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  • May 19, 2013
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Comunale Artemio Franchi - Montepaschi Arena, Siena
  • Referee: M. Bergonzi
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Siena-AC Milan Preview: Rossoneri look to wrap up third place in Tuscany

Siena-AC Milan Preview: Rossoneri look to wrap up third place in Tuscany

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Massimiliano Allegri's men are in control of their own destiny and only need to better Fiorentina's result to qualify for next season's Champions League


Siena approach their last Serie A fixture for quite some time following their relegation last week with almost a full-strength squad to call upon, as only veteran captain Simone Vergassola, Carlos Matheu and Nicola Pozzi are ruled out for the visit of AC Milan.

Nonetheless, coach Beppe Iachini is expected to name a second-string side against the Rossoneri, with only Alessio Sestu and Claudio Terzi likely to retain their places from last weekend's 2-1 defeat to Napoli.

Milan, on the the hand, have successfully turned their season around and lie one match away from featuring in next season's Champions League for a fifth consecutive campaign.

To achieve their feat, only Nigel de Jong and Bojan Krkic are missing through injury, while Sulley Muntari is suspended. With that in mind, the Ghanaian midfielder will be replaced by Riccardo Montolivo.

   DID YOU KNOW?
  • Milan only need to better Fiorentina's result or win at San Siro to finish third.

  • Barring a defeat to champions Juventus last month, the Rossoneri have not lost a Serie A match since the turn of the year.
  • They have failed to qualify for the Champions League just twice since the millennium.
  • Siena have lost their last five matches on the bounce.

  • In addition, their record against Milan is poor with just one win in 14 previous meetings.
  • Innocent Emeghara (pictured, right) has been a rare bright spot in the Tuscans' season with an impressive seven goals in just 12 appearances.

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Odds
Team News
Available Squads
32Christian AbbiatiGoalkeeper
2Mattia De SciglioDefender
5Philippe MexesDefender
17Cristian ZapataDefender
20Ignazio AbateDefender
-Antonio NocerinoMidfielder
18Riccardo MontolivoMidfielder
13Massimo AmbrosiniMidfielder
-RobinhoStriker
78M'Baye NiangStriker
45Mario BalotelliStriker
14Marco AmeliaGoalkeeper
-GabrielGoalkeeper
4Bartosz SalamonDefender
-Kevin Constant Midfielder
25Daniele BoneraDefender
33Mario YepesDefender
3Luca AntoniniDefender
81Cristian ZaccardoDefender
20Mathieu FlaminiMidfielder
-Bakaye TraoréMidfielder
11Giampaolo PazziniStriker
92Stephan El ShaarawyStriker
Players to Watch
Innocent Emeghara
Innocent Emeghara
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 20
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Swiss striker, currently on loan from Ligue 1 side Lorient, has been a rare bright spot in Siena's season, having scored an impressive seven goals in just 12 appearances since his loan move in January. Emeghara's strike rate will in doubt have played on the minds of other top-flight sides in and around Europe so he could be in line for one last hurrah before he returns to France.
Mario Balotelli
Mario Balotelli
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 45
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Following the racist abuse directed at him against Roma, Balotelli will be keen to prove a point in Tuscany and show his strength in the face of adversity. That combined with an even more ruthless run of 11 goals in 12 matches means the striker should be in business again on Sunday, so expect him to have his sights solely fixated on firing the side to next season's Champions League.
Prediction
With Siena's relegation to Serie B already sealed, Milan still have everything to play for after Fiorentina took the race for Serie A's third and final Champions League place down to the wire last weekend but should run out as comfortable victors at the Artemio Franchi.
Editor's Prediction
Siena 0
Milan 2

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