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  • February 1, 2014
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
  • Referee: A. Damato
  • • Attendance: 35200
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Draw 3.75 3.50 4.20 4.00
Torino 5.50 6.50 5.00 6.50
AC Milan-Torino Preview: Balotelli banned but Essien could debut for resurgent Rossoneri

AC Milan-Torino Preview: Balotelli banned but Essien could debut for resurgent Rossoneri

The San Siro side will be desperate to make it three Serie A wins on the bounce under their new Dutch coach, but the Granata have been proving very difficult to break down of late

If Clarence Seedorf is to continue AC Milan's recent resurgence against Torino on Saturday, he must do so without striker Mario Balotelli.

While the Rossoneri bowed out of the Coppa Italia at the hands of Udinese last week, their new Dutch coach boasts a 100 per cent record in Serie A since taking over from Massimiliano Allegri earlier this month.

Balotelli has been a key figure in Milan's revival, scoring in each of the three games under Seedorf, while also grabbing the winner in the corresponding fixture at San Siro last season.

However, the Italy international striker will miss out on the visit of Giampiero Ventura's men this time round after triggering a suspension with his booking in the 2-1 win over Cagliari last Sunday.

Seedorf's two Serie A wins have propelled Milan up to ninth in the table, but even another victory on Saturday will not move them any further up the standings.

Three points, however, would put Milan within a point of their opponents in sixth, and captain Riccardo Montolivo feels Seedorf's arrival has already had a positive effect on the squad.

"With Seedorf we have begun a new era at the club. Hopefully, everything will go well," the midfielder said.

"I think we have a good team, but Clarence's impact has been great."

This promises to be Seedorf's biggest test yet as Milan boss, though, with Torino flying in Serie A - just a point off Inter, who occupy the final European qualification spot.

Torino have lost just once in their last nine matches in all competitions and are unbeaten in three, having not conceded a goal since January 6, against Parma.

It is the first time Torino have kept three consecutive clean sheets in Serie A since May 2007, but, historically speaking, it is Milan who have the upper hand in this fixture, especially at San Siro.

Five of the sides' last eight meetings in Milan have ended in victories for the hosts, with the Granata scoring just twice on their last six visits to the Giuseppe Meazza.

Michael Essien could make his debut for Milan, having completed his first training session at the club on Wednesday following his move from Chelsea, while Torino will begin life without defender Danilo D'Ambrosio, who has joined Inter.

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May 18, 2014Fiorentina 2 - Torino 2ITA1
May 11, 2014Torino 1 - Parma 1ITA1
May 4, 2014Chievo 0 - Torino 1ITA1
Apr 27, 2014Torino 2 - Udinese 0ITA1
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Available Squads
32Christian AbbiatiGoalkeeper
2Mattia De SciglioDefender
4Adil RamiDefender
25Daniele BoneraDefender
4Sulley MuntariMidfielder
10Keisuke HondaStriker
18Riccardo MontolivoMidfielder
8Urby EmanuelsonMidfielder
7RobinhoStriker
11Giampaolo PazziniStriker
8KakáMidfielder
14Marco AmeliaGoalkeeper
59GabrielGoalkeeper
5Philippe MexesDefender
20Ignazio AbateDefender
21Kevin Constant Midfielder
81Cristian ZaccardoDefender
8Riccardo SaponaraMidfielder
-Michael EssienMidfielder
24Bryan CristanteMidfielder
34Nigel De JongMidfielder
-Andrea PetagnaStriker
30Daniele PadelliGoalkeeper
17Salvatore MasielloDefender
19Nikola MaksimovićDefender
24Emiliano MorettiDefender
25Kamil GlikDefender
36Matteo DarmianDefender
4Migjen BashaMidfielder
8Alexander FarnerudMidfielder
11Alessio CerciMidfielder
20Giuseppe VivesMidfielder
-Ciro ImmobileStriker
-Lys GomisGoalkeeper
-Tommaso BerniGoalkeeper
2Guillermo RodriguezDefender
5Cesare BovoDefender
26Giovanni PasqualeDefender
7Omar El KaddouriMidfielder
77Panagiotis TachtsidisMidfielder
28Jasmin KurtićMidfielder
10Paulo Vitor BarretoStriker
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