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  • November 27, 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
  • Referee: M. Guida
  • • Attendance: 51000
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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.

Players to watch

Z. Ibrahimovic

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

  • 0
  • 0
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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.

S. Pellissier

Position: Attacker

Games: 25

  • 6
  • 0
  • 0
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.

Editor's 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.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Milan

Chievo

Wins
3
2
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

AC Milan MIL
AC Milan Milan
Draw
AC Chievo Verona CHI
AC Chievo Verona Chievo
95%

Top 3 Predictions

AC Milan MIL
3 - 0
AC Chievo Verona CHI
AC Milan MIL
4 - 0
AC Chievo Verona CHI
AC Milan MIL
3 - 1
AC Chievo Verona CHI

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