Two points separate Milan and their weekend opponents Verona and the Rossoneri will be eager to extent their advantage in the table and make it four Serie A wins on the bounce. The hosts have been boosted by the return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and only goal difference is keeping them out of the European places.
Where and when: San Siro, Milan – 2 February, kick-off 14:00
Where you can see Milan vs. Verona: Premier Sports 1
Last time: Krzysztof Piatek got the only goal of the game as both teams finished with ten men last September. Mariusz Stepinski was first to receive his marching orders before Davide Calabria saw red in injury time.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Fabio Borini to score anytime||11/2||Offer|
|Milan to win and both teams to score||5/2||Offer|
Milan v Fiorentina Predictions and Preview
It has been a fine start to the calendar year for Milan and Ibrahimovic has been instrumental in dragging the Rossoneri up the standings. Questions were raised if the 38-year-old could still cut it in one of Europe’s big five leagues but the Swede has emphatically delivered, with much relish. The former Inter, Barcelona and Manchester United forward is 3/1 to open proceedings and 13/2 to bag a brace.
Milan warmed up for Sunday’s encounter by booking their place in the last four of the Coppa Italia. The Diavolo toppled Torino 4-2 and there were a number of good performances. Stefano Pioli has a welcome selection headache on his hands after Hakan Calhanoglu came off the bench to effectively win the duel for his team-mates.
The Turkey international is priced at 5/2 to register anytime but may have to settle for a second-half appearance given the form of Ante Rebic and Samu Castillejo. Milan are 3/5 to chalk up another successful 90 minutes.
Visitors Verona have quietly gone about their business this campaign and sit in the top 10. The Gialloblu are unbeaten in their last five, winning three, and should have no trouble retaining their top flight status after returning via the play-offs.
Samuel Di Carmine will lead the line and the attacker is 3/1 to score anytime, while club skipper Giampaolo Pazzini is 6/1 in the same market to net against his old club. Verona will certainly not be phased and are 19/4 to take all three points. The draw is 14/5.
One to watch for Milan: Rafael Leao is thriving under the guidance of Ibrahimovic and the Portuguese starlet is 11/2 to notch first.
One to watch for Verona: Marash Kumbulla is coveted by Inter and Napoli after an impressive debut campaign in Serie A. The physically imposing defender is a force in both boxes and is 22/1 to score anytime.
Long shot: Despite Milan’s resurgence, ninth place Verona have conceded fewer and scored more than the Rossoneri, and ongoing improvements need to be made if Pioli’s squad are to reach their season objectives. A hard fought 1-0 win against a dogged visiting backline is 6/1.