Chievo-AC Milan Preview: Rossoneri hunt fourth straight Serie A win
Massimiliano Allegri will hope his troops have not been left fatigued by their international exertions as they look to consolidate third place
By Alec Fenn
Frey, Andreolli, Dainelli, Acerbi, Drame
Guani, L.Rigoni, Cofie
Abate, Mexes, Bonera, Constant
Flamini, Muntari, Montolivo
Niang, Balotelli, El Shaarawy
The international break was an unwelcome pit stop for Massimiliano Allegri, with his AC Milan side on a run of three straight league wins.
However, with talisman Mario Balotelli scoring three times in two games against Brazil and Malta and defender Mattia De Sciglio receiving rave reviews on the back of his first Italy cap, the Rossoneri should be in good health as they bid to consolidate third spot.
The visitors go into the game without Nigel de Jong, Giampaolo Pazzini and Kevin-Prince Boateng through injury, while Gennaro Sardo, Nikos Spyropoulos and Mamado Samassa are all absent for Chievo.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Despite enduring a spell of indifferent form, Stephan El Shaarawy remains AC Milan's top goalscorer with 16 goals to his name.
- AC Milan have won their last 12 games against Chievo in all competitions.
- There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Chievo's last five serie A games.
- Cyrille Thereau's seven goals put him at the top of the host's goalscoring charts.
- The Flying Donkeys have struggled for goals this term, finding the back of the net just 31 times in 29 games.
- Chievo have won their last two Serie A games, defeating both Napoli and Pescara 2-0.
- Eugenio Corini's side go into the game 10 points above the relegation places.
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Top 3 Predictions
Chievo 0-3 AC Milan
- 30.69 %
Chievo 0-2 AC Milan
- 19.93 %
Chievo 1-3 AC Milan
- 12.54 %
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Nov 10, 2013||Chievo 0 - AC Milan 0|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Mar 30, 2013||Chievo 0 - AC Milan 1|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Nov 3, 2012||AC Milan 5 - Chievo 1|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Apr 10, 2012||Chievo 0 - AC Milan 1|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Nov 27, 2011||AC Milan 4 - Chievo 0|
|Dec 8, 2013||Sassuolo 0 - Chievo 1||ITA1|
|Dec 4, 2013||Chievo 4 - Reggina 1||ITAC|
|Dec 1, 2013||Chievo 3 - Livorno 0||ITA1|
|Nov 23, 2013||Hellas Verona 0 - Chievo 1||ITA1|
|Nov 10, 2013||Chievo 0 - AC Milan 0||ITA1|
|21||Nicolas Sebastien Frey||Defender|
|2||Mattia De Sciglio||Defender|
|92||Stephan El Shaarawy||Striker|
The 29-year-old has found the back of the net seven times this season and with Chievo desperately short of goals, the Frenchman will need to ensure he is wearing his shooting boots.
Whisper it quietly but the forward's performances since joining AC Milan suggest 'Super Mario' might just be beginning to mature. Three goals for Italy over the past seven days make him the man to watch.
Massimiliano Allegri's side have been reborn since the turn of the year and even an untimely international break will not be enough to knock them out of their stride on Saturday.
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