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  • September 18, 2010
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
  • Referee: E. Morganti
  • • Attendance: 42637
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Serie A Preview: Milan - Catania

Serie A Preview: Milan - Catania

The Rossoneri will aim to maintain their momentum...

Mixed Start

Milan's 2010-11 campaign started on a high as they thumped Lecce 4-0 in their first game of the new Serie A season but last weekend the Rossoneri slumped to a 2-0 defeat to newly promoted Cesena.

However, Massimiliano Allegri's side bounced back in style in midweek, defeating Auxerre 2-0 at home in their opening match in the Champions League. Summer signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored both the goals against the French side and indeed is looking forward to scoring again on Saturday evening.

"There was a lot of pressure at Cesena as everyone had high expectations,'' said Ibrahimovic. "I had only just arrived.

"I'm delighted to have scored against Auxerre in front of the home fans and I am confident this is only the beginning. I believe I can do very well with this team.''

High On Confidence

Catania had to struggle for survival for much of last season and indeed some observers believe that the Sicilians could do the same this time around too. However, after a 2-1 defeat to Chievo in Verona in their first league fixture of the season, the Rossazzurri won 2-1 against Parma at home.

Defeating Milan at the San Siro is not going to be easy for Catania and coach Marco Giampaolo wasn't very impressed with their performance against Parma either.

He explained, "The three points taken against Parma give the team a boost in confidence. But I am by no means happy. We didn't play well against Parma and we still have to make that leap in quality.''

Whether Catania can inflate their quality to match that of Milan remains to be seen.


TEAM NEWS


Milan

Flamini, Ambrosini and Pato are injured and unavailable. This means that Robinho is likely to replace Pato on the right from the start.

Probable Lineup (4-3-3): Abbiati, Bonera, Nesta, Thiago Silva, Antonini; Boateng, Pirlo, Seedorf; Robinho, Ibrahimovic, Ronaldinho

Catania

Sciacca is unavailable for the Sicilians.

Probable Lineup (4-3-1-2):
Andujar, Potenza, Silvestre, Spolli, Capuano; Biagianti, Carboni, Ledesma; Ricchiuti; Lopez, Mascara



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Players to watch

Z. Ibrahimovic

Position: Attacker

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Ibrahimovic was on target twice against Auxerre in the Champions League in midweek and the Sweden international striker appears to have settled into life at Milan. The former Juventus and Inter forward will again play centrally and will look to score in the league.

M. López

Position: Attacker

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Maxi Lopez will be Catania's main attacking weapon against a Milan backline that still looks vulnerable. An early goal for the Argentine could just make life tricky for the Rossoneri.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Milan

Catania

Wins
4
1
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

AC Milan MIL
AC Milan Milan
Draw
Calcio Catania CAT
Calcio Catania Catania
92%

Top 3 Predictions

AC Milan MIL
3 - 0
Calcio Catania CAT
AC Milan MIL
3 - 1
Calcio Catania CAT
AC Milan MIL
2 - 0
Calcio Catania CAT

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