Serie A leaders Milan return to action with a trip to the Stadio Ciro Vigorito, where the Rossoneri will play Benevento on Sunday evening. Stefano Pioli will hope the brief winter break provides a shot in the arm for his team after a little wobble before Christmas.
Where and when: Stadio Ciro Vigorito – 3 January, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Benevento vs. Milan: Premier Sports, LiveScore app
Last time: Pietro Iemmello was the hero for Benevento, as the Sorcerers conjured up a shock 1-0 victory at the San Siro in April 2018.
Benevento v Milan Predictions and Preview
Benevento come into this clash with this season’s early pacesetters looking to maintain their unbeaten record against Milan. The clubs have only met twice before, in their Serie A double-header during Benevento’s only other foray into the Italian top flight in 2017/18.
Benevento twice came from behind in the first meeting between the teams in that campaign, securing a 2-2 draw courtesy of a 95th-minute Alberto Brignoli strike. Now at Empoli, that was Brignoli’s one and only career goal across a decade as a pro, but Benevento are hoping lightning can strike twice in the form of another upset this weekend.
That will be tough though. Milan have been excellent this season, and now boast the only unbeaten record in Serie A, following Juventus’s loss to Fiorentina just before Christmas. However, the Rossoneri’s local rivals, Inter, have reeled them in after two draws in their last four games.
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That said, Milan recovered from those disappointments to beat in-form Sassuolo and Lazio in their last two games before the two-week break. Now, Pioli’s side must continue their winning run to stay atop the Serie A table.
Benevento come into this game on the back of a decent run of their own. Unbeaten in three, they’ve won back-to-back games against Genoa and Udinese, both courtesy of 2-0 scorelines. Led by former Milan striker Filippo Inzaghi, Benevento spent Christmas in 10th place and are eight points clear of the relegation zone as we head towards the midway point of the season.
Maintaining or improving that gap to the bottom three is going to be very tough this weekend, with the home team the 19/4 underdogs in this Benevento v Milan preview. The visitors are yet to taste defeat this term, and are the 5/8 favourites to claim the spoils. A draw would be a brilliant result for the hosts given the circumstances, and they are 16/5 with William Hill to get it.
One to watch for Benevento: Gianluca Caprari has scored four goals in 12 Serie A appearances so far this term, and he is 10/1 to break the deadlock in these Benevento v Milan predictions.
One to watch for Milan: Zlatan Ibrahimovic has 10 goals to his name and should be fully fit following the winter break. The Swede will be the favourite to open the scoring if he starts this game.
Long shot: Milan are yet to lose in Serie A this season, but fell to a 1-1 defeat the last time they played Benevento. The same result here is priced at 21/1, while another 2-2 between the teams at the Stadio Ciro Vigorito is available at 15/1.