AC Milan - Reggina Preview: Serie B strugglers look to stir up shock at San Siro
Massimiliano Allegri will be hoping his side progress to the quarter-finals without too much trouble against Davide Dionigi's men and is expected to give fringe players a run out
By Craig Turnbull
Abate, Zapata, Acerbi, Mesbah
Cristante, Flamini, Strasser
Boateng, Niang, Bojan
Freddi, Ely, Lucioni
Melara, Armellino, Hetemaj, Rizzato
AC Milan are expected to ring the changes for their Coppa Italia clash with Serie B side Reggina. Out go a whole host of first-team names and in come fringe players and youngsters desperate to stake their claims in front of coach Massimiliano Allegri.
Nigel de Jong is out for the rest of the season, having ruptured his Achillies tendon during Milan's 4-2 win over Torino, while emerging talisman Stephan El Shaarawy is likely to be rested. Summer signing Mame Niang is expected to start in his place.
Elsewhere, Kevin-Prince Boateng returns from suspension and Sulley Muntari could make his long-awaited return to the first team following his recovery from knee ligament damage.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- AC Milan have never lost at home to Reggina in the nine times they have met at San Siro.
- The last time the two sides faced each other was back in 2009 when Reggina held the Rossoneri to a 1-1 draw. Mathieu Flamini (pictured, right) could be the only player that played in that match to feature on Thursday.
- Milan's biggest win against Reggina on home soil was a 5-1 success back in 2008.
- Reggina knocked out Serie A side Chievo to reach the last 16 of the Coppa Italia for the the first time since 2008.
- Rodrigo Ely and Gianmario Comi, who both play for the Amaranto, are on loan from Milan.
- Reggina last beat Milan 2-0 back in 2007 at Stadio Oreste Granillo.
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Top 3 Predictions
AC Milan 3-0 Reggina
- 21.69 %
AC Milan 2-0 Reggina
- 12.29 %
AC Milan 3-1 Reggina
- 11.9 %
|Italy - Coppa Italia (ITAC)||13 Dec 2012||AC Milan 3 - Reggina 0|
|Serie A (SR-A)||7 Feb 2009||AC Milan 1 - Reggina 1|
|Serie A (SR-A)||24 Sep 2008||Reggina 1 - AC Milan 2|
|2 Mar 2014||AC Milan 0 - Juventus 2||SR-A|
|23 Feb 2014||Sampdoria 0 - AC Milan 2||SR-A|
|19 Feb 2014||AC Milan 0 - Atlético de Madrid 1||UCL|
|14 Feb 2014||AC Milan 1 - Bologna 0||SR-A|
|8 Feb 2014||Napoli 3 - AC Milan 1||SR-A|
|2||Mattia De Sciglio||Defender|
|92||Stephan El Shaarawy||Striker|
|-||Vito Di Bari||Defender|
|-||Adriano Silva Louzada||Striker|
The 22-year-old has been in and out of the team recently and will be determined to showcase his talent here. The diminuitive striker has a low centre of gravity which enables him to skip past his opponents and if given the chance, could cause the visitors' defence all sorts of problems.
The young Italian striker has seven goals to his name this season and netted against Nocerina in this competition to help the Amaranto progress. Up against his parent club Milan, the attacker will be focused on attempting to impress against Allegri's men.
Although the Amaranto pulled off a shock victory in the last round against the Flying Donkeys, Allegri's charges - despite fielding a weakened team - should easily dispose of the Serie B side who are struggling to avoid the drop.
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