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  • November 11, 2012
  • • 14:00
  • • Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
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AC Milan - Fiorentina Preview: Rossoneri hope to secure second straight Serie A success

AC Milan - Fiorentina Preview: Rossoneri hope to secure second straight Serie A success

AFP

Massimiliano Allegri's side could only draw to Malaga in the Champions League midweek but can ease the pressure placed on their shoulders with a win over the high-flying Viola

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

AC MILAN

Abbiati,
De Sciglio, Bonera, Mexes, Constant
Ambrosini, Montolivo
Emanuelson, Bojan, El Shaaraway
Pato
FIORENTINA

Viviano
Roncaglia, Rodriguez, Tomovic
Cuadrado, Aquilani, Pizarro, Valero, Pasqual
Ljajic, El Hamdaoui

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri is expected to be without first choice right-back Ignazio Abate for the visit of Fiorentina after the defender limped off during the recent 1-1 draw with Malaga.

He joins Sulley Muntari, Luca Antonini, Didac Vila and Rodney Strasser on the treatment table as the former Cagliari boss looks to pick up only his fifth Serie A win this season.

Fiorentina have started the domestic campaign in impressive form and coach Vincenzo Montella will be hoping to coninue the club's positive run of results at San Siro.

However, the Viola are sweating over the fitness of striker Stevan Jovetic, who could miss the encounter with the Rossoneri after limping off during the 4-1 win over Cagliari.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • AC Milan's recent 5-1 win over Chievo was only the second time they have scored more than two goals in a Serie A match this season.
  • Riccardo Montolivo (pictured) is set to play his first game against Fiorentina since leaving for Milan in the summer.
  • The Rossoneri succumbed to a 2-1 defeat the last time they played Fiorentina at the San Siro.
  • Fiorentina's win over Cagliari was the first time in two-and-a-half years that they have won three successive Serie A encounters.
  • However, they have won just two of the last 16 encounters between themselves and Milan.
  • Fiorentina have scored 16 league goals this season, the joint fifth highest in Serie A and only one less than Milan despite seven places separating the two sides.

Players to watch

S. El Shaarawy

Position: Attacker

Games: 11

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Very few expected the Italo-Egyptian to break out this season but that he has. Eight goals in all competitions this season, including a memorable display in Milan's last league outing against Chievo where he played the role of both provider and scorer, he will go into Sunday's clash as his side's most potent attacking threat on the right-hand side of Allegri's newly-devised trident.

A. Ljajić

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The Serb has been in and out of the team since the start of the season, having been forced to contend with the ideas of new coach Vincenzo Montella and an influx of summer arrivals which have pushed him down the pecking order. Yet, Jovetic's injury means he will be given a rare chance to start in attack and prove his undeniable talent to the former Roma striker.

Editor's Prediction

Both teams have played attractive football this season, but while the visitors have the advantage at the back, with Serie A's second-most watertight defence at their disposal, Jovetic's absence should mean a draw is the likeliest outcome.

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