Serie A’s fifth and sixth-placed sides lock horns this weekend, when Milan host Parma at the San Siro early on Sunday. The visitors are two points behind the Rossoneri, so they can overtake their hosts with a win.
Where and when: San Siro – 2 December, kick-off 11:30
Where you can see Milan vs. Parma: Eleven Sports, William Hill live streaming
Last time: Jeremy Menez hit a brace for Milan as they beat Parma 3-1 at the San Siro back in February 2015.
Milan v Parma Predictions and Preview
This fixture was absolutely packed with goals the last time they were both in Serie A together during the 2014/15 campaign. As well as the four in Milan, there was an incredible nine in the first meeting between the sides earlier in the season, with the Rossoneri claiming an eventful 5-4 win.
The last nine matches between these two teams have seen 40 goals, with Milan notching 25 of those on their way to six victories. Neither side has been particularly solid at the back this term, so we could be in for another lively game.
Milan are the favourites for the win at 1/2, but it’s the away team who come into this game in the better form. Gennaro Gattuso’s side haven’t won any of their last three games, with a defeat against Juventus and 1-1 draw away to Lazio coming in their last two league fixtures.
|Milan to win 3-1||10/1||Offer|
|Suso to score first||11/2||Offer|
|Over 4.5 goals||4/1||Offer|
Parma have won their last two Serie A games, beating both Torino and Sassuolo 2-1. The Gialloblu have done brilliantly to rise to sixth in the table in their first season back in the top flight, but they’re the only team in the top 12 to have a negative goal difference.
The visitors are 8/1 to upset the odds with a win on Sunday, with the draw priced at 4/1. Only one of the last 12 meetings between the sides has ended with honours even, but we can’t read too much into that run as it stretches back to 2009.
We can read much more into each team’s availability for this game, with the hosts’ injury list mounting up. Alessio Romagnoli, Giacomo Bonaventura, Ivan Strinic, Biglia, Mateo Musacchio and Mattia Caldara are all injured, while Gonzalo Higuain is suspended and Emanuele Torrasi is a doubt.
All those absentees could give Parma added hope of getting a result in this tough fixture. The Crociati could be without Federico Dimarco and Francisco Sierralta, but Antonio Di Gaudio, Gianni Munari, Jacopo Dezi and Massimo Gobbi are all back in training.
One to watch for Milan: With Higuain out, there’s added pressure on Suso to perform on Sunday. He has four goals and eight assists so far this season, and is 11/2 to open the scoring.
One to watch for Parma: Gervinho is leading the way for Parma, with five goals in his first nine Serie A appearances for the Gialloblu. He is 12/1 to score first.
Long shot: After the action-packed 5-4 between the teams when Parma were last in Serie A, Milan are 250/1 to win this one by the same scoreline.