Serie A challengers Milan face another stern test of their credentials away at Verona. The Rossoneri went to the capital in the previous gameweek and deservedly beat Roma after a difficult few weeks which led to losing top spot. Ivan Juric’s troops sit in ninth and are dark horses for the final European berth.
Where and when: Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi, Verona – 7 March, kick-off 14:00
Where you can see Verona vs. Milan: Premier Sports 2
Last time: Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck in stoppage time to earn Milan a share of the spoils.
Verona v Milan Predictions and Preview
Verona operate in a 3-4-2-1 formation with Matteo Lovato, Davide Faraoni, Mattia Zaccagni and Federico Dimarco the latest crop of talents developed by Juric. Lovato is on the radar of both Milan sides, while Zaccagni is admired by Napoli and Dimarco could finally get a chance to prove himself with parent outfit Inter next season.
Zaccagni has 10 goal involvements from 23 games and is 12/1 to break the deadlock. Team-mate Antonin Barak is one shy of matching his best haul in Serie A with 14 rounds of action remaining and is 9/2 to register anytime. The Gialloblu are 3/1 to emerge triumphant.
Stefano Pioli was delighted with his squad’s performance at Stadio Olimpico and was vindicated for his bold selection call. The well-travelled tactician dropped skipper Alessio Romagnoli from the eleven with Fikayo Tomori coming in and the Chelsea owned defender shone. The 23-year-old’s pace was vital and Milan are keen to make the deal permanent in June.
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There are no such dilemmas either side of the centre-halves with Theo Hernandez and Davide Calabria mainstays. The flying Frenchman has yet to be capped by his country but there are few better performers in his position on the continent. The former Real Madrid ace has five goals and six assists this term and is 10/3 to bag anytime.
Pioli is likely to be without talisman Ibrahimovic who is recovering from a muscle injury. The hitman would have ordinarily been replaced by winter recruit Mario Mandzukic but the World Cup finalist is also on the sidelines.
Rafael Leao will feature through the middle with Hakan Calhanoglu, Ante Rebic and Alexis Saelemaekers in support. The versatile attacker is 5/1 to open proceedings, while Rebic, the hero against the Giallorossi, can be found at 6/1. Milan are 17/20 to pick up an important victory and a stalemate is 13/5.
One to watch for Verona: Much like Hernandez, Dimarco is a full-back by trade and is in with a chance of going to this summer’s European Championship. The Milan native is a mightily attractive 12/1 to score anytime.
One to watch for Milan: Calhanoglu is the chief provider in the ranks and is lethal from set pieces. The playmaker is 21/10 to notch anytime.
Long shot: Verona are highly regarded for their organisation and resilience but Juric deserves praise for the Gialloblu’s attacking improvement this campaign. The home dressing room held champions Juventus at the end of February and are more than capable of going one better when Milan visit Bentegodi. A 2-1 success is 13/1.