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  • April 25, 2012
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  • • Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
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AC Milan - Genoa Preview: Rossoneri look to keep Scudetto hopes alive

AC Milan - Genoa Preview: Rossoneri look to keep Scudetto hopes alive

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Massimiliano Allegri's men have fallen three points behind Juventus in the race for the league title and desperately need a win when the Rossoblu come to San Siro on Wednesday

  PROBABLE LINE-UPS

AC MILAN

Abbiati
Abate, Nesta, Yepes, Antonini
Gattuso, Van Bommel, Nocerino
Emanuelson
Ibrahimovic, Cassano
GENOA

Frey
Moretti, Granqvist, Kaladze, Alhassan
Jankovic, Biondini, Kucka, Sculli
Gilardino, Palacio


AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri will be without the services of Alexandre Pato who is still nursing a muscle injury but Thiago Silva and Kevin-Prince Boateng trained with the rest of the first team and could be available on Wednesday.

Massimo Ambrosini is not yet ready to return and underwent a personalised training programme while Daniele Bonera will miss out after picking up a red card in the Rossoneri's 1-1 draw with Bologna last weekend.

Meanwhile, Genoa sacked Alberto Malesani for the second time this term after the club's 4-1 setback to Siena on Sunday. The club announced on Monday that Luigi De Canio will take the helm for the remaining five matches.

De Canio will not be able to call on Giandomenico Mesto and Marco Rossi who are both suspended.

The club will also be forced to play their last two home games of the season behind closed doors after their supporters caused a 40-minute delay when they threw missiles and fireworks onto the pitch on Sunday.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • AC Milan have picked up eight points in their last five games, while their title rivals Juventus have secured 15.
  • The Rossoneri are winless in their last two matches at San Siro.
  • Allegri's men have emerged winners in four games by a three-goal margin this season.
  • Genoa are winless in their last 12 league encounters (D6, L6).
  • The Rossoblu have conceded 13 goals in their past five games.
  • De Canio's side currently hover just one point over the relegation zone.

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Available Squads
32Christian AbbiatiGoalkeeper
3Luca AntoniniDefender
33Mario YepesDefender
13Alessandro NestaDefender
20Ignazio AbateDefender
4Sulley MuntariMidfielder
17Mark van BommelMidfielder
-Antonio NocerinoMidfielder
8Urby EmanuelsonMidfielder
92Stephan El ShaarawyStriker
10Zlatan IbrahimovicStriker
14Marco AmeliaGoalkeeper
3Djamel MesbahDefender
10Alberto AquilaniMidfielder
9Kevin-Prince BoatengMidfielder
8Gennaro Ivan GattusoMidfielder
99Antonio CassanoStriker
-Maxi LópezStriker
1Sebastien FreyGoalkeeper
24Emiliano MorettiDefender
-Kakhaber KaladzeDefender
4Andreas GranqvistDefender
-Giuseppe SculliStriker
11Bosko JankovicStriker
-Davide BiondiniMidfielder
33Juraj KuckaMidfielder
5Fernando BelluschiMidfielder
9Valter BirsaMidfielder
8Rodrigo PalacioStriker
12Cristiano LupatelliGoalkeeper
-Masahudu AlhassanDefender
-Roger CarvalhoDefender
10C. JorqueraMidfielder
4Miguel VelosoMidfielder
-Zé EduardoStriker
82Alberto GilardinoStriker
Players to Watch
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

The temperamental Swede leads Serie A in scoring with 24 goals. The striker salvaged a draw for the Rossoneri last weekend with a late goal and should have no problem finding the back of the net against a porous Genoa back line.

Rodrigo Palacio
Rodrigo Palacio
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 8
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

The Argentine has 17 league goals to his name this term but has not scored in his last two games. The 30-year-old will need to lead the charge if Genoa are to end their miserable winless run.

Prediction

Milan need all three points on Wednesday following their disappointing display at the weekend and relief will come in the form of Genoa who have struggled mightily in the last two months.

Editor's Prediction
Milan 3
Genoa 0

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