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Serie A

  • February 10, 2013
  • • 14:00
  • • Stadio Is Arenas, Quartu Sant'Elena
  • Referee: A. Giannoccaro
  • • Attendance: 9500

Cagliari-AC Milan Preview: Red-hot Rossoneri continue surge for third

Cagliari-AC Milan Preview: Red-hot Rossoneri continue surge for third

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The Rossoblu may have won their appeal to play at Stadio Is Arenas after Lega Serie A had deemed it unsafe, but the task will not be made any easier against formidable opponents


Pisano, Rossettini, Astori, Murru
Dessena, Conti, Ekdal
Thiago Ribeiro
Pinilla, Sau


Abate, Zapata, Yepes, Constant
Nocerino, Flamini, Boateng
Niang, Balotelli, El Shaarawy

Cagliari received a timely boost with the news they will be able to play at their home ground just 24 hours after it had been declared a risk to health and safety. That said, the Rossoblu have not beating the Rossoneri in nearly 15 years, so the challenge on Sunday is no less difficult.

The visitors will be looking to continue their push for third place, while Ivo Pulga's men, buoyed by their shock 4-2 win over Roma last weekend, are four points above the relegation zone and are hoping to further distance themselves from the drop.

Massimiliano Allegri will be without centre-back Daniele Bonera, who has heavy bruising on his thigh. The game may have also came too quick for Massimo Ambrosini, who remains sidelined with a thigh injury. Long-term absentee Nigel de Jong is out for the rest of the season. Riccardo Montolivo is suspended.

Cagliari, meanwhile, have full-back Danilo Avelar and midfielder Radja Nainggolan suspended. Striker Nene is doubtful.

  • Cagliari go into this clash four games unbeaten, previous to that, however, they had lost four straight Serie A matches.

  • You have to go as far back as October 1998 for Cagliari to have beaten Milan. But they recorded back-to-back victories winning against them in June 1997, too.
  • The Rossoblu have lost 11 of their last 12 encounters with the Rossoneri.
  • AC Milan are on a 20-game unbeaten run against the Rossoblu, including winning their last eight consecutive encounters.

  • Milan were sitting in 12th place in Week 13 in Serie A. Since then, they have picked up 25 points from a possible 30 to go joint-fourth and are the form team in Italy.
  • AC Milan's Kevin-Prince Boateng (pictured, right) has had 63 efforts on goal in Serie A this season, but has found the net once.


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Available Squads
-Michael AgazziGoalkeeper
-Davide AstoriDefender
14Francesco PisanoDefender
15Luca RossettiniDefender
29Nicola MurruDefender
5Daniele ContiMidfielder
20Albin EkdalMidfielder
21Daniele DessenaMidfielder
-Thiago RibeiroStriker
23Víctor IbarboStriker
9Marco SauStriker
35Vlada AvramovGoalkeeper
-Lorenzo AriaudoDefender
-Gabriele PericoDefender
-Dario Del FabroDefender
7Andrea CossuMidfielder
16Sebastian ErikssonMidfielder
-Federico CasariniMidfielder
51Mauricio PinillaStriker
32Christian AbbiatiGoalkeeper
2Mattia De SciglioDefender
5Philippe MexesDefender
17Cristian ZapataDefender
20Ignazio AbateDefender
4Sulley MuntariMidfielder
20Mathieu FlaminiMidfielder
13Massimo AmbrosiniMidfielder
78M'Baye NiangStriker
45Mario BalotelliStriker
92Stephan El ShaarawyStriker
14Marco AmeliaGoalkeeper
33Mario YepesDefender
3Luca AntoniniDefender
81Cristian ZaccardoDefender
-Antonio NocerinoMidfielder
9Kevin-Prince BoatengMidfielder
-Bakaye TraoréMidfielder
-Bojan KrkicStriker
Players to Watch
Davide Astori
Davide Astori
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 1 0
He will need to be at the top of his game if the Rossoblu are to get anything from this match. Having received a call-up to the Italy national team in midweek to face Netherlands and the experience will have done him no harm whatsoever. However, he will have much pressing concerns ahead, such as how to deal with the attacking trident of the Rossoneri.
Mario Balotelli
Mario Balotelli
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 45
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
All the focus and media attention has been on the striker since his return to Serie A and that continues to be the case, with parking tickets and ill-advised comments dominating the headlines. He will be pleased to have the spotlight back on the football and, having scored two goals on his Milan debut, it would not be too surprising to see him grab a goal or two here.
The Rossoblu may be on a good run at the minute, but they could not have picked a worse time to play the visitors, who have been boosted by the capture of Mario Balotelli and are the form team in Serie A. Despite the game being played at Stadio Is Arenas, it is difficult to see past a Milan win.
Editor's Prediction
Milan 2

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