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  • November 27, 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
  • Referee: M. Guida
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Serie A Preview: AC Milan v Chievo

Serie A Preview: AC Milan v Chievo

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After Wednesday's defeat to Barcelona, the Rossoneri will be hoping to maintain their impressive domestic form, which has seen them win five of their last six league encounters


PROBABLE LINEUPS

AC MILAN


Abbiati
Abate, Bonera, Thiago Silva, Zambrotta
Nocerino, Van Bommel, Seedorf
Boateng
Pato, Ibrahimovic
Chievo


Sorrentino
Frey, Andreolli, Cesar, Jokic
Hetemaj, Rigoni, Bradley
 Sammarco

Pellissier,
Thereau

The hosts will still be without long-term absentees Antonio Cassano, Mathieu Flamini and Gennaro Gattuso, with none of the trio expected to return to the squad until after the new year.

On the plus side for the Rossoneri, Kevin-Prince Boateng is available after serving his domestic ban, along with Alexandre Pato, who has returned from injury with substitute appearances against Fiorentina and Barcelona. Philippe Mexes could also return to the squad after recovering from a hand injury; the former Roma defender is unlikely to start, even though Alessandro Nesta has been ruled out with a hip injury, but could well make the bench behind Daniele Bonera.

Domenico Di Carlo's side will have to face Milan without defenders Santiago Morero and Genardo Sardo, who are both suffering from thigh strains.

The visitors are also likely to be without Peruvian midfeilder Rinaldo Cruzado, with Paolo Sammarco expected to step in. However, Bostjan Cesar is in line to regain his place in the centre of defence after returning from the bench in last week's victory over Catania.


DID YOU KNOW
  • Milan have scored more goals than any other side in Serie A this season, having netted 23 times so far, five more than leaders Juventus.
  • The Rossoneri have only conceded one goal fewer than city rivals Inter, but remain 10 points above the Nerazzurri.
  • Milan are still unbeaten at San Siro in Serie A this season, but did lose 3-2 at home to Barcelona in an entertaining Champions League clash on Wednesday.
  • Chievo have won as many as they've lost this season, with four in each column.
  • Only three teams have scored fewer goals than the Flying Donkeys, yet the visitors sit ninth in Serie A.
  • Di Carlo's men have won only one game away from home this season.

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Last Five Matches
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
14Marco AmeliaGoalkeeper
20Ignazio AbateDefender
4Thiago SilvaDefender
33Mario YepesDefender
3Luca AntoniniDefender
17Mark van BommelMidfielder
10Alberto AquilaniMidfielder
-Antonio NocerinoMidfielder
9Kevin-Prince BoatengMidfielder
9Alexandre PatoStriker
10Zlatan IbrahimovicStriker
30Flavio RomaGoalkeeper
25Daniele BoneraDefender
21Massimo AmbrosiniMidfielder
8Urby EmanuelsonMidfielder
7RobinhoStriker
92Stephan El ShaarawyStriker
1Stefano SorrentinoGoalkeeper
-Davide MandelliDefender
12Bostjan CesarDefender
17Bojan JokicDefender
21Nicolas Sebastien FreyDefender
4Michael BradleyMidfielder
7Paolo SammarcoMidfielder
-LucianoMidfielder
27Luca RigoniMidfielder
31Sergio PellissierStriker
-Cyril ThereauStriker
1Christian PuggioniGoalkeeper
15Francesco AcerbiDefender
-Boukary DraméDefender
-Kamil VacekMidfielder
56Perparim HetemajMidfielder
10Davide MoscardelliStriker
43Alberto PaloschiStriker
Players to Watch
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The former Inter striker is the star man of this Milan side. With 11 goals in all competitions so far this season, he is the Rossoneri's top scorer, and after notching one against former club Barcelona in midweek, the giant Swede will be full of confidence on Sunday.
Sergio Pellissier
Sergio Pellissier
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 31
Games Goals YC RC
22 1 5 2
The captain has been with the Flying Donkeys since 2000 and still remains the main man in Verona. Three goals so far this season make him Chievo's joint-top scorer and, after netting his first strike in six games away to Catania last week, the former Torino forward will be hoping to fire his side to their third straight league victory.
Prediction
With Milan finding form in the past few weeks, along with boasting potential match-winners Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alexandre Pato amongst their ranks, a comfortable home win is in the offing for the champions.
Editor's Prediction
Milan 2
Chievo 0

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