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  • February 15, 2013
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
  • Referee: D. Massa
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AC Milan-Parma Preview: In-form Rossoneri can leap-frog city rivals Inter

AC Milan-Parma Preview: In-form Rossoneri can leap-frog city rivals Inter

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Unbeaten in the league in 2013, the hosts are eyeing a share of third place in Serie A as they build towards next week’s showdown with Barcelona in the Champions League

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

AC MILAN

Abbiati
Zaccardo, Zapata, Mexes, De Sciglio
Flamini, Nocerino, Montolivo
Niang, Balotelli, El Shaarawy
PARMA

Pavarini
Benalouane, Paletta, Lucarelli
Biabiany, Mariga, Valdes, Parolo, Gobbi
Amauri, Belfodil

Midfielder Riccardo Montolivo returns to the Milan squad after serving a one-match ban on Sunday against Cagliari, but striker Giampaolo Pazzini has still been struggling with a muscle strain and will likely start on the bench, which means Mario Balotelli will once again play from the beginning.

Left-back Kevin Constant is also unlikely to feature due to an ankle problem suffered in training ahead of last weekend’s match against Cagliari, and defender Daniele Bonera is also set to miss out with a niggling muscle problem.

Parma welcome defender Aleandro Rosi and midfielder Marco Marchionni back from suspension but will be without goalkeeper Antonio Mirante, who is expected to be out two more weeks after undergoing minor knee surgery earlier this month.

Midfielder Daniele Galloppa remains the Gialloblu’s most serious injury worry. The 27-year-old suffered a cruciate ligament injury to his left knee in an October match against Sampdoria, and as of yet there is no timetable for his return.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Right-back Christian Zaccardo, acquired in the January transfer window as part of a swap deal with Parma involving Djamel Mesbah, could make his Milan debut against his former club on Friday.
  • Once struggling to get out of the bottom third of the table, Milan have yet to lose a Serie A match this calendar year and have climbed all the way to fifth in the standings. They can leap-frog Inter with a win on Friday - a result that would also see them pull level with third-place Lazio.
  • Parma have won just a single match in 2013 and have scored only three goals in their last five matches.
  • Parma held Milan to a 1-1 draw when these sides last met in September. Prior to that, however, the Rossoneri had beaten the Gialloblu four times in succession, by a combined score of 11-1.
  • Since joining Milan from Manchester City last month Mario Balotelli has scored three goals in two matches.
  • Parma have the worst offensive record in Serie A’s top 12 and their highest goal-scorer, Ishak Belfodil, has bagged just seven goals this season.

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Last Five Matches
Parma
Sep 21, 2014Chievo 2 - Parma 3ITA1
Sep 14, 2014Parma 4 - AC Milan 5ITA1
Aug 31, 2014Cesena 1 - Parma 0ITA1
May 18, 2014Parma 2 - Livorno 0ITA1
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Odds
Team News
Available Squads
32Christian AbbiatiGoalkeeper
2Mattia De SciglioDefender
17Cristian ZapataDefender
-Kevin Constant Midfielder
33Mario YepesDefender
4Sulley MuntariMidfielder
-Antonio NocerinoMidfielder
9Kevin-Prince BoatengMidfielder
18Riccardo MontolivoMidfielder
78M'Baye NiangStriker
45Mario BalotelliStriker
-GabrielGoalkeeper
-Lazar PetkovicGoalkeeper
5Philippe MexesDefender
20Ignazio AbateDefender
81Cristian ZaccardoDefender
-Bakaye TraoréMidfielder
20Mathieu FlaminiMidfielder
11Giampaolo PazziniStriker
-Bojan KrkicStriker
-Nicola PavariniGoalkeeper
-Djamel MesbahDefender
29Gabriel PalettaDefender
16Andrea CodaDefender
-Aleandro RosiMidfielder
15Jaime ValdesMidfielder
-Marco ParoloMidfielder
-Marco MarchionniMidfielder
7Jonathan BiabianyStriker
-AmauriStriker
-Nicola SansoneStriker
91Pavol BajzaGoalkeeper
-Daniele De AngelisGoalkeeper
6Alessandro LucarelliDefender
18Massimo GobbiMidfielder
-Yohan BenalouaneDefender
-A. AmpueroMidfielder
-Stefano MorroneMidfielder
-Rodney StrasserMidfielder
77Sotiris NinisMidfielder
9Ishak BelfodilStriker
17Raffaele PalladinoStriker
Players to Watch
Mario Balotelli
Mario Balotelli
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 45
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

He is cup-tied in the Champions League, so he’ll almost certainly play the full 90 on Friday. After scoring only one Premier League goal in 14 appearances before joining Milan in January the 22-year-old has already bagged three Serie A goals in just two matches. Don’t bet against him extending that streak against Parma on Friday.

Ishak Belfodil
Ishak Belfodil
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
3 0 1 0

The 21-year-old Algerian-born striker has played all his underage football for France and is likely to declare for them before too long. He spent the last half of last season on loan at Bologna from Ligue 1 side Lyon and failed to find the back of the net, but he has seven goals in 19 matches so far this season and also leads Parma with three assists.

Prediction

Milan will be desperate to bounce back from last weekend’s draw at Cagliari and rise into the Champions League positions for the first time this season. Parma, meanwhile, struggle to find the back of the net at the best of times. The hosts shouldn’t have much problem here.

Editor's Prediction
Milan 2
Parma 1

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