Milan return to Serie A action in the wake of the international window when they welcome Hellas Verona to San Siro on Saturday night. The hosts will be expected to add three points to their impressive early-season tally.
Where and when: San Siro – 17 October, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Milan vs. Verona: BT Sport
Last time: Rade Krunic and Diogo Dalot scored either side of half-time, as Milan beat Verona 2-0 at the Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi in March.
Milan v Verona Predictions and Preview
With Milan hoping to launch a Serie A title challenge in the coming months, beating teams like Verona at home is a must. The Rossoneri have made a good start to the 2021-22 campaign, while they’ve also got a good record against their visitors this weekend.
Milan are unbeaten in their last five matches against Verona, winning three. The Gialloblu have managed to claim two draws on each of their last two visits to San Siro, but they’ve never once managed to beat the Rossoneri on their own patch in 32 previous attempts in league and cup.
There seems little chance of the away team changing that particular record this weekend, with the hosts the heavy favourites at 13/25 in this Milan v Verona preview. Stefano Pioli’s side have won six of their opening seven matches this season, only dropping points in a 1-1 draw away to Juventus.
Verona began their campaign with three successive defeats, as they looked set for a difficult season in Italy’s top flight. However, I Mastini have bounced back with two wins and two draws from their subsequent four matches, including a 3-2 victory over Jose Mourinho’s Roma and a 4-0 triumph against Spezia last time out.
However, given Verona’s record in Milan and the fact that those two recent victories both came on home soil, we can probably discount the away win here at 13/2. A draw would represent a superb result for Igor Tudor’s side, and that’s available at 15/4.
One to watch for Milan: Zlatan Ibrahimovic is expected to return from injury in this game. The mercurial Swede always commands attention and is 3/1 to mark his comeback with the opening goal in these Milan v Verona predictions.
One to watch for Verona: Nikola Kalinic spent a season at Milan in 2017-18, scoring six goals in 31 Serie A appearances for the Rossoneri. He already has three in five for Verona this term and is 14/1 to break the deadlock against his old club this weekend.
Long shot: Milan’s last home win against Verona was a 4-1 triumph in May 2018. The Rossoneri are very much capable of repeating that result this weekend, and they are 21/1 to do so in these Milan v Verona tips. With Ibrahimovic scoring first, those odds rise to 79/1.