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  • September 11, 2010
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Dino Manuzzi, Cesena
  • Referee: C. Russo
  • • Attendance: 21058
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Serie A Preview: Cesena - Milan

Serie A Preview: Cesena - Milan

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robinho will make their debut for the Rossoneri...

Encouraging Start

Newly promoted Cesena are many observers' favourites to go down to Serie B at the end of the season but the Seahorses have already shown that they are not going to do so without a fight.

Cesena held Roma to a 0-0 draw in Rome and although they were quite defensive, they stuck to their pre-match plans and collected a valuable point. More than just a point, the result will certainly have given them more impetus for the long season ahead.

However, Massimo Ficcadenti’s side must now be extra careful against Milan, who pay them a visit on Saturday evening. The Rossoneri are a force to reckon with in the Italian top flight this season and will go into the match as favourites.

Ibracadabra And The Old New Pele

What a difference two signings make! With just days remaining before the close of the summer transfer window Milan looked like they could struggle in Serie A with the players they have, but the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Barcelona and Robinho from Milan have altered that perception.

The Rossoneri are now being considered strong challengers for the Scudetto and have arguably one of the two best attacking players in the Italian top flight. Coach Massimiliano Allegri is being pushed to start with Robinho, Alexandre Pato, Ibrahimovic and Roanldinho, and indeed all the four could be unleashed on Cesena on Saturday evening.

Milan commenced their league campaign with a 4-0 demolition of Lecce at home, with Pato scoring twice and Ronaldinho displaying one of his best magical performances.

TEAM NEWS

Cesena

Caserta, Chiavarini and Budan are not available.

Probable Lineup (4-3-3): Antonioli, Ceccarelli, Von Bergen, Pellegrino, Nagatomo; Appiah, Colucci, Parolo; Schelotto, Bogdani, Giaccherini

Milan

Flamini, Nesta and Seedorf all have been ruled out with injuries.

Probable Lineup (4-3-3): Abbiati, Bonera, Thiago Silva, Papastathopoulos, Antonini; Boateng, Ambrosini, Pirlo; Pato, Ibrahimovic, Ronaldinho

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Players to watch

F. Antonioli

Position: Goalkeeper

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Antonioli was brilliant between the sticks against Roma and the goalkeeper will be expected to make himself a giant against the Milan attackers.

Ronaldinho Gaúcho

Position: Midfielder

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The Brazilian was in red-hot form against Lecce in Milan’s first league fixture of the season and indeed the former Barcelona playmaker will look to carry on his great run of form. On his day, Ronnie is unstoppable.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Cesena

Milan

Wins
0
1
4
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

AC Cesena CES
AC Cesena Cesena
Draw
AC Milan MIL
AC Milan Milan
90%

Top 3 Predictions

AC Cesena CES
0 - 3
AC Milan MIL
AC Cesena CES
0 - 4
AC Milan MIL
AC Cesena CES
0 - 2
AC Milan MIL

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