Champions League dark horses Milan go in search of their fourth consecutive Serie A victory when they face steadily improving Genoa on Sunday evening.
Gennaro Gattuso has completely transformed the fortunes of the Rossoneri, both defensively and from an attacking perspective, and they are the form side in the division along with champions Juventus.
Where and when: Stadio Luigi Ferraris – 11 March, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Genoa vs. Milan: BT Sport, William Hill live streaming
Last time: Captain Leonardo Bonucci saw red in the first-half as Milan held on for a goalless draw on home soil.
Genoa v Milan Predictions and Preview
Genoa are not safe just yet, and probably need four more wins to guarantee their place in Italy’s top flight next year. Promisingly, the 1923-24 league winners have won three of their last four games, notably picking up maximum points against Lazio and Nerazzurri and they are capable of rising to the occasion. Davide Ballardini’s side are 11/5 to secure a Milan double on home soil.
The Rossoneri suffered a setback in Europe, losing 2-0 to Arsenal in the first leg of their Europa League Round of 16 tie, but are 6/4 to continue their impressive domestic form and march up the table. Gattuso has built a good rapport with his players, keeping faith with a settled first choice eleven that has developed in to a cohesive unit. More importantly, Milan finally resemble a proper team.
The Diavolo hero has entrusted Patrick Cutrone, Suso and Hakan Calhanoglu with the goalscoring mantle and each man had flourished. Como born Cutrone offers a different dimension to Nikola Kalinic, with the Croatian often slowing down play and rather one dimensional. In contrast, striking rival Cutrone doesn’t stop running and his tireless industry is contagious.
It’s not just further forward where Milan have improved. Centre-half pairing Bonucci and Alessio Romagnoli have formed a fine partnership and the next Azzurri boss should be thankful to Gattuso for giving Italy an axis to build on.
Similarly, Davide Calabria, Jack Bonaventura and Gigio Donnarumma all deserve a mention for elevating their performances in the last two months. The visitors are full of confidence and come in at 3/1 to score in both-halves of the match and have neighbours Inter and the capital clubs firmly in sights.
One to watch for Genoa: Ex-Inter man Goran Pandev will relish denting the Rossoneri’s top four hopes and his former employers will cast a watchful eye on proceedings. The Macedonian legend is 13/5 to bag any time during the clash.
One to watch for Milan: Man of the moment Cutrone has made the striking berth his own and should be rewarded with an Italy call-up for the friendlies coming up. The youngster is 5/1 to get on the scoresheet first.
Long shot: The Grifone have struggled to hit the back of the net this term, recording only 21 strikes from 26 games. On the other hand, Ballardini’s squad have been strong at the back, shipping only 27 goals, a fraction of the clubs in a similar predicament, and less than the likes of Lazio and their opponents this weekend. It would be a shock outcome, but a Genoa 3-1 triumph is priced at 39/1.