Having beaten Inter in Week 31, hosts Torino seek a Milan double when Gennaro Gattuso’s men visit Northern Italy for a pivotal round of Serie A action.
Meanwhile, the travelling Rossoneri are eight points adrift of fourth place Lazio and must now focus on holding off a resurgent Fiorentina side pushing for Europa League football.
Where and when: Stadio Olimpico – 18 April, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Torino vs. Milan: BT Sport 3, William Hill live streaming
Last time: Toro and Milan played out a goalless draw back in November. Loanee Nikola Kalinic missed the pick of the chances in an otherwise underwhelming encounter.
Torino v Milan Predictions and Preview
After a four game losing run in February, the Granata appear to be back on track and have won three of their last four matches. Promisingly, two games in this sequence has seen Walter Mazzarri’s men hit Cagliari and Crotone for four and their sum of eight league defeats all year is less than Milan, Fiorentina, Atalanta and Sampdoria, clubs all directly above them and Mazzarri can be forgiven for thinking what if Andrea Belotti was fit all campaign.
With the Toro captain in the side, the team are far more threatening and his current haul of nine would arguably be doubled at least if he wasn’t ravaged by niggling injuries. Belotti now looks back to his best and the hat trick against Crotone all but confirmed this. The Italy international is 6/1 to strike first while the Granata are 21/10 to pick up the win. Torino are no pushovers and the latest odds should certainly be under consideration.
Elsewhere, travelling party Milan have stuttered of late and Gattuso has Gianluigi Donnarumma to thank for salvaging a point against Napoli. The wonder kid performed heroically as the Rossoneri’s winless run extended to four games with the last three all ending in draws. Captain Leonardo Bonucci will return to the heart of the defence after serving a one-match ban and it promises to be an intriguing watch between the ex-Juventus hero and his international teammate Belotti. Milan are 5/4 to earn a hard thought triumph while top scorer Patrick Cutrone is 3/1 to strike first.
One to watch for Torino: On a personal level, Iago Falque has enjoyed the best season of his career and the former Roma man is available at 23/2 to net anytime.
One to watch for Milan: Jack Bonaventura has licence to get forward in midfield while partner Lucas Biglia anchors the side. The Italian is 12/1 to open proceedings and add to his tally of six for the campaign.
Long shot: The two sides have recorded similar numbers, with Toro chalking up 46 strikes to Milan’s 43. Conversely, the Rossoneri have conceded two goals fewer and both outfits will fancy their chances of taking maximum points in this midweek matchup. A highly entertaining 3-3 scoreline is priced at 100/1 and would solidify the hosts’ aspirations of a top half finish.