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  • November 3, 2012
  • • 17:00
  • • Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
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AC Milan - Chievo Preview: Rossoneri aim to kick-start season against revitalised Flying Donkeys

AC Milan - Chievo Preview: Rossoneri aim to kick-start season against revitalised Flying Donkeys

Last year's runners-up were left to rue yet more dropped points in Sicily midweek and now face the Gialloblu, who have been given a new lease of life under Eugenio Corini

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

AC MILAN

Amelia
Mexes, Zapata, Yepes
Abate, Nocerino, Montolivo, Emanuelson
Bojan, Pato, El Shaarawy
CHIEVO

Sorrentino
Frey, Dainelli, Andreolli, Drame
Guana, L. Rigoni, M. Rigoni
Thereau
Luciano, Pellissier

AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri remains deprived of several first-team names in the form of Robinho, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Luca Antonini - all of whom are expected to return to action within the next fortnight - and the suspended Daniele Bonera.

Elsewhere, Djamel Mesbah, Mattia De Sciglio, Rodney Strasser and Didac Vila are similarly crocked, but should mark their returns in the near future.

With the 3-5-2 formation, used in the 2-2 draw with Palermo on Tuesday, set to be scrapped in favour of a 3-4-3, two personnel changes are expected. Out of the team go Kevin Constant and Mathieu Flamini and in their places will be Bojan Krkic, who will take up the right-hand side of the three-pronged attack, and Urby Emanuelson in midfield.

Meanwhile, Chievo have experienced a marked improvement of late following the dismissal of Domenico Di Carlo in early October. The side had slumped to five straight defeats under the former Sampdoria coach, but since the appointment of club legend Eugenio Corini, three wins in their last five matches have helped steady the ship.

They must cater for injuries to four players - Lorenzo Squizzi, Alberto Paloschi, Gennaro Sardo and Cesar - but are expected to make just one alteration to the team that beat Pescara 2-0, as Perparim Hetemaj looks likely to be replaced by Marco Rigoni.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • AC Milan have failed to register consecutive victories in 2012-13 to date.
  • However, their record against Chievo is strong, winning 15 of their 20 previous meetings, including the last 10.
  • This time last season, the Rossoneri were joint-top with Juventus in the Serie A table and nine points better off.
  • Chievo have won just two of these matches - the last coming in December 2005.
  • Their 2-0 win over Pescara midweek was their first clean sheet since the opening matchday.
  • They lie just one point behind their Milanese counterparts in the standings, in 15th place.

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Available Squads
32Christian AbbiatiGoalkeeper
5Philippe MexesDefender
17Cristian ZapataDefender
20Ignazio AbateDefender
-Kevin Constant Midfielder
18Riccardo MontolivoMidfielder
13Massimo AmbrosiniMidfielder
8Urby EmanuelsonMidfielder
11Giampaolo PazziniStriker
-Bojan KrkicStriker
92Stephan El ShaarawyStriker
14Marco AmeliaGoalkeeper
-GabrielGoalkeeper
2Mattia De SciglioDefender
15Francesco AcerbiDefender
33Mario YepesDefender
-Antonio NocerinoMidfielder
9Kevin-Prince BoatengMidfielder
-Bakaye TraoréMidfielder
20Mathieu FlaminiMidfielder
34Nigel De JongMidfielder
9Alexandre PatoStriker
78M'Baye NiangStriker
1Stefano SorrentinoGoalkeeper
3Dario DainelliDefender
6Marco AndreolliDefender
21Nicolas Sebastien FreyDefender
-Paul PappDefender
-Boukary DraméDefender
-Roberto GuanaMidfielder
-LucianoMidfielder
56Perparim HetemajMidfielder
31Sergio PellissierStriker
-Cyril ThereauStriker
1Christian PuggioniGoalkeeper
-Sergio ViottiGoalkeeper
17Bojan JokicDefender
17Gennaro SardoDefender
10Marco RigoniMidfielder
14Isaac CofieMidfielder
-Luca RigoniMidfielder
25Kamil VacekMidfielder
10Davide MoscardelliStriker
27Mamadou SamassaStriker
-David Di MicheleStriker
20Adrian StoianMidfielder
Players to Watch
Stephan El Shaarawy
Stephan El Shaarawy
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 92
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
The 2012-13 campaign looks to be the Italo-Egyptian's coming of age after promising much in prior seasons. Having almost single-handedly carried the team in attack following the exits of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Antonio Cassano during the summer, eight goals in all competitions, including three in his last three matches, have kept his side afloat. He is well on course to add to his tally when the Flying Donkeys come to town over the weekend.
Cyril Thereau
Cyril Thereau
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 0 0
The Frenchman forged a great understanding with Sergio Pellissier up front last season and he has successfully carried this form over into the early stages of this term. With his strike partner falling off the pace in recent weeks, his four goals have proved important and will look to exploit Milan's current defensive problems in the hole behind the captain and veteran Luciano.
Prediction
Milan may be enduring their worst start to a season for quite some time, but their dominant form over Chievo - coupled with a gradual development in their last few matches - should see them pick up all three points at San Siro on Saturday.
Editor's Prediction
Milan 2
Chievo 0

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