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  • September 26, 2012
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AC Milan - Cagliari Preview: Rossoneri desperate for points after horror start to season

AC Milan - Cagliari Preview: Rossoneri desperate for points after horror start to season

AFP

Massimiliano Allegri is facing increasing pressure, and will be desperate for his side to produce a performance against the Rossoblu in midweek Serie A action

  PROBABLE LINE-UPS
AC MILAN

Abbiati
Abate, Bonera, Mexes, Mesbah
Nocerino, De Jong, Montolivo
Emanuelson
Pazzini, El Shaarawy
CAGLIARI
Roma
Agazzi
Perico Rossettini, Astori, Pisano
Ekdal, Conti, Nainggolan
Thiago Ribeiro, Pinilla, Ibarbo


The situation is becoming critical for AC Milan and beleaguered coach Massimiliano Allegri, whose side have lost three of their first four Serie A matches this season.

Allegri will also have to battle suspensions to Cristian Zapata and Kevin Prince-Boateng, both of whom were sent off in the weekend defeat to Udinese. Mathieu Flamini is also likely to miss out, this time due to injury, while long-term concerns Alexandre Pato and Didac Vila are far from fitness.

Visitors Cagliari have virtually a full squad to select from, with the Rossoblu also in a poor run of form at the moment, and may see the opportunity to take on a wounded Rossoneri as a chance to kick-start their campaign with a victory.
  DID YOU KNOW?
  • AC Milan have yet to win at home this season, or indeed score a goal; they have suffered 1-0 defeats to Sampdoria and Atalanta.

  • The Rossoneri are entering into a tricky run of fixtures, with away matches versus Parma and Lazio either side of the city derby against rivals Inter.
  • New signing Giampaolo Pazzini scored a hat-trick in Milan's only win of the campaign so far,
  • Cagliari have fared little better than their rivals on Wednesday, having collected just two points from four league matches.

  • The Rossoblu have won just two of their last 28 meetings with Massimiliano Allegri's side.

Players to watch

S. El Shaarawy

Position: Attacker

Games: 11

  • 1
  • 2
  • 0
One of the few bright spots in the defeat at Udinese's, the young attacker's stunning goal further hinted at what he could be capable of if given a run in the side. Unfortunately, he will need to produce week in, week out for a Milan side desperate for inspiration.

Thiago Ribeiro

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
Cagliari will need some inspiration from their Brazilian if they are to upset the Rossoneri, and although he hasn't enjoyed the most impressive of starts to the season, a positive performance could prove pivotal for both him and his team.

Editor's Prediction

Morale couldn't be lower at San Siro at the moment, and another defeat could well lead to Allegri's demise. Expect his team to rally, but whether they have the quality to end their poor home run remains to be seen.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Milan

Cagliari

Wins
3
2
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

AC Milan MIL
AC Milan Milan
Draw
Cagliari Calcio CAG
Cagliari Calcio Cagliari
65%
26%

Top 3 Predictions

AC Milan MIL
2 - 0
Cagliari Calcio CAG
AC Milan MIL
3 - 0
Cagliari Calcio CAG
AC Milan MIL
0 - 1
Cagliari Calcio CAG

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