Scudetto hopefuls AC Milan travel to Venezia for their second Serie A clash of 2022 on Sunday afternoon. The Rossoneri earned a 4-2 victory away to Empoli in their last game right before the winter break, while the Winged Lions were beaten 3-1 at home by Lazio.
Where and when: Stadio Pierluigi Penzo – 9 January, kick-off 11:30
Where you can see Venezia vs. Milan: BT Sport
Last time: Brahim Diaz and Theo Hernandez were on target as AC Milan beat Venezia 2-0 at San Siro back in September
Venezia v Milan Predictions and Preview
The situation in Serie A after the winter break has been anything but ordinary, mainly due to the many players who tested positive to coronavirus after the holidays. Luckily, both AC Milan and Venezia have barely been affected so far, so we should expect a full spectacle when the sides lock horns at the Stadio Pierluigi Penzo on Sunday.
Milan’s backup goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu is the only player with Covid, but Stefano Pioli will have to do without the injured Ante Rebic, Davide Calabria and Pietro Pellegri, while captain Simon Kjaer will miss the rest of the season after rupturing his crucial ligament in December.
Franck Kessie, Fode Ballo-Toure and Ismael Bennacer were called up for the Africa Cup of Nations and will be absent for at least a few weeks, which means that Pioli will be forced to shuffle his cards.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic should keep his place in attack, while Rafael Leao, Brahim Diaz and Alexis Saelemaekers are expected to flank him in Milan’s 4-2-3-1. Tiemoue Bakayoko should partner Sandro Tonali in the middle of the pitch, while Alessandro Florenzi should continue at right-back.
Milan beat Empoli 4-2 away from home in their last game before the winter break and this allowed them to stay close to league leaders Inter. The Rossoneri are currently second, trailing by four points behind Simeone Inzaghi’s men, so Pioli’s side must get three points against Venezia if they want to keep the Scudetto race open.
Paolo Zanetti’s men impressed during the first half of the season, but results in December didn’t go their way, as Venezia are on a six-game winless streak. The Winged Lions were beaten 3-1 by Lazio in their last game and will be missing both David Okereke and Tyronne Ebuehi, who will represent their countries at AFCON.
Venezia beat Roma and Fiorentina at home earlier this season, but they are 5/1 underdogs in this preview. The draw would be a huge result for the hosts and can be backed at 3/1, while despite the many absentees the Rossoneri remain firm 11/20 favourites in these Venezia vs Milan predictions.
One to watch for Venezia: Mattia Aramu will be Venezia’s main man for the clash against Milan. The Italian striker netted against Juventus and is 12/1 to score the opener against the Rossoneri on Sunday.
One to watch for Milan: Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s seven strikes make him AC Milan’s top scorer in Serie A this term. The Swedish superstar will be looking to add to his tally in and is a 5/2 favourite to break the deadlock against Venezia.
Long shot: Venezia suffered a 3-1 defeat against Lazio in their last game of 2021. A repeat of that score in Milan’s favour this weekend is available at 12/1, while the odds rise to 168/1 if you add Aramu as first scorer.