Genoa go in search of only a second Serie A win in 14 matches when Milan visit Liguria. The Grifone have improved under the guidance of former Azzurri tactician Cesare Prandelli since his appointment in December, beating Atalanta 3-1 on home soil and holding Fiorentina to a goalless draw, but need to put a run together if they are to avoid being sucked in to a relegation battle.
Where and when: Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genoa – 21 January, kick-off 14:00
Where you can see Genoa vs. Milan: Eleven Sports 1
Last time: Suso opened the scoring when the sides faced off at the end of October before Rossoneri skipper Alessio Romagnoli put through his own net after the interval. The Italy international later redeemed himself with a dramatic stoppage time winner.
|Genoa to win 1-0||17/2||Offer|
|Milan to win 2-0||11/1||Offer|
|Milan to win both halves||13/2||Offer|
Genoa vs. Milan Predictions and Preview
After a fine start to the campaign, Genoa find themselves in the bottom half of the table. The Grifone were first led by Davide Ballardini, before Ivan Juric replaced him for another stint in charge until his inevitable dismissal. Prandelli is the latest in the hot seat and will be confident of steering Genoa away from trouble. Promisingly, the home side have a genuine goal threat and have outscored every club outside of the top ten bar Sassuolo. Krzysztof Piatek’s league tally of 13 is only bettered by Juventus superstar Crisitiano Ronaldo and the young Pole looks back to his best after a little slump in November.
Piatek will be coming up against his potential future employers with Milan strongly linked to the hotshot once Gonzalo Higuain’s reported exit is finalised. In the meantime, the Genoa centre-forward is 15/4 to open the scoring and give the hosts the best possible start.
Strike partner Christian Kouamé, who is of interest to Napoli, is 6/1 in the same betting. The Grifone are 12/5 to emerge victorious and 9/4 to earn a share of the spoils ahead of the upcoming six-pointers against lowly Empoli and Bologna.
Visitors Milan have been boosted by the rival of Lucas Paquetá over the winter break. The highly rated Brazilian has drawn comparisons to Rossoneri idol Kaka and the 21-year-old can expect to feature from the opening whistle in an attacking midfield role. Paquetá is 12/3 to bag anytime while Gennaro Gattuso’s men are 11/10 to come away with all three points.
One to watch for Genoa: Juventus owned forward Andrea Favilli is unlikely to break up the first choice pairing of Piatek and Kouamé but should get a run out in the closing stages. The physically imposing 21-year-old is 13/2 to net last.
One to watch for Milan: Patrick Cutrone struck an impressive double in the Coppa Italia triumph at Sampdoria and is certain to start, particularly with all the uncertainty surrounding Higuain. The young Italian is 17/4 to register the first goal of the showdown.
Long shot: Genoa have only failed to score in one fixture on home soil this campaign and will get opportunities against a depleted Rossoneri backline. Likewise, Milan will fancy their chances and it should be an entertaining watch. A 2-2 scoreline is available at 14/1.