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  • March 30, 2013
  • • 17:30
  • • Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi, Verona
  • Referee: D. Celi
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Chievo-AC Milan Preview: Rossoneri hunt fourth straight Serie A win

Chievo-AC Milan Preview: Rossoneri hunt fourth straight Serie A win

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Massimiliano Allegri will hope his troops have not been left fatigued by their international exertions as they look to consolidate third place

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

CHIEVO

Puggioni
Frey, Andreolli, Dainelli, Acerbi, Drame
Guani, L.Rigoni, Cofie
Thereau, Paloschi
AC MILAN

Abbiati
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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Last Five Matches
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Team News
Available Squads
1Christian PuggioniGoalkeeper
3Dario DainelliDefender
6Marco AndreolliDefender
12Bostjan CesarDefender
21Nicolas Sebastien FreyDefender
-Boukary DraméDefender
-Roberto GuanaMidfielder
14Isaac CofieMidfielder
-Luca RigoniMidfielder
43Alberto PaloschiStriker
-Cyril ThereauStriker
18Lorenzo SquizziGoalkeeper
22Samir UjkaniGoalkeeper
17Bojan JokicDefender
2Mario SampirisiDefender
-Paul PappDefender
15Francesco AcerbiDefender
14F. SeymourMidfielder
-LucianoMidfielder
56Perparim HetemajMidfielder
7Gabriel HaucheStriker
31Sergio PellissierStriker
20Adrian StoianMidfielder
32Christian AbbiatiGoalkeeper
2Mattia De SciglioDefender
5Philippe MexesDefender
20Ignazio AbateDefender
25Daniele BoneraDefender
4Sulley MuntariMidfielder
18Riccardo MontolivoMidfielder
13Massimo AmbrosiniMidfielder
-RobinhoStriker
45Mario BalotelliStriker
92Stephan El ShaarawyStriker
14Marco AmeliaGoalkeeper
-GabrielGoalkeeper
4Bartosz SalamonDefender
-Kevin Constant Midfielder
-Mario YepesDefender
3Luca AntoniniDefender
81Cristian ZaccardoDefender
-Antonio NocerinoMidfielder
-Bakaye TraoréMidfielder
20Mathieu FlaminiMidfielder
78M'Baye NiangStriker
-Bojan KrkicStriker
Players to Watch
Cyril Thereau
Cyril Thereau
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
3 0 0 0
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.
Mario Balotelli
Mario Balotelli
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 45
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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.
Prediction
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.
Editor's Prediction
Chievo 1
Milan 3

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