Serie A leaders Milan conclude the weekend fixtures against Hellas Verona. The Rossoneri are one of only three squads in the division to still be unbeaten, while the Gialloblu have only lost one of their first six fixtures. Ivan Juric’s troops finished in ninth last term and a similar outcome would be a fine achievement for the one-time top flight title winners.
Where and when: San Siro, Milan – 8 November, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Milan vs. Hellas Verona: Not broadcast live
Last time: Davide Faraoni and Hakan Calhanoglu exchanged efforts during the February clash.
Milan v Hellas Verona Predictions and Preview
The hosts are unbeaten in 24 games in all competitions but Stefano Pioli is not getting carried away. The former Inter boss’ objective remains a top four finish domestically and European success, but with Juventus still getting to grips with Andrea Pirlo’s methods, Antonio Conte struggling to get the best out his star-studded squad and Napoli blowing hot and cold, the Rossoneri are genuinely in contention for league success.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Ante Rebic to score last||9/2||Offer|
|Milan to win 2-0||7/1||Offer|
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The early season pacesetters have a settled line-up, but what will please Pioli is the strength in depth at his disposal. There is no unrest or conflict in the ranks and everyone is playing their part. Serie A top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic is 12/5 to break the deadlock and will play in to his forties if he signs a new deal as expected.
The Swede will be ably supported by Calhanoglu, Ante Rebic and Alexis Saelemaekers, though Rafael Leao is pushing for a more regular role. The Portuguese starlet is finally adding consistency to his game and is 13/10 to strike anytime.
Calhanoglu is an attractive 5/1 to open proceedings, while left-back Theo Hernandez is worth considering at 16/1. The Frenchman has surprisingly yet to win a senior call-up to Didier Deschamps’ national setup but has not let it effect his performances. Milan are 9/20 to collect victory number six from seven fixtures.
Opposite number Juric similarly deserves credit. The Gialloblu tactician saw his squad get picked off in the summer as Marash Kumbulla, Sofyan Amrabat and Amir Rrahmani all departed, while Matteo Pessina returned to Atalanta.
Matteo Lovato has slotted in seamlessly to the backline and his mature showings had alerted the Nerazzurri, but it has since transpired Milan have stolen a march on their bitter neighbours and closing in on a pre-contract agreement with the impressive youngster.
One to watch for Milan: Brahim Diaz is the latest player to flourish under the tutelage of Pioli and is 13/2 to score anytime.
One to watch for Hellas Verona: Juric has placed great faith in Nikola Kalinic and the big attacker is 13/5 to net anytime against the team he turned out for in 2017.
Long shot: Milan may be riding high, but Verona have the best defensive record in the division and have only conceded on three occasions. The Gialloblu exceeded expectations last term and Juric looks to have constructed another resilient outfit that works tirelessly from the first whistle to the last. A goalless draw is 16/1.