A fixture which truly resonates with Italian football fans of a certain age, Serie A leaders Milan are on track to return to their former glories as they welcome Parma to the San Siro on Sunday night. The Rossoneri are top of the pile and enjoying their best start to a season in years, while their visitors this weekend are only a couple of places above the relegation zone.
Where and when: San Siro – 13 December, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Milan vs. Parma: Premier Sports, Bet365 live streaming, LiveScore app
Last time: Parma held a 1-0 lead at half-time when these teams last met at the San Siro in July, but Milan stormed back into it in the second period and ended up winning 3-1 thanks to goals from Franck Kessie, Alessio Romagnoli and Hakan Calhanoglu.
Milan v Parma Predictions and Preview
Milan have the best record in Serie A so far this season, as the only team in the top flight yet to lose, along with reigning champions Juventus. The Rossoneri also have a great record against old rivals Parma over recent years, winning five of the last six meetings between the sides and drawing the other.
That run began with a breathless 5-4 victory at the Tardini in September 2014, with Milan netting 10 more goals in the five subsequent matches. That includes a pair of 3-1 wins and another 2-1 success at the San Siro.
More recently, Milan come into this weekend’s game on a run of three straight Serie A victories over Napoli, Fiorentina and Sampdoria. The Rossoneri have won eight of their 10 league fixtures so far this term, and have a five-point lead over local rivals Inter heading into the weekend.
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Parma, on the other hand, have only won one of their last seven Serie A fixtures. That was away to Genoa at the end of November, although the Gialloblu have only lost twice during that run. Their four draws have come against Inter, Fiorentina, Benevento and Spezia.
The visitors are the 9/1 underdogs in this Milan v Parma preview, a price based on their current form and recent defeats against the Rossoneri. The league leaders may have their preparations hindered by Thursday’s Europa League trip to the Czech Republic to play Sparta Prague, but they are the heavy favourites for the win at 3/10 with William Hill.
Parma will have to do without a number of players for this tough trip to Lombardy, with Simon Sohm, Alberto Grassi and Vincent Laurini all injured and Valentin Mihaila a doubt. Stefano Pioli expects to be without Rafael Leao, Ismael Bennacer Simon Kjaer, but the Milan coach could have Zlatan Ibrahimovic available again. The Swede’s presence would make a draw even more unlikely for the away team, which is priced at 47/10 in the betting.
One to watch for Milan: Zlatan Ibrahimovic should be ready to play on Sunday night after a minor injury, with the mercurial striker spearheading Milan’s bid for the scudetto. He has 10 goals in just six Serie A appearances so far this term, and if fit, will be the 3/1 favourite to open the scoring this weekend.
One to watch for Parma: Ivory Coast forward Gervinho has started the season in strong goalscoring form for the Crociati, netting four goals in his first nine league appearances. He is available at 10/1 to break the deadlock in these Milan v Parma predictions.
Long shot: Milan are in great form at present and have won two of their last three home games against Parma 3-1. The same scoreline this weekend is priced at 19/2 while those odds rise to 80/1 if you add in-form Franck Kessie as the first goalscorer.