Former AC Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko takes charge of Genoa against him former club in this midweek round of Serie A fixtures. The Rossoneri are in recovery mode after suffering their first defeat of the season last week, but are expected to take the win at Marassi.
Where and when: Stadio Luigi Ferraris – 1 December, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Genoa vs. Milan: BT Sport
Last time: Mattia Destro cancelled out Ante Rebic’s opener when these teams met at San Siro in April, but an own goal from Gianluca Scamacca handed Milan a 2-1 victory.
Genoa v Milan Predictions and Preview
There may be some added attention on the sidelines prior to kick-off as the recently-appointed Shevchenko takes his place in the home dugout, but once the whistle blows both teams will be fully concentrated on securing the valuable three points that will be on offer.
Genoa slipped into the relegation zone with their 2-0 defeat at home to Roma last weekend, with a trip to fellow strugglers Udinese on Sunday taking on huge significance. The Rossoblu did draw four in a row before that Roma defeat, but after only one win from their opening 13 Serie A fixtures of the season, it’s little surprise Il Grifione are already on their second manager of the campaign.
Shevchenko has a huge job on his hands, in what is the Ukrainian’s first managerial role in club football. His five-year spell in charge of the Ukraine national team gives him plenty of experience, but he will have to learn about the day-to-day runnings of a club on the job in the coming weeks and months.
As such, a wounded Milan side is one of the last teams Genoa would want to see pitching up at Marassi for this midweek clash. The Rossoneri have announced themselves as serious title challengers once again, as they go up against Napoli and defending champions Inter for this season’s Scudetto.
Milan went unbeaten through their first 12 games of the domestic campaign, and have also started to bare their teeth in the Champions League. It’s a busy period for Stefano Pioli and his players, but Il Diavolo should have the strength in depth to pick up the win against this struggling Genoa side.
The visitors are the 6/7 favourites in this Genoa v Milan preview, as they go in search of their seventh win in 10 games against the Ligurians. The home team are 18/5 for the win, while you can back the draw at 31/10.
A point would be a very good result for Genoa, especially given their injury struggles at present. As many as seven players could be doubtful for this game, with Stefano Sabelli, Felipe Caicedo and Domenico Criscito all set to miss out. Mattia Destro, Mohamed Fares, Mattia Bani and Nikola Maksimovic could all be fit to return though.
Milan are also in the midst of a minor injury crisis right now, which they can’t afford to worsen. Olivier Giroud, Fikayo Tomori, Ante Rebic and Davide Calabria are all doubts for Wednesday, while Alessandro Plizzari, Samu Castillejo and Mike Maignan are all touch-and-go.
One to watch for Genoa: Shevchenko will have plenty of eyes on him in this game, but the Genoa boss will hope top scorer Mattia Destro is fit to return to divert attention back onto the pitch.
One to watch for Milan: Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to lead the line in Giroud’s absence, and he’s certainly one to keep a close eye on in these Genoa v Milan predictions.
Long shot: Genoa have failed to beat Milan their last four meetings at Marassi, but the Rossoblu did beat AC 2-1 at San Siro in March 2020. A repeat of that result could be of interest if you’re backing the upset in these Genoa v Milan tips.