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  • April 7, 2014
  • • 20:00
  • • Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, Genova
  • Referee: L. Banti
  • • Attendance: 20887
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Genoa 3.75 4.00 3.70
Draw 3.25 3.20 3.30
Milan 2.05 2.00 2.05
Genoa-AC Milan Preview: Rersurgent Rossoneri seeking third successive Serie A success

Genoa-AC Milan Preview: Rersurgent Rossoneri seeking third successive Serie A success

Things are looking up for Clarence Seedorf and his troops after back-to-back victories and the San Siro side are unbeaten in their last seven games against the Grifone

AC Milan have the opportunity to win three straight Serie A matches for the first time this season in Monday's trip to Genoa.

The 18-time Italian champions have endured a torrid season by their high standards, and sit 11th in the table with seven games remaining.

Milan have failed to string together a run of more than two Serie A victories in a row, and have lost 11 of their 31 league fixtures this term - meaning they are a mammoth 39 points adrift of table-topping Juventus.

However, an impressive 2-0 triumph at Fiorentina was followed by a comprehensive 3-0 victory over relegation-threatened Chievo last weekend, with Mario Balotelli and a double from Kaka - who was celebrating his 300th game for Milan - securing all three points for Clarence Seedorf's men.

Those successes have put Milan back in the hunt for a Europa League berth, a finish that had looked beyond their reach just a couple of rounds ago.

Milan trail rivals Inter - who sit fifth - by seven points, but another maximum haul at the Luigi Ferraris on Monday would further boost hopes of featuring in Europe's secondary competition next season.

Recent history suggests the visitors will triumph, too, with Milan unbeaten against Genoa in the last seven meetings between the clubs, including five victories.

Seedorf has endured an indifferent start to his coaching career at San Siro, yet centre-back Daniele Bonera is confident the team are starting to flourish under the Dutchman's stewardship.

"Seedorf is pretty calm, though of course the defeats affect everyone," he told Sky Sport Italia. "We just needed time to understand get in sync with his ideas.

"Clarence is a coach who likes a certain type of dialogue, so we all needed to just settle in and get to know each other."

Seedorf will be without midfielder Michael Essien for the game, with the Ghanaian sidelined with a thigh problem.

Genoa's recent record against Milan may be unfavourable, but Gian Piero Gasperini's men are just three points and two places below their opponents in the Serie A table.

Moreover, Genoa have proved to be no pushovers at Luigi Ferraris, with seven of their 10 league victories this season coming on home soil.

Gasperini's charges had been on course to challenge for a spot in the Europa League at one stage, but a run of just one win in five league matches has dented those hopes.

The reverse fixture at San Siro back in November ended in a 1-1 draw, with former Milan striker Alberto Gilardino equalising Kaka's early opener from the penalty spot. 

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1Mattia PerinGoalkeeper
4Sebastian De MaioDefender
-Nicolas BurdissoDefender
13Luca AntonelliDefender
15Giovanni MarcheseDefender
18Loannis FetfatzidisMidfielder
16Marco MottaDefender
69Stefano SturaroMidfielder
91Andrea BertolacciMidfielder
-Giuseppe SculliStriker
82Alberto GilardinoStriker
1Albano BizzarriGoalkeeper
60Antonio DonnarummaGoalkeeper
3Luca AntoniniDefender
5Alessandro GamberiniDefender
11Paolo De CeglieDefender
90Daniele PortanovaDefender
14Isaac CofieMidfielder
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9Emanuele CalaiòStriker
26Ricardo CenturiónMidfielder
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32Christian AbbiatiGoalkeeper
5Philippe MexesDefender
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25Daniele BoneraDefender
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81Cristian ZaccardoDefender
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