Torino - AC Milan Preview: Rossoneri seek to maintain resurgent form in Turin
After another disappointing home display in Europe, Massimilano Allegri's men turn their attentions back to Serie A and a tricky visit to Stadio Olimpico
By Harry Slavin
Darmian, Di Cesare, Ogbonna, D'Ambrosio
Cerci, Basha, Gazzi, Santana
De Sciglio, Mexes, Yepes, Constant
Nocerino, De Jong, Emanuelson
Robinho, Bojan, El Shaarawy
AC Milan will be looking to make it three wins in a row in Serie A for the first time this season when they face Torino on Sunday.
Massimiliano Allegri fielded a weakened side at San Siro midweek as they lost 1-0 to Zenit St Petersburg and a host of regulars are expected to return to the starting XI at Stadio Olimpico.
One player that is unlikely to feature, however, is midfielder Riccardo Montolivo. The Italy international has been back in training after coming off with an injury against Catania last weekend, and he is not expected to feature for AC Milan.
Kevin-Prince Boateng will also miss out as he serves his suspension after his sending off in the 3-1 win against the Sicilian outfit. The game comes to soon for the sidelined trio of Sulley Muntari, Alexandre Pato and Bakaye Traore, but they are all set to return in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, the hosts are sweating over the fitness of strikers Riccardo Meggiorini and Alessandro Sgrigna.
Giampiero Ventura is also forced to reshuffle his defence after Kamil Glik's sending-off in the Turin derby last weekend, with Valerio Di Cesare expected to start in the Pole's absence.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Defeat to Zenit on Tuesday means AC Milan are still to win a game at home in Europe this season after drawing their opening two fixtures.
- The Rossoneri have scored in every one of their 7 away games in Serie A so far this season.
- That record, however, is largely down to the impressive talent of Stephan El Shaarawy (pictured, right) who has netted in the last 6 consecutive away league matches.
- Torino are on a disappointing run of form in the league, winning only 1 of their last 9 encounters.
- Il Granata have a poor record against Sunday's opponents in recent years and have only won once in their last 24 Serie A clashes.
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Top 3 Predictions
Torino 0-3 AC Milan
- 23.04 %
Torino 0-2 AC Milan
- 16.87 %
Torino 1-3 AC Milan
- 15.18 %
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Feb 1, 2014||AC Milan 1 - Torino 1|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Sep 14, 2013||Torino 2 - AC Milan 2|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||May 5, 2013||AC Milan 1 - Torino 0|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Dec 9, 2012||Torino 2 - AC Milan 4|
|Italy - Serie A (ITA1)||Apr 19, 2009||AC Milan 5 - Torino 1|
|Mar 9, 2014||FC Internazionale 1 - Torino 0||ITA1|
|Mar 2, 2014||Torino 0 - Sampdoria 2||ITA1|
|Feb 23, 2014||Juventus 1 - Torino 0||ITA1|
|Feb 17, 2014||Hellas Verona 1 - Torino 3||ITA1|
|Feb 9, 2014||Torino 1 - Bologna 2||ITA1|
|-||Valerio Di Cesare||Defender|
|2||Mattia De Sciglio||Defender|
|34||Nigel De Jong||Midfielder|
|92||Stephan El Shaarawy||Striker|
The former Manchester City front man has been the closest thing Torino have had to a regular goalscorer this season. While he has only found the net on 4 occasions this season that is still double the amount any of his team-mates have mustered and he'll need to be sharp on Sunday if he is to cause Abbiati and his defence any discomfort.
|Stephan El Shaarawy|
The wonderboy cannot stop scoring at the moment and Milan's overreliance on his goals shows a fantastic maturity at such a young age. Mentioned in the same breath as Neymar in the corridors of Milan, the striker has a bright future ahead of him and expect him to bag in Turin - the 20-year old has scored in the Rossoneri's last 6 away league fixtures.
Massimiliano Allegri will be bitterly disappointed if his side cannot produce the goods in Turin on Sunday. Milan have a good record against Torino in Serie A and have only lost once in their last 12 league visits. Il Granata have struggled in front of goal at home this season, drawing a blank on no less than three occassions.
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