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AC Milan vs Genoa: All you need to know about this match

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AC Milan will have to rebound from a painful setback as they take on Genoa at the Stadio San Siro.

Rossoneri fans, players, and anyone affiliated with the seven-time Champions League winners are still seething after losing to Juventus last week Friday. It was not the lost that will have Milan supporters angry, but how. Juventus, a team that some have argued receives better treatment by referees in Italy (especially at Juventus Stadium) did little to dispel that growing belief as they received a spot-kick in the late minutes of stoppage time.

It was a contentious one at best, but it was enough to undo Milan’s hard work, and Vincenzo Montella’s men ended up on the wrong end of a 2-1 score-line. Nonetheless, they are still in contention for Europa League football, something that, given they have failed to qualify at all for Europe for the past few seasons, will at least be some kind of redemption for the struggling side.

Of course, were this still December, they would be in contention for a Champions League spot, but that ship has long sailed. A top six finish is the objective, and they will have a great chance to get back on track as they host Genoa. The Grifone have been absolutely abysmal as of late, and have won just one out of their last 13 games. They come into this match having lost to Sampdoria in the Derby della Lanterna.
That marks the first time since 1960 that Genoa have lost both “home” and “away” to their bitter cross-town rivals, and that comes as yet another major blow for a team who were once considered as dark horses for a European spot.

To compound matters, Genoa have been quite poor on the road this season. They have won just three times and have problems both scoring and keeping their opponents from scoring. In fact, the Grifone have shipped two or more goals in nine out of their last 14 away fixtures, which represents a perfect opportunity for Milan to gain some of that confidence back. However, it may be a lot easier said than done due to some major absences the hosts are facing.

Match Facts:

Italian Serie A.
Date: Saturday, 18th March 2017
Kick-Off: 19:45 UK/18.30 IST
Venue: Stadio San Siro (Milan)

 

The home side have dropped all their points this season to sides who are currently in the top six. They’ve been beaten by well organised teams, side with potential European ambitions. Meanwhile, Genoa have been struggling for results over the course of the last 11 months. They fell apart in December last year, and their high point in that time was probably their 3-2 win over a hapless Cagliari side.

AC Milan vs Genoa: Head-to-head statistics

  • Milan have a record of W11-D7-L2 in their last 20 home games against teams ranked below them in the table.
  • Genoa have a record of W2-D3-L15 in their last 20 away games against teams ranked above them in the table.
  • The Grifone have failed to win 11 of their last 12 matches.
  • Milan have lost only one of their last 25 home Serie A games against Genoa (W18 D6).
  • Genoa have won four of their last five Serie A meetings against Milan (L1).
  • This is after gaining only two points in the previous eight meetings.
  • Milan have scored in all their last 16 home league games against Genoa.

AC Milan vs Genoa: Prediction

Milan have some major absentee worries ahead of this fixture. Carlos Bacca, Jose Sosa, and Alessio Romagnoli are all suspended. Meanwhile, Ignazio Abate, Suso, Giacomo Bonaventura, and Riccardo Montolivo are all out injured.

Genoa also have some notable abentees, including Mattia Perin and Miguel
Veloso (injury) whilst veteran defender Nicolas Burdisso is banned for this clash. The Grifone also won the reverse encounter 3-0, but that was during a time they also beat Juventus 3-1 – when things were actually going right for the team. A lot has changed since then.

Given that Milan have not been able to keep clean sheets in their past few home games, the visitors may be able to nick a goal, but if the Rossoneri truly want to put their loss to Juve behind them, they should be able to take advantage of Genoa’s flagging form to get something out of this game.

 

Team News:

AC Milan~

Andrea Conti remains out for Milan, but the hosts do have Hakan Calhanoglu back from suspension.

 

Genoa~

Gianluca Lapadula returns to face his form club, after missing the last few matches for Genoa.

 

Predicted Line ups:

AC MILAN PREDICTED LINE UP: G. Donnarumma, I. Abate, R. Rodríguez, M. Musacchio, L. Bonucci,  A. Conti, H. Çalhanoğlu, J. Mauri,  L. Biglia, F. Kessié, R. Montolivo, N. Kalinić,  André Silva,  P. Cutrone,  F. Borini and  Suso.

WHO TO WATCH:  André Silva is the leading top goal scorer for AC Milan with 4 goals.  Suso has the top most assist and they will both feature in this match.

GENOA CFC PREDICTED LINE UP:   M. Perin, D. Biraschi, S. Gentiletti,  L. Rossettini, S. Gentiletti, E. Zukanović, S. Omeonga,  D. Laxalt, Miguel Veloso, D. Lazović,  A. Taarabt, A. Bertolacci, G. Lapadula,  R. Palladino, G. Pandev, P. Pellegri and A. Galabinov.

WHO TO WATCH: Andrej Galabinov is the leading top goal scorer for Genoa CFC with 4 goals. A. Taarabt has the top most assist and they will both feature in this match.