Serie A new boys Spezia visit giants Milan fresh from recording their first ever top flight triumph. Vincenzo Italiano’s Little Eagles achieved promotion via the play-offs and were soundly beaten by Sassuolo on Matchday 1, before toppling Udinese 2-0 on Wednesday. Spezia ended the fixture with 10 on a historic evening.
Where and when: San Siro, Milan – 4 October, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Milan vs. Spezia: Premier Sports 1
Last time: Robinho, Giampaolo Pazzini and Keisuke Honda were all on target during the Coppa Italia Quarter-Final in 2014.
Milan v Spezia Predictions and Preview
Confidence is high in Stefano Pioli’s camp and there is a belief Milan are building something special. The Rossoneri will be participating in the Europa League this term but their objective for the campaign is to earn a top four finish and compete with the continent’s heavyweight clubs again.
Pioli’s troops are expected to battle it out with Atalanta, Lazio, Roma, and Napoli for the final two places and have started the current season much in the same vein as how they finished the last.
The well-travelled tactician will be without Lucas Paqueta after the Brazilian sealed a switch to Lyon. Diogo Dalot, Federico Chiesa, Takehiro Tomiyasu have all been linked to the Rossoneri while wonderkid Jens Petter Hauge, who impressed against Milan last week, is close to a £5m move.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Milan to win 2-0||11/2||Offer|
|Franck Kessie to score first||6/1||Offer|
|Spezia to win and both teams to score||25/1||Offer|
Hauge was attracting interest from both Manchester outfits and the attacker will join an already exciting group of young players assembled by the Rossoneri.
Star forwards Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ante Rebic will miss out. The Swedish legend tested positive for COVID-19, while the former Fiorentina ace dislocated his elbow in the victory away at Crotone.
Youth graduate Lorenzo Colombo should feature in some capacity. The teenager netted his first senior goal against Bodø/Glimt and is 15/4 to claim the final effort of the match.
Hakan Çalhanoğlu has eight strikes and seven assists from his last 14 appearances and is 5/1 to break the deadlock. The Turkey playmaker has been performing at his current level for a sustained period now and fully merits his contract extension offer.
Marauding full-back Theo Hernandez is 15/2 to register first and is widely considering the best in his position in the league. Milan are 1/5 to chalk up all three points and a draw is 11/2. Spezia are 14/1 to pull off a shock.
One to watch for Milan: Brahim Diaz is in the perfect environment to develop and will get opportunities. The Real Madrid owned attacker has looked bright and is 13/2 to score last.
One to watch for Spezia: Andrey Galabinov was the hero against the Zebrette and the journeyman striker is 9/2 to notch anytime. The Bulgarian has turned out for Bologna, Livorno, Novara, Sorrento and Genoa.
Long shot: Spezia may be the favourites to go down at the first time of asking but the Little Eagles have recruited smartly in the summer and Udinese will not be the only side they surprise. Spezia will give a good account of themselves but even in the absence of Ibrahimovic and Rebic, the Rossoneri should be too strong. A 4-1 success is 16/1.