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  • September 24, 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
  • Referee: A. Giannoccaro
  • • Attendance: 41000
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Serie A Preview: AC Milan v Cesena

The Scudetto holders will be looking to pick up their first victory of the new campaign when they lock horns with Marco Giampaolo's side at San Siro


PROBABLE LINE-UPS
AC Milan (4-3-1-2): Abbiati; Abate, Nesta, Thiago Silva, Zambrotta; Nocerino, van Bommel, Seedorf; Aquilani; El Shaarawy, Cassano


The injury list at Milan keeps on growing by the day as Alexandre Pato has been ruled out for a month after picking up a thigh injury against Udinese on Wednesday. Defenders Luca Antonini, Philippe Mexes and Daniele Bonera are not fit to feature against Cesena while midfielders Mathieu Flamini, Gennaro Gattuso, Massimo Ambrosini and Kevin-Prince Boateng will also miss out. Attackers Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robinho are sidelined but Pippo Inzaghi may see some action off the bench on Saturday.

Cesena (4-3-3): Ravaglia; Ceccarelli, Von Bergen, Rossi, Lauro; Parolo, Colucci, Guana; Eder, Mutu, Candreva



Cesena coach Marco Giampaolo almost has a full squad at his disposal but will be unable to call on Francesco Antonioli and Vincenzo Rennella who are out due to injury.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Milan are winless in the first three games of the new campaign.
  • The players currently on the treatment table for the Rossoneri accounted for 50 Serie A goals last season.
  • Massimiliano Allegri's men were held to four draws at home last term but have already picked up two in two matches at San Siro this season.
  • The Serie A champions conceded 12 goals in their own backyard last year.
  • Cesena beat Milan 2-0 in the second game of the 2010-11 campaign.
  • The Seahorses suffered 10 defeats on their travels last season.
  • Cesena lost 10 games by a one-goal margin last term.
  • Marco Giampaolo's men conceded 29 goals away from home during the last campaign.

Players to watch

S. El Shaarawy

Position: Attacker

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The 18-year-old attacker came off the bench to score his first goal for the club in the 1-1 draw with Udinese midweek and will need to duplicate that kind of display in the absence of Ibrahimovic and Pato on Saturday evening.

A. Mutu

Position: Attacker

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The 32-year-old striker will be replied upon to provide the scoring punch for the visitors as they look to pull off a shock at San Siro. The Romanian has a goal to his name already this season and would love to add to his personal tally against the Scudetto holders.

Editor's Prediction

The injuries for Milan keep piling up but the Serie A champions should still have enough firepower to squeak past Cesena at San Siro.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Milan

Cesena

Wins
4
1
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

AC Milan MIL
AC Milan Milan
Draw
ASD Romagna Centro Cesena CES
ASD Romagna Centro Cesena Cesena
92%

Top 3 Predictions

AC Milan MIL
2 - 0
ASD Romagna Centro Cesena CES
AC Milan MIL
3 - 0
ASD Romagna Centro Cesena CES
AC Milan MIL
3 - 1
ASD Romagna Centro Cesena CES

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