Milan seek a fifth Serie A win from 10 matches when they face Genoa in midweek action. Under-fire boss Gennaro Gattuso retains the backing of the Rossoneri board but can ill afford any more setbacks in the race for a Champions League berth. Meanwhile, opposite number Ivan Juric is still waiting for his first win following his reappointment at the helm.
Where and when: San Siro – 31 October, kick-off 19:30
Where you can see Milan vs. Genoa: Eleven Sports 1
Last time: Andre Silva scored an extraordinary 94th minute winner when the sides met in March.
Milan vs. Genoa Predictions and Preview
Despite an inconsistent opening two months, the Rossoneri somewhat surprisingly have a chance to go fourth in the table. The hosts have bitter rivals Inter to thank after Luciano Spalletti’s side comfortably beat Lazio 3-0 on Monday night as the Romans failed to extend the gap over Milan in the standings.
Gattuso’s men picked up a morale boosting 3-2 victory against Sampdoria in the previous gameweek and the legendary midfielder was pleased with the application and performance of his team. Gattuso appears to have stumbled on a winning formula, opting for a 4-4-2 formation which included Patrick Cutrone alongside star forward Gonzalo Higuain.
|Suso to score last||11/2||Offer|
|Milan to win 2-1||7/1||Offer|
|Both teams to score||10/11||Offer|
Higuain is the undisputed number one striker in the squad and Cutrone has perhaps been unlucky to see his game time limited following the arrival of the prolific Argentine, but both linked well and scored a goal apiece in the victory over Doria. With Suso and Diego Laxalt offering the service in the wide areas, Higuain and his young partner will pose a threat for any defence in the division.
The former Juventus hitman is predictably the favourite to open proceedings, available at 7/2 and also 4/1 to get two or more during the encounter. Cutrone is 18/5 in the same first scorer market while Milan are 9/20 to earn maximum points.
Travelling party Genoa were held to a 2-2 draw against Udinese in their last fixture. The Grifone could leap in to the Europa League places with a triumph against Milan and can be found at 6/1 to achieve this feat. Serie A leading marksman Krzysztof Piatek is the obvious danger man and is 8/5 to register anytime.
One to watch for Milan: Franck Kessié. The Ivorian powerhouse has reportedly caught the eye of French giants PSG and it is easy to see why. Kessié initially took some time to settle at Milan but is now one of the first names on the teamsheet as his surging runs from midfield set the tone for the Rossoneri.
One to watch for Genoa: Christian Kouamé impressed in the 1-1 draw with champions Juventus and will take his place upfront with Piatek. The 20-year-old spent time in the Inter youth setup in 2016.
Long shot: Aside from basement outfits and relegation favourites Chievo and Frosinone, no other team in the league has conceded more goals than Genoa. The Grifone are a threat going forward, but will almost certainly gift the opposition a handful of chances at the other end of the pitch. Higuain may have been shipped out by Juventus, but remains one of the best performers in Italy, and this new look Rossoneri could flourish. A 4-0 success is 19/1.