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  • December 17, 2011
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Serie A Preview: AC Milan v Siena

Serie A Preview: AC Milan v Siena

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Massimiliano Allegri's side welcome the Bianconeri on Saturday, knowing a victory over the visitors would send them temporarily to the summit of Serie A


PROBABLE LINE-UPS

AC MILAN

Amelia
Abate, Thiago Silva, Mexes, Antonini
Nocerino, Van Bommel, Seedorf
Boateng
Pato, Ibrahimovic
SIENA

Brkic
Vitiello, Terzi, Rossettini, Rossi
Brienza, Gazzzi,
D'Agostino, Mannini
Calaio, Destro


For the home side, Philippe Mexes is set to start his first league game for the Rossoneri since signing from Roma in the summer, with Alessandro Nesta and Mario Yepes both ruled out through injury. The champions should also welcome back Antonio Nocerino after the former Palermo midfielder returned to full training following a thigh injury.

However, Cristian Abbiati is unlikely to feature, with the 34-year-old still nursing the shoulder injury that has seen him miss Milan's last four fixtures, while Gianluca Zambrotta is also a doubt.

The visitors will travel to Milan without veteran midfielder Simone Vergassola, with the former Sampdoria man still suffering from the muscle strain that has seen him out of action since late October. Cristian Del Grosso and Nicolas Belmonte are also unlikely to feature for the visitors.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Milan are now unbeaten in their last nine league games.
  • Only second-placed Udinese have won more games than Milan this season.
  • The Rossoneri are still undefeated on home soil this season.
  • Siena have failed to win any of their last five league games, with the Bianconeri suffering defeat in four of those clashes.
  • The visitors have both scored and conceded 14 goals so far this season.
  • Only two sides in Serie A have scored fewer goals than Siena in the 2011-12 campaign.

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Last Five Matches
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
14Marco AmeliaGoalkeeper
3Taye TaiwoDefender
5Philippe MexesDefender
25Daniele BoneraDefender
4Thiago SilvaDefender
17Mark van BommelMidfielder
-Antonio NocerinoMidfielder
9Kevin-Prince BoatengMidfielder
10Zlatan IbrahimovicStriker
-RobinhoStriker
-Flavio RomaGoalkeeper
32Christian AbbiatiGoalkeeper
2Mattia De SciglioDefender
10Alberto AquilaniMidfielder
13Massimo AmbrosiniMidfielder
8Urby EmanuelsonMidfielder
9Alexandre PatoStriker
92Stephan El ShaarawyStriker
1Zeljko BrkicGoalkeeper
-Roberto VitielloDefender
27Cristiano Del GrossoDefender
-Mariano de Almeida AngeloDefender
15Luca RossettiniDefender
19Claudio TerziDefender
14Alessandro GazziMidfielder
15Francesco BolzoniMidfielder
-Emanuele CalaiòStriker
21Franco BrienzaStriker
23ReginaldoStriker
79Gianluca PegoloGoalkeeper
21Andrea RossiDefender
4Matteo ContiniDefender
-Emanuele PesoliDefender
-Paolo GrossiMidfielder
-Daniele ManniniMidfielder
11Pablo GonzálezStriker
10Gaetano D'AgostinoMidfielder
22Mattia DestroStriker
Players to Watch
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The giant Swede seems to be scoring on a regular basis this season, and has netted eight goals in his last seven league games. With the oppurtunity available to fire his side to the Serie A summit, he will be hoping his impressive strike rate continues.
Emanuele Calaiò
Emanuele Calaiò
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The former Napoli forward has been the Bianconeri's main attacking threat this season, and with five strikes so far this term, he is the club's top goalscorer. The captain has suffered a dip in form in recent weeks, failing to score in his last four league outings, so he will be raring to go against the champions.
Prediction
The visitors are really struggling at the minute and sit just two points above the drop zone, and with Milan having the added incentive of claiming top spot in Serie A, a comfortable home victory seems a likely outcome.
Editor's Prediction
Milan 3
Siena 0

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