Foot Predictions shows the Serie A clash on Saturday between Spezia and AC Milan, including predictions, preview and possible lineups.
Continuing his search for the first Scudetto in a decade, AC Milan trip to meet the surprise package of Series A Spezia on Saturday, looking for a victory that can keep them away from the pursuing squad.
Facing a series of potentially defining games next month, the Rossoneri will face Italian VincenzoThe gifted team at Stadio Alberto Picco, after a welcome return to victories.
League leader Milan will end a trio of games against Spezia this weekend, with a series of crucial clashes on their tight schedule.
In the next weeks, Stefano PioliThe men of the team will face the co-tenants of San Siro and their main rivals for the title Inter, Roma and Napoli in the league, with a two-legged draw of the Europa League against the Red Star of Belgrade to negotiate between the two.
Still two points above Inter, despite some recent defeats, Milan recovered from a test period in which they lost 3-0 at home to Atalanta and left Coppa Italia in the quarter-finals, beating Bologna and Crotone successively Series A rounds
Amid talks about an extension of contract that could take him to the 41st year, the inimitable Rossoneri striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic made history last Sunday, reaching the 500 goals mark in his career club.
With a one-two victory in the 4-0 victory over Crotone, the 39-year-old Swedish star raised his seasonal count to 14 in the championship – two behind Cristiano Ronaldo and just one below the total Ciro Immobile and Romelu Lukaku in an exciting battle for the Capocannoniere crown.
One of Ibra’s main supply lines is the star Hakan Calhanoglu, who has accumulated an impressive seven assists in Serie A since the beginning of December – a common figure in the first five European leagues with Bayern Munich Kingsley Coman. The talented Turkish midfielder’s return to fitness was well received by Pioli, as his team suffered several absences – most of which have now returned just before a particularly challenging period.
As they prepare to visit La Spezia this weekend, Milan can travel knowing that they have not yet been beaten away from home in Serie A this season – with an impressive record of nine wins and a draw away from Stadio Giuseppe Meazza so far. In fact, in the championship, the Rossoneri follow a series of 17 games without losing away from home, since the defeat a year ago, away from home, to Inter.
In contrast to the results obtained by distinguished visitors in recent times, Spezia’s home record has been terrible since the first promotion to the first division last summer. Vincenzo Italiano’s team have accumulated just six points at home – although they have started the season with games in Cesena – meanwhile, they have only one victory.
However, Ligurian clothing proved to be a kind of revelation – especially for the hordes of experts who condemned them as mere food for relegation at the start of the season. The first team to score more than 20 points after 21 games of the season in their Serie A debut since 2003-04, they easily adapted to the rigors of the elite level – also reaching the Coppa quarter-finals Italy in the last month.
The Aquilotti are currently in 16th place in the standings, six points above Cagliari in the relegation zone, so they are still far from safe, but they continue to score valuable points against all odds.
Last week, Spezia won 2-1 at the Mapei Stadium against the top half Sassuolo, ending a three-game losing streak. Coming from a goal ago, the Italian team sealed three precious points through Emmanuel Gyasithe winner in the 78th minute, while they continue to cope admirably in the absence of the top scorer M’Bala Nzola.
French striker aside, young midfielder Tommaso Pobega it has arguably been Spezia’s best performance, with the loan from Milan apparently attracting interest from Premier League clubs amid rumors about the Rossoneri bringing their 21-year-old spring product back to the herd in the summer.
Although Spezia has the option of making the transfer of the player permanent, Milan has a counter option to guarantee its services for the future and should take advantage of this clause, as Pobega has regularly impressed by scoring five goals so far.
In their most recent meeting with their parent club, Milan took the lead 3-0 at San Siro in October, so Pobega hopes to make a better impression on the events this time, as he bets to guarantee his future and the Spezia Series A survival.
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Milan must adjust its four defenders due to suspension of the right wing Davide Calabria, which is likely to be replaced by Diogo Dalot, While Simon Kjaer remains a doubt, so Fikayo Tomori should keep your place beside Alessio Romagnoli in central defense.
There are also doubts about the availability of Sandro Tonali and Brahim Diaz, so Franck Kessie is expected to join Ismael Bennacer, who has been ill recently, in Stefano Pioli’s midfield duo.
Hakan Calhanoglu will return to the XI, probably at the expense of any Ante Rebic or Rafael Leão, while Milan takes a step closer to recovering a squad at full strength.
Home boss Vincenzo Italiano can bring Tommaso Pobega back to the team after serving a suspension last week – with Leo Sena losing. However, defensive mainstay Claudio Terzi is set to stay out due to an injury suffered against Sassuolo, requiring Julian Chabot to get together Martin Erlic in the center of the four defenses.
Strikers M’Bala Nzola and Roberto Piccoli are still injured too, so Andrey Galabinov is the favorite to lead the line, with support from Emmanuel Gyasi and Kevin agudelo widely.
Possible initial lineup for Spezia:
Provedel; Vignali, Erlic, Chabot, Bastoni; Maggiore, Ricci, Pobega; Agudelo, Galabinov, Gyasi
Possible initial lineup for AC Milan:
Donnarumma; Dalot, Tomori, Romagnoli, Hernandez; Bennacer, Kessie; Saelemaekers, Calhanoglu, Rebic; Ibrahimovic
Probability: Spezia 1-3 AC Milan
Not only is there a huge height gap between the two clubs, but the combination of their respective records at home and abroad leads to only one probable result on Saturday.
Now that it is approaching its full availability once again, Milan can flex its range of attacking resources to level the courageous challenge of a Spezia team and put Inter under pressure to equalize its result 24 hours later.