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  • September 29, 2012
  • • 17:00
  • • Stadio Ennio Tardini, Parma
  • Referee: G. Rocchi
  • • Attendance: 14000
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Parma - AC Milan preview: Allegri's men look to make it two wins on the trot to relieve the pressure

Parma - AC Milan preview: Allegri's men look to make it two wins on the trot to relieve the pressure

The Rossoneri recorded a much needed victory over Cagliari on Wednesday evening and they will hope to buy their under-pressure coach some more time with another three points

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

PARMA

Mirante
Zaccardo, Paletta, Lucarelli
Rosi, Parolo, Morrone, Galloppa, Gobbi
Pabon, Belfodil
AC MILAN

Abbiati
Abate, Bonera, Mexes, De Sciglio
Ambrosini, De Jong, Nocerino
Robinho, Pazzini, El Shaarawy


San Siro breathed a collective sigh of relief following AC Milan’s 2-0 victory over Cagliari on Wednesday night and one man in particular puffed his cheeks more than most.

The result was only Milan’s second win of the season inside their opening five Serie A fixtures and with vice-president Adriano Galliani delivering the dreaded vote of confidence in support of beleagured coach Massimiliano Allegri a little over a week ago, the three points could not have come at a better time.

Interestingly, the win arrived with the 45-year-old trainer sat in the stands as he served a one-match touchline ban, and he will be keen to prove that he can replicate that success once again with him dictating proceedings from the dugout.

Standing in his way of doing just that are Parma and given their own middling opening to the campaign, Milan will have few better opportunities of recording back to back victories.

Goals have been in short supply for Roberto Donadoni’s side since the return of Sebastian Giovinco to Juventus over the summer, following a season-long loan spell at the club. Just five have been scored inside the same number of league games and that statistic could well be their undoing on Saturday.

Parma will be without Jaime Valdes through suspension, while Fabiano Santacroce and Rafaelle Palladino miss out through injury.

Milan trio Alexandre Pato, Mathieu Flamini and Sulley Muntari remain absent through injury, as the two sides look to kick-start their respective campaigns.



  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Milan’s victory over Cagliari on Wednesday evening was their first at San Siro this season, with the club making their worst home start to a campaign for 82 years.

  • The Rossoneri may well have made a poor start but their battling qualities remain. Three of their six league goals have been scored between the 76th and 90th minute.

  • Giampaolo Pazzini is Milan’s top goalscorer with three goals, but all of those strikes came in the 3-1 victory over Bologna.

  • Goals have been hard to come by for Parma – Donadoni’s side have hit the back of the net just five times in their opening five Serie A matches.

  • No Crociati player has scored more than a single goal to date, with five different goalscorers getting themselves on the scoresheet.

  • The Stadio Ennio Tardini has been half empty for their opening two Serie A home games, with an average attendance of 15,375 in a stadium that can house up to 27,906 supporters (though presently only 23,045 are authorised).

Players to watch

A. Lucarelli

Position: Defender

Games: 17

  • 1
  • 8
  • 0

The veteran centre-back was in goalscoring form in his side’s last Serie A outing, as Parma drew 1-1 with Genoa on Wednesday night and he will need to produce another polished display to keep Saturday’s visitors at bay.

Milan have not had the best of starts but in Robinho, Pazzini and El Shaarawy, they still possess a forward line of notable repute and one capable of causing problems for even the sturdiest of rearguards.

S. El Shaarawy

Position: Attacker

Games: 15

  • 1
  • 2
  • 0

With Milan in desperate need of calm and authority in light of their recent troubles, you may have expected one of their senior figures to come to the fore and steady the on-field ship.

On Wednesday night, however, it was the 19-year-old Italian who displayed an admirable maturity with two match-winning goals of monumental importance.

Goals, as they say, breed confidence and the forward might just fancy his chances of ending his week on a high by adding to his tally on Saturday afternoon.

Editor's Prediction

Parma are unbeaten at home so far this season and though Milan will be buoyed by their win on Wednesday, that does not mask over their evident problems. A tight encounter could ensue, with the two teams having to settle for a point.

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