Basement club Chievo host the division’s in-form side as Milan seek a fifth Serie A win in succession. The Rossoneri are nine games unbeaten in all competitions since their disappointing Supercoppa final defeat at the hands of Juventus in mid-January, and should now be considered firm favourites to join the champions and Napoli in Champions League action next term.
Where and when: Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi, Chievo – 9 March, kick-off 19:30
Where you can see Chievo vs. Milan: Premier Sports 1
Last time: Gonzalo Higuain bagged a quickfire double before Jack Bonaventura added to the Rossoneri’s unassailable lead when the squads met in October. Veteran forward Sergio Pellissier netted a consolation for the visitors on the night.
|Over 3.5 goals||9/4||Offer|
|Milan to win 2-0||6/1||Offer|
Chievo to win both halves
Chievo vs. Milan Predictions and Preview
Rock bottom Chievo are 12 points adrift from safety after the latest disappointing showing. The Flying Donkeys were beaten 3-0 against Torino and never really looked like troubling the opposition.
Mimmo Di Carlo tends to set his team up with two leading strikers and a number ten, and if this daring and open system is brought in to the Milan clash the contest could be over before half-time. Chievo are 6/1 to pull off a shock triumph.
In contrast, Milan have been in unstoppable form and the reward for their hard fought 1-0 victory over Sassuolo was displacing their bitter neighbours Inter in the table. In what has been a quite remarkable turnaround, the Rossoneri didn’t really get going domestically until the end of the previous calendar year and Gennaro Gattuso’s troops are fully deserving of their new position.
Much is made of the winter market being notoriously difficult to do business in but Milan had no such issue, signing Lucas Paqueta and Krzysztof Piatek from Flamengo and Genoa respectively.
The duo have made instant impacts alongside their new team-mates and drawn comparisons to Diavolo legends Kaka and Andriy Shevchenko. Paqueta has slotted in seamlessly in to the Rossoneri midfield, offering something different to the physical combative Franck Kessie and Tiémoué Bakayoko and can be found at 7/2 to net anytime during the encounter.
Further forward, Polish sensation Piatek will relish the opportunity to make his mark against a beleaguered backline and ramp up the pressure on Cristiano Ronaldo in the race to be top scorer. The frontman is 2/1 to score first, while the Milan travelling party are 1/2 to clinch yet another win.
One to watch for Chievo: Mariusz Stepinski was surprisingly a substitute in the loss in Turin but should return to the starting line-up. Piatek’s compatriot is 15/2 in the anytime scorer betting.
One to watch for Milan: Suso was the Rossoneri’s go to man before the January arrivals and will want to show he still has a big part to play. The Spaniard is 5/1 to open proceedings.
Long shot: Gattuso has put together a fine side but also has a wealth of options at his disposal from the bench. Patrick Cutrone, Fabio Borini and Samu Castillejo have all contributed at various periods throughout the season and can be relied upon either from the opening whistle or after the break. A convincing 4-0 Diavolo win is 22/2.