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AC Milan-Palermo Preview: Rossoneri look to recover from European exit

AC Milan-Palermo Preview: Rossoneri look to recover from European exit

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Massimiliano Allegri's side were knocked out of the Champions League on Tuesday but will hope to firm up their grip on fourth spot in Serie A

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

AC MILAN

Abbiati
Abate, Mexes, Zapata, De Sciglio
Flamini, Montolivo, Muntari
Boateng, Balotelli, El Shaarawy
PALERMO
 
Sorrentino
Munoz, Bergen, Munoz
Morganella, Arrovela, Donati, Kurtic, Garcia
Miccoli, Dybala


It was all going too well. After getting their Serie A campaign back on track and defeating Barcelona 2-0 in the first-leg of their round of 16 tie, AC Milan were sent tumbling out of the Champions League on Tuesday.

A 4-0 defeat to Barcelona was a crushing blow, but now the Rossoneri's attentions turn to qualifying for the tournament again next season via their domestic efforts.

Massimiliano Allegri's side sit in third spot in the table, three points ahead of Fiorentina in fourth, but will be without Nigel de Jong and Giampaolo Pazzini through injury, while Kevin Constant is suspended.

Palermo go into the game second from bottom and have injury concerns of their own. Abel Hernandez, Andrea Mantovani, Edgar Barreto and Andrea Dossena are all out of action, with the Rosanero in desperate need of stabilisation after a season that has witnessed five changes of coach.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • AC Milan have won their last seven home games in Serie A.

  • Mario Balotelli (right) was ineligible for the Rossoneri's Champions League exit to Barcelona, but will boost his side by returning on Sunday. 

  • There have been over 2.5 goals in each of Milan's last six games at San Siro.
  • Massimiliano Allegri's side have been winning at half-time and full-time in five of their last five home games in Serie A.
  • Palermo have drawn four of their last six games, losing the other two.
  • The Rosanero have struggled for goals and Fabrizio Miccoli remains the club's top goalscorer with a tally of just five.

 

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Available Squads
32Christian AbbiatiGoalkeeper
2Mattia De SciglioDefender
17Cristian ZapataDefender
20Ignazio AbateDefender
25Daniele BoneraDefender
4Sulley MuntariMidfielder
9Kevin-Prince BoatengMidfielder
20Mathieu FlaminiMidfielder
18Riccardo MontolivoMidfielder
45Mario BalotelliStriker
92Stephan El ShaarawyStriker
1Marco AmeliaGoalkeeper
-Lazar PetkovicGoalkeeper
5Philippe MexesDefender
33Mario YepesDefender
3Luca AntoniniDefender
81Cristian ZaccardoDefender
-Antonio NocerinoMidfielder
-Bakaye TraoréMidfielder
21Massimo AmbrosiniMidfielder
7RobinhoStriker
9M'Baye NiangStriker
-Bojan KrkicStriker
1Stefano SorrentinoGoalkeeper
-Salvatore AronicaDefender
6Ezequiel MuñozDefender
25Steve von BergenDefender
2Santiago GarcíaDefender
17Michel MorganellaDefender
20E. ArévaloMidfielder
5Massimo DonatiMidfielder
72Josip IličičMidfielder
28Jasmin KurtićMidfielder
9Paulo DybalaStriker
22Giacomo BrichettoGoalkeeper
99Francesco BenussiGoalkeeper
22NélsonDefender
7ViolaMidfielder
-AnselmoMidfielder
32Alejandro FaurlinMidfielder
10Mauro FormicaMidfielder
50Giulio SanseverinoMidfielder
-Diego FabbriniStriker
-Mauro BoselliStriker
-Mauricio SperdutiMidfielder
24Cephas MaleleStriker
Players to Watch
Mario Balotelli
Mario Balotelli
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 45
Games Goals YC RC
30 14 11 1
The controversial forward's return to the starting XI will be just the boost Milan need on the back of their European defeat and given his impressive form since joining in January, expect him to find the back of the net on Sunday.
Fabrizio Miccoli
Fabrizio Miccoli
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
With five goals to his name, the 33-year-old is Palermo's top goalscorer. That said, Miccoli has not scored in his last nine games and if the Rosanero are to have any chance of getting a result, he has to refind his goalscoring boots.
Prediction
Milan will be low after their Champions League exit, but their form in 2013 remains impressive and Massimiliano Allegri will ensure they bounce back against a struggling Palermo side.
Editor's Prediction
Milan 3

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