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  • October 16, 2010
  • • 17:00
  • • Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
  • Referee: A. Gervasoni
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Serie A Preview: Milan - Chievo

Serie A Preview: Milan - Chievo

The Rossoneri will aim to go top of the table for a temporary period of time at least...

Claiming Pole Position

Milan are the only club among the top four in Serie A playing on Saturday and have a great chance to go top of the table with a victory over Chievo at San Siro. The Rossoneri have 11 points from six matches and are just two points behind leaders Lazio, who are not in action until Sunday evening.

The Rossoneri will have an eye on midweek's action in the Champions League when they travel to Spain to take on European giants Real Madrid but coach Massimiliano Allegri will still be keen to garner maximum points against the Flying Donkeys.

The Diavolo haven't made an exceptional start to the season and have looked vulnerable on several occasions, but slip-ups from their Scudetto rivals have made things better for the former Italian and European champions.

However, there are some doubts on the fitness of star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is suffering from a stomach problem. The Sweden international said, ''I've had stomach cramps and I haven't been able to train. I have to reconsider whether I can play against Chievo.

"The Champions League is more important and I want to be 100% for the game against Real Madrid. I will talk to the medical team and will do what is best for me.''

Going Top Again

Chievo were top of Serie A at one stage this season and are still very much in with a chance of competing for a top four place. At the moment the Flying Donkeys are fifth in the table with 10 points from six games, one point behind Milan and three off the pace.

However, Stefano Pioli's side haven't won in their last two league fixtures and will need to step up their game if they foster ambition of winning in Milan. The Rossoneri are very strong at home but, surprisingly, Chievo too have shown form on their travels, having won both their games away from Verona.

For Chievo, staving off relegation should still be the ultimate aim this campaign and picking up even a point at the Giuseppe Meazza on Saturday is going to be a huge encouragement for the Flying Donkeys.



TEAM NEWS

Milan


Ambrosini and Jankulovski are out injured but Abbiati and Antonini are fit and will start. Allegri will once again deploy a 4-3-3 formation that will feature Pato on the right, Ibrahimovic in the centre and Ronaldinho on the left. Gattuso, Pirlo and Seedorf will be the three midfielders.

Chievo

Luciano, Sardo and De Paula will miss the trip to Milan because of injuries. Pellissier and Moscardelli will be the two strikers upfront in a 4-3-1-2 formation.

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Players to watch

A. Pirlo

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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Pirlo has been an important figure for Milan in the midfield as he has calmly gone about pulling the strings. The Italy international will be crucial in creating chances for the attacking players and will also be looking to craft long balls for Ibrahimovic.

S. Pellissier

Position: Attacker

Games: 5

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Pellissier is Chievo's talisman and the veteran striker will be keen to wreck havoc upon the Milan backline. The Rossoneri defence has shown cracks from time to time and Pellissier will be keen to take advantage of that.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Milan

Chievo

Wins
4
1
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

AC Milan MIL
AC Milan Milan
Draw
AC Chievo Verona CHI
AC Chievo Verona Chievo
89%

Top 3 Predictions

AC Milan MIL
2 - 0
AC Chievo Verona CHI
AC Milan MIL
3 - 0
AC Chievo Verona CHI
AC Milan MIL
3 - 1
AC Chievo Verona CHI

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