Allegri's third-place ambitions.
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