A new season brings new hope for AC Milan, after another summer of change at the San Siro. The Rossoneri get their Serie A campaign off to a start against Davide Ballardini’s Genoa on their own turf on Sunday evening.
Where and when: San Siro – 19 August, kick-off 19:30
Where you can see Milan vs. Genoa: Eleven Sports, William Hill live streaming
Last time: Andre Silva scored a dramatic 94th-minute winner when the teams met at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris in March, one of only two goals the Portuguese forward managed in Serie A last season.
Milan v Genoa Predictions and Preview
It’s been a tough few years for Milan, a real sleeping giant of Italian football. Juventus have stolen all the headlines this summer with the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo, but there’s optimism among Rossoneri fans that their fortunes could be about to improve.
Last season’s sixth-placed finish means Milan haven’t finished in Serie A’s top five since 2013, when they finished third. There was major disappointment in the Coppa Italia final where they lost 4-0 to Juve, but Gennaro Gattusso has had another transfer window and a full pre-season to implement his ideas.
|Milan to win 2-0||11/2||Offer|
|Higuain to score first||4/1||Offer|
|Genoa to win 3-1||55/1||Offer|
Leonardo Bonucci has returned to Turin in a swap deal for fellow centre-back Mattia Caldara, while Gonzalo Higuain has also swapped the Old Lady for the Rossoneri. After Milan only managed 56 goals last season – a full 30 less than Juve – the Argentine’s proven goalscoring record should help his new team pick up more points this season.
Milan are 8/15 to start their campaign with a victory, while their opponents Genoa are priced at 7/1. The Rossoblu did win at the San Siro in April 2015, but that was the first time they’ve managed that feat since 1958, when they recorded an incredible 5-1 win over their most illustrious opponents.
After finishing 12th last season, just six points above the relegation zone, there doesn’t seem much chance of Genoa upsetting the odds with just a second victory against AC at the San Siro in 60 years. A draw would be a very credible result for the visitors though, and that’s priced at 69/20 in the betting.
Milan have a couple of injury concerns heading into this game, including defenders Ignazio Abate and Ivan Strinic. Andrea Conti definitely misses out with a knee injury, while Lorenzo Callegari, Sandro and Iuri Medeiros could be out for the visitors.
One to watch for Milan: Gonzalo Higuain was deemed surplus to requirements at Juventus after Ronaldo’s arrival, but he could have a major impact at Milan this season. After 93 goals in his last three seasons, he’s the 4/1 favourite to open the scoring on Sunday.
One to watch for Genoa: Gianluca Lapadula swapped Milan for Genoa permanently this summer after spending last season on loan at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris. Genoa are desperate for more goals this season, with Lapadula priced at 11/1 to break the deadlock.
Long shot: Genoa come into this game looking to upset the odds, just as they did when they won 3-1 at the San Siro a few years back. The visitors are 55/1 to win by the same scoreline in this one.