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Serie A

  • May 5, 2013
  • • 14:00
  • • Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
  • Referee: A. Damato
  • • Attendance: 43000

AC Milan-Torino Preview: Rossoneri clambering for Champions League qualification

AC Milan-Torino Preview: Rossoneri clambering for Champions League qualification


Massimiliano Allegri has fresh injury worries as his side look to move a step closer to securing a spot in the top three with victory over the Serie A strugglers

AC Milan could be without Riccardo Montolivo (hamstring) for the visit of Torino to San Siro after the midfielder picked up an injury in training this week, while Giampaolo Pazzini's heroics last weekend are unlikely to see him force his way into the team at the expense of Mario Balotelli.

The Rossoneri also look set to be without on-loan striker Bojan Krkic for the end of season run-in after the 22-year-old sustained a thigh injury, but there is better news for Massimiliano Allegri at the back as Christian Abbiati could return to take his place between the sticks.

Meanwhile, opposition coach Giampiero Ventura has a juggling act to perform as he contemplates resting players for his side’s vital relegation clash with Genoa, just three days after his side visit Milan.

Strikers Rolando Bianchi and Riccardo Meggiorini started the Turin derby against Juventus last weekend but both could be rested on Sunday, with Udinese loanee Paulo Barreto taking up the lone forward role.

Valerio Di Cesare is expected to deputise in central defence for the suspended Kamil Glik after the Pole was sent off in last weekend’s derby defeat.

  • AC Milan have scored in every home match they have played in 2013, notching 20 goals in nine games at San Siro.
  • The Rossoneri could have a big impact on this season’s Serie A relegation battle as Allegri’s men have to play three of the bottom five sides in their final four matches.

  • Right-back Ignazio Abate (pictured, right) signed for Milan from Torino back in 2009 having played 25 games for the Turin outfit.

  • This season’s reverse fixture saw Milan come from behind in Turin to beat Ventura’s side 4-2 in a game that was overshadowed by a season-ending injury to Nigel de Jong.

  • Torino have only picked up one win in their last nine matches in Serie A, a run that has seen them slip into a relegation dogfight.

  • Ventura’s men have been draw specialists on the road this season, with nine matches finishing all square on their travels - more than any other club in the division.

Players to watch

M. Flamini

Position: Midfielder

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The French midfielder has finally found his shooting boots in the last few weeks, scoring in all three of his last outings for the Rossoneri. His well taken volley against Catania last time around was the first time the former Arsenal star had scored in a Milan victory and I'm sure he wouldn't mind contributing to another win against Torino.

A. Cerci

Position: Midfielder

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It's been somewhat of a breakthrough season for 25-year-old Cerci. The former Fiorentina winger had been linked with the likes of Manchester City in summers past but last August he found himself winding his way to Turin's less glamorous outfit. Rather than a move that has seen him put on the back burner, the Italian has excelled in his new surroundings and picked up his first caps for his country earlier this year. He'll need to display that same form that gained him international recognition if his side are to avoid defeat in Milan, and, moreover, avoid the drop.

Editor's Prediction

Milan have been on an unstoppable run in the second half of the season and few in Serie A have been able to find an answer to the Rossoneri's new look front three, spearheaded by Mario Balotelli. Torino on the other hand have had a woeful time of things since January and having looked comfortable for most of the season, Ventura's side are now on the brink of an almighty relegation scrap. It doesn't look like things will get any better for them at the Giuseppe Meazza either and I fully expect the home side to pick up a comfortable three points.

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