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Coppa Italia preview: AC Milan - Palermo

Coppa Italia preview: AC Milan - Palermo

Milan will welcome Palermo to San Siro for the first-leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final on Wednesday

PROBABLE LINE-UPS
AC Milan: Amelia; Abate, Yepes, Thiago Silva, Zambrotta; Pirlo; Flamini, Van Bommel, Seedorf; Cassano, Ibrahimovic

AC Milan


Palermo: Sirigu; Cassani, Munoz, Bovo, Balzaretti; Migliaccio, Liverani, Nocerino; Pastore; Miccoli, Pinilla

Palermo


DID YOU KNOW?
 
  • AC Milan are undefeated this season when they score first.
  • Massimiliano Allegri's men have succumbed to only one domestic defeat in the calendar year.
  • Milan haven't won the Coppa Italia since the 2002-03 campaign.
  • Alexandre Pato will miss the clash with a thigh injury.
  • Palermo have kept only six clean sheets in Serie A this season.
  • The Sicilian outfit have never won the Coppa Italia and were runners up twice in the 1970s.
  • Palermo have picked up only two victories in their last nine matches (W2, D1, L6).
  • Delio Rossi's men have scored 50 times in Serie A this season.

LAST MEETING



March 19, 2011: Palermo 1-0 AC Milan


Palermo stunned the league leaders at the Renzo Barbera as Dorin Goian's 10th minute goal stood up as the winner. The towering defender beat Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati with a neat volley and the Sicilians hung on to record a famous victory.

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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
14Marco AmeliaGoalkeeper
3Luca AntoniniDefender
25Sokratis PapastathopoulosDefender
4Thiago SilvaDefender
-Massimo OddoDefender
20Mathieu FlaminiMidfielder
21Andrea PirloMidfielder
9Kevin-Prince BoatengMidfielder
10C. SeedorfManager/Coach
99Antonio CassanoStriker
10Zlatan IbrahimovicStriker
-Flavio RomaGoalkeeper
30Nicola LegrottaglieDefender
20Ignazio AbateDefender
8Urby EmanuelsonMidfielder
-RobinhoStriker
8G. GattusoMidfielder
-Giacomo BerettaStriker
30Salvatore SiriguGoalkeeper
42Federico BalzarettiDefender
5Cesare BovoDefender
-Dorin GoianDefender
2Mattia CassaniDefender
-Antonio NocerinoMidfielder
30Afriyie AcquahMidfielder
8Giulio MigliaccioMidfielder
27Javier PastoreMidfielder
11Abel HernándezStriker
51Mauricio PinillaStriker
99Francesco BenussiGoalkeeper
6Ezequiel MuñozDefender
36Matteo DarmianDefender
-Fabio LiveraniMidfielder
72Josip IličičMidfielder
-Armin BačinovičMidfielder
10Fabrizio MiccoliStriker
Players to Watch
Antonio Cassano
Antonio Cassano
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 99
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The mercurial striker will play from the starting whistle on Wednesday and will look to extend his scoring streak after finding the back of the net against his former club Sampdoria in the 3-0 win at the weekend.
Javier Pastore
Javier Pastore
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 27
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The 21-year-old is a hot commodity in Europe right now with a plethora of clubs coveting his services. The Argentine will have to pull the strings in midfield on Wednesday if Palermo are to shock the league leaders once more.
Prediction
Palermo shocked the league leaders in their previous meeting in March but it's unlikely that the Sicilians will be able to duplicate that feat at San Siro on Wednesday. Massimiliano Allegri will field his strongest starting XI and they have enough firepower to take a stranglehold on the tie.

Editor's Prediction
Milan 3

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