Milan and Torino lock horns for the second time in just three days, as the Rossoneri host Il Toro at the San Siro in the Coppa Italia. Stefano Pioli’s side lost their unbeaten record in Serie A last week against another Turin side, but are still in the hunt for major honours this season.
Where and when: San Siro – 12 January, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Milan vs. Torino: BT Sport
Last time: Ante Rebic scored the only goal of the game when these teams met at the San Siro in February, as Milan clinched a tight 1-0 victory over Torino.
Milan v Torino Predictions and Preview
This is a crucial period for Milan. The Rossoneri finally lost their first Serie A game of the season last week, going down 3-1 at home to Juventus on matchday 16. Pioli’s side need to put that disappointment behind them as quickly as possible and establish some momentum in a second game against Torino in a matter of days.
Tuesday’s Coppa Italia tie at the San Siro follows hot on the heels of Saturday’s Serie A clash at the same ground. Different competition, but the stakes are just as high. Milan haven’t won this famous old tournament since 2003, which is too long for a club of their stature.
They may have their sights far more firmly set on winning their first Scudetto in a decade, but building a culture of winning silverware once again after so many years in the wilderness is vital for the Rossoneri.
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The hosts are the 1/2 favourites to win this game with William Hill, as Milan look to extend their strong home record against Torino. Prior to Saturday’s meeting, Il Diavolo hadn’t lost to the Granata at the San Siro since 1985. Milan beat Torino twice at home last season, including a 4-2 triumph in the Coppa Italia.
The away team are 13/2 in this Milan v Torino preview, in which former Rossoneri coach Marco Giampaolo is really up against it. Il Toro are struggling near the foot of the Serie A table following only two victories from their opening 16 fixtures, and bang out of form.
Indeed, Giampaolo is facing serious questions regarding his position. A cup victory over his high-flying former team would be huge for the Torino boss, with his club looking to return to the upper echelons of Italian football following an impressive seventh-placed finish in 2018/19.
However, Torino’s top-flight status is under threat this season. The Granata have shown some seeds of revival in recent weeks though, going four unbeaten prior to the weekend’s trip to Milan. Three of those games in Serie A ended in 1-1 draws, with this game 10/3 to be all square after 90 minutes. A 1-1 is priced at 17/2.
One to watch for Milan: Milan can’t get Zlatan Ibrahimovic back from injury soon enough. Rafael Leao is set to start up front in the Swede’s likely absence here though, and 5/1 to break the deadlock.
One to watch for Torino: Andrea Belotti has enjoyed a strong start to the season. The Italian striker notched nine goals in his first 15 Serie A appearances this term, and is 11/2 to open the scoring here.
Long shot: Last season’s Coppa Italia clash between these teams went into extra-time following a dramatic 2-2 draw after 90 minutes. Another 2-2 in these Milan v Torino predictions is priced at 18/1. Milan went on to win that game 4-2, with the same result after normal time here available at 46/1.