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Serie A

  • April 29, 2012
  • • 14:00
  • • Stadio Comunale Artemio Franchi - Montepaschi Arena, Siena
  • Referee: C. Brighi
  • • Attendance: 14655

Siena - AC Milan Preview: Rossoneri aim to avoid slip-up in hope of catching Serie A title rivals Juventus

Siena - AC Milan Preview: Rossoneri aim to avoid slip-up in hope of catching Serie A title rivals Juventus

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The hosts have virtually assured their top-flight status for next season with a positive run, so Allegri's side will have their work cut out for them as they chase the Scudetto



Vitiello, Rosettini, Terzi, Del Grosso
Mannini, Vergassola, Gazzi, Brienza
Destro, Bogdani


Abate, Bonera, Mexes, Antonini
Gattuso, Van Bommel, Muntari
Ibrahimovic, Cassano

Siena's recent positive form has seen them move up to 10th in the standings and coach Giuseppe Sannino will be hoping playmaker Franco Brienza and forward Mattia Destro can both light up the stage once again this week, as they have been pivotal to the Robur's cause in recent matches.

However, he may have to turn to veteran Erjon Bogdan as Destro's partner, as Emanuele Calaio has been ruled out for the rest of the season and Pablo Gonzalez is also injured. Defender Andrea Rossi is suspended, but left-back Cristiano Del Grosso should re-enter the fray after missing the 1-1 draw with Bologna in midweek.

Despite hope Thiago Silva could return, AC Milan remain without the talented centre-back who continues to nurse a muscle injury. Veteran Alessandro Nesta may rest after he has featured constantly in recent fixtures, so Philippe Mexes and Daniele Bonera could make up their defensive pairing.

Striker Alexandre Pato and combative midfielder Massimo Ambrosini are on the sidelines, but Kevin-Prince Boateng, who scored the winner versus Genoa on Wednesday, should start behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic and one of Stephan El Shaarawy or Antonio Cassano. A couple other attacking options, Clarence Seedorf and Robinho, have been left out of the match squad by coach Massimiliano Allegri.

  • Siena have lost just two of their last 10 Serie A matches, winning six of those. They currently sit eight points above the relegation zone with four games remaining.
  • Destro has scored in five of his last six appearances for the Robur. The 21-year-old has 10 goals in 27 appearances this campaign.
  • The Tuscan club have not beaten Milan in league play since April 2005.
  • AC Milan have come out as the victors on the last six occasions they have faced Siena in Serie A.
  • Despite recent struggles on home soil, the Rossoneri have won five of their last six league matches on the road.
  • The Rossoneri have the best attack in Serie A (scoring 64 times) and Ibrahimovic is the top-scorer thus far this season (with 24 goals).


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Head to Head
Italy - Serie A ‎(ITA1)‎ May 19, 2013 Siena 1 - AC Milan 2
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Italy - Serie A ‎(ITA1)‎ Apr 29, 2012 Siena 1 - AC Milan 4
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Italy - Serie A ‎(ITA1)‎ Dec 17, 2011 AC Milan 2 - Siena 0
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Italy - Serie A ‎(ITA1)‎ Jan 17, 2010 AC Milan 4 - Siena 0
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Last Five Matches
May 30, 2014Varese 2 - Siena 0ITA2
May 25, 2014Siena 2 - Padova 0ITA2
May 19, 2014Latina 0 - Siena 3ITA2
May 13, 2014Siena 2 - Reggina 1ITA2
May 10, 2014Pescara 1 - Siena 0ITA2
Team News
Available Squads
1Zeljko BrkicGoalkeeper
-Roberto VitielloDefender
27Cristiano Del GrossoDefender
15Luca RossettiniDefender
19Claudio TerziDefender
8Simone VergassolaMidfielder
14Alessandro GazziMidfielder
-Paolo GrossiMidfielder
16Marcelo LarrondoStriker
22Mattia DestroStriker
21Franco BrienzaStriker
79Gianluca PegoloGoalkeeper
-Nicola BelmonteDefender
4Matteo ContiniDefender
10Gaetano D'AgostinoMidfielder
15Francesco BolzoniMidfielder
10Alessio SestuMidfielder
-Daniele ManniniMidfielder
-Erjon BogdaniStriker
32Christian AbbiatiGoalkeeper
-Djamel MesbahDefender
20Ignazio AbateDefender
25Daniele BoneraDefender
33Mario YepesDefender
17Mark van BommelMidfielder
8Gennaro Ivan GattusoMidfielder
4Sulley MuntariMidfielder
9Kevin-Prince BoatengMidfielder
10Zlatan IbrahimovicStriker
99Antonio CassanoStriker
14Marco AmeliaGoalkeeper
5Philippe MexesDefender
3Luca AntoniniDefender
13Alessandro NestaDefender
10Alberto AquilaniMidfielder
-Antonio NocerinoMidfielder
-Maxi LópezStriker
92Stephan El ShaarawyStriker
Players to Watch
Mattia Destro
Mattia Destro
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 22
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
The Italy Under-21 star, on loan from Genoa, has been a real handful for defences as of late, and his pace and finishing ability have not gone unnoticed by Serie A's bigger clubs. The striker could prove to be a real thorn in Milan's side on Sunday.
Kevin-Prince Boateng
Kevin-Prince Boateng
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Rossoneri's 4-3-1-2 formation always seems to flow much better when the former Portsmouth man is available and firing. His explosive bursts from midfield are a key component to the Milan attack and he will hope to pick up where he left off on Wednesday when he scored a late winner.
This fixture represents a potential banana-skin for the Rossoneri, but since they still trail Juventus by three points at the summit of Serie A they know they cannot afford any more mistakes. It will by no means be easy, but with Boateng and Cassano once again available one expects the visitors to earn the victory they require.
Editor's Prediction
Siena 1
Milan 2

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