Thiago Motta’s Spezia face a tough challenge on Saturday afternoon when they welcome Serie A title contenders AC Milan to the Stadio Alberto Picco. The Rossoneri have started the new season in solid fashion and are looking for revenge this weekend.
Where and when: Stadio Alberto Picco – 25 September, kick-off 14:00
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Last time: Spezia beat Milan 2-0 in last season’s corresponding fixture in February, in one of the results that signalled the demise of the Rossoneri’s title challenge.
Spezia v Milan Predictions and Preview
Spezia’s victory over Milan last season was one of the most famous results in the Aquilotti’s history. Repeating it this time round will be tough, but the Bianconeri will certainly take plenty of heart from their remarkable triumph last term.
Indeed, Spezia managed to turn around their 3-0 loss to the Rossoneri from earlier in the campaign, which was their first ever season in the top flight of Italian football. Despite only reaching Serie A for the first time in their history via the play-offs, the Bianconeri beat the drop by a clear six-point margin and finished in 15th place.
Motta may be in his first months at the helm after replacing Vincenzo Italiano, but his Spezia side have shown they’re capable of repeating their impressive feat this term. The Aquilotti only lost one of their opening four matches, ahead of Wednesday’s visit of Juventus, recording their first victory in beating Venezia 2-1 at the death away from home last weekend.
The Bianconeri have heart and desire, and they will need all of that against this Milan side. The visitors should have strikers Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Olivier Giroud both available after injury and illness, with the Rossoneri looking like they could be up to the task of mounting a more sustained tilt at the Scudetto in the coming months.
Milan dropped their first points of the season in drawing 1-1 away to Juve on Sunday, but it was a point gained in light of Ante Rebic’s 76th-minute equaliser. Il Diavolo beat Sampdoria, Cagliari and Lazio in their opening three Serie A fixtures, while also pushing Premier League side Liverpool all the way in the Champions League last week.
The away team are the 27/50 favourites in this Spezia v Milan preview, while you can back the hosts at 11/2 with William Hill and a draw at 18/5. They may have upset the odds last season, but the home side would surely be happy to avoid defeat in any way possible this time round, which would still be an upset in itself.
One to watch for Spezia: Simone Bastoni scored two goals in his first four games of the season for the Bianconeri, including the opener against Venezia last weekend. The Italian defender is available at 28/1 to break the deadlock once again in these Spezia v Milan predictions.
One to watch for Milan: Zlatan Ibrahimovic will expect to lead the line for the Rossoneri after recovering from injury. The mercurial Swede made a lightning start to last season and is the 12/5 favourite to open the scoring on Saturday afternoon.
Long shot: The only previous meeting between these clubs before last season was a 2014 Coppa Italia tie that Milan won 3-1. A repeat of that result this weekend is 21/2 in these Spezia v Milan tips, rising to 36/1 with Ibrahimovic scoring first.