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January 20, 2013 2:00 PM GMT
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza — Milano
Referee:‬ D. Doveri‎
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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

El Shaarawy & Robinho - Milan
AFP
  PROBABLE LINE-UPS

AC MILAN

Abbiati
De Sciglio, Mexes, Zapata, Constant
Nocerino, Montolivo, Boateng
Bojan, Pazzini, El Shaarawy
BOLOGNA

Agliardi
Garics, Portanova, Antonsson, Cherubin
Perez, Krhin,
Diamanti, Kone, Gabbiadini
Gilardino

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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Head to Head
Italy - Serie A ‎(ITA1)‎ Feb 14, 2014 AC Milan 1 - Bologna 0
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Italy - Serie A ‎(ITA1)‎ Sep 25, 2013 Bologna 3 - AC Milan 3
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Italy - Serie A ‎(ITA1)‎ Jan 20, 2013 AC Milan 2 - Bologna 1
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Italy - Serie A ‎(ITA1)‎ Sep 1, 2012 Bologna 1 - AC Milan 3
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Italy - Serie A ‎(ITA1)‎ Apr 22, 2012 AC Milan 1 - Bologna 1
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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
Bologna
Apr 19, 2014Juventus 1 - Bologna 0ITA1
Apr 13, 2014Bologna 1 - Parma 1ITA1
Apr 5, 2014FC Internazionale 2 - Bologna 2ITA1
Mar 29, 2014Bologna 0 - Atalanta 2ITA1
Mar 26, 2014Chievo 3 - Bologna 0ITA1
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
32Christian AbbiatiGoalkeeper
5Philippe MexesDefender
17Cristian ZapataDefender
20Ignazio AbateDefender
21Kevin Constant Midfielder
9Kevin-Prince BoatengMidfielder
20Mathieu FlaminiMidfielder
18Riccardo MontolivoMidfielder
11Giampaolo PazziniStriker
9M'Baye NiangStriker
92Stephan El ShaarawyStriker
1Marco AmeliaGoalkeeper
59GabrielGoalkeeper
15Francesco AcerbiDefender
25Daniele BoneraDefender
3Luca AntoniniDefender
2Mattia De SciglioDefender
-Antonio NocerinoMidfielder
-Bakaye TraoréMidfielder
28Urby EmanuelsonMidfielder
4Sulley MuntariMidfielder
7RobinhoStriker
-Bojan KrkicStriker
-Federico AgliardiGoalkeeper
5Mikael AntonssonDefender
8Gyorgy GaricsDefender
21Nicolò CherubinDefender
90Daniele PortanovaDefender
15Diego PérezMidfielder
-RiverolaMidfielder
24Michele PazienzaMidfielder
33Panagiotis KoneMidfielder
11Alberto GilardinoStriker
-Alessandro DiamantiStriker
1Gianluca CurciGoalkeeper
32Dejan StojanovicGoalkeeper
3Archimede MorleoDefender
-Marco MottaDefender
-Roger CarvalhoDefender
6Frederik SorensenDefender
-Nico PulzettiMidfielder
-Tiberio GuarenteMidfielder
21Saphir TaiderMidfielder
4Rene KrhinMidfielder
35Daniele PaponiStriker
-Christian PasquatoStriker
11Manolo GabbiadiniStriker
Players to Watch
Stephan El Shaarawy
Stephan El Shaarawy
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 92
Games Goals YC RC
4 0 1 0
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.
Manolo Gabbiadini
Manolo Gabbiadini
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
30 8 6 0
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.
Prediction
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.
Editor's Prediction
Milan 2
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