Milan host Serie A strugglers Genoa in a contest both outfits need to win. The Rossoneri are in seventh, just outside of the European places, while the Grifone are one point adrift of neighbours Sampdoria who are above the drop zone in 17th. The Rossoneri have two wins and a draw from their last five, a record matched by their guests on the day.
Where and when: San Siro, Milan – 1 March, kick-off 11:30
Where you can see Milan vs. Genoa: Premier Sports 1
Last time: Milan came out on top in the ill-tempered reverse fixture which saw Genoa end the clash with 9 men, while the Rossoneri saw Samu Castillejo dismissed late on. Lasse Schone netted before Theo Hernandez and Franck Kessie sealed it for Stefano Pioli’s side.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Theo Hernandez to score anytime||3/1||Offer|
|Draw and both teams to score||22/5||Offer|
|Milan to win 2-0||7/1||Offer|
Milan v Genoa Predictions and Preview
After an upturn in both results and performances since Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s return to the club, Milan have stuttered of late. The Rossoneri have collected five points from their last four fixtures and only scored five goals during the same period, with Ante Rebic coming to the fore.
The Croatian struggled in the first-half of the campaign but has been a revelation since January. Rebic has four from as many games and seven from the last eight in all competitions.
The 2018 World Cup finalist is on a two-year loan from parent club Eintracht Frankfurt and the Germans have reportedly quoted Milan a fee of €40m to make the move permanent.
The 26-year-old is 9/2 to register first and has been one of the Rossoneri’s better signings in recent years. Meanwhile, Ibrahimovic is the 11/4 favourite in the same market. Milan are 8/15 to emerge triumphant.
Visitors Genoa came up short against Lazio in the previous game-week. The Grifone lost 3-2 but were left disappointed and there were plenty of positives for boss Davide Nicola.
Since his arrival, the former Udinese tactician has revived the mood in camp and Genoa now have a fighting chance of beating the drop if they continue to perform to the level they did against Simone Inzaghi’s aces.
Antonio Sanabria will start in attack and is 11/5 to strike anytime. The Paraguayan will be joined by either Goran Pandev or Mattia Destro and the pair are 7/2 and 3/1, respectively, in the same market. The Grifone are 5/1 to pick up a priceless victory and 16/5 to get a draw.
One to watch for Milan: Hakan Calhanoglu has edged out Jack Bonaventura and will operate in the number 10 role. The Turkey playmaker is a threat from distance and his ability from set-pieces could prove decisive. Calhanoglu is 12/5 to strike anytime.
One to watch for Genoa: Iago Falque joined on loan from Torino in the winter window for a second spell at the club. The Spaniard recorded his best goalscoring figures while playing for the Grifone during the 2014-15 campaign and should go straight in to the starting eleven now he is over his injury woes. Falque is 20/1 to bag first.
Long shot: Pre-Nicola arrival, Genoa looked down and out. The Grifone were rooted to the bottom of the table, but there is growing optimism the Ligurians can survive. Not many teams have been able to take a point from Atalanta on home soil, while wins against Cagliari and Bologna – two groups enjoying good seasons, only further enhances their belief. A 1-0 success for Genoa is 19/1.