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will do battle with the visiting AC Milan
at Stadio Paolo Mazza in the Serie A match on Wednesday. All SPAL v AC Milan match predictions, user poll and stats are shown below - plus the latest match odds.
SPAL will be looking for an improved result here after the 3-1 Serie A loss in their previous game against SSC Napoli.
In that match, SPAL managed 33% possession and 6 attempts at goal with 3 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for SPAL was Andrea Petagna (29'). SSC Napoli had 17 shots at goal with 8 on target. Dries Mertens (4'), José Callejón (36') and Amin Younes (78') scored for SSC Napoli.
It’s been all too rare in recent times where SPAL have shown defensive steel. It will be a concern for them that SPAL have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 5 of their previous 6 matches, giving up 10 goals during that time.
Coming into this contest, SPAL haven’t won at home in the past 9 league matches. No joy for the home fans.
AC Milan go into this game following a 2-0 Serie A win in the defeat of Roma in their most recent fixture.
In that game, AC Milan had 57% possession and 13 attempts at goal with 6 on target. For AC Milan, the goals were scored by Ante Rebić (76') and Hakan Çalhanoğlu (89'). At the other end, Roma got 5 shots at goal with 1 on target.
A succession of very capable performances from the AC Milan defensive players has resulted in their ‘goals against’ tally amounting to 4 from their previous 6 fixtures combined. In that period of time, their forwards have scored 9.
Going into this contest, AC Milan are unbeaten in their previous 2 league matches away from home.
Head to head
A quick look at their past head to head results going back to 20/09/2017 shows that these encounters have been disappointments for SPAL. They’ve not managed to get themselves any victories at all whereas AC Milan have been too good for them, winning in 100% of those ties.
A total of 18 goals were scored between them throughout the course of those matches, with 3 of them for SPAL and 15 created by i Rossoneri. That’s an average goals per game of 3.
Team News: SPAL
Ervin Zukanovic (Ankle problems), Federico Di Francesco (Thigh Problems) and Etrit Berisha (Hand fracture) aren’t available for SPAL manager Luigi Di Biagio.
We think that SPAL could line up in a 4-4-2 system for this game, utilising Karlo Letica, Arkadiusz Reca, Bryan Dabo, Francesco Vicari, Thiago Rangel Cionek, Mohamed Fares, Alessandro Murgia, Simone Missiroli, Gabriel Strefezza, Alberto Cerri and Andrea Petagna.
Team News: AC Milan
Milan manager Stefano Pioli has to choose a team with limited availability. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Disrupted Calf Muscle), Léo Duarte (Thigh Problems) and Mateo Musacchio (Ankle Surgery) are names that won’t be on the team sheet.
We’re of the thinking that i Rossoneri appear most likely to play in a 4-2-3-1 formation, going with Gianluigi Donnarumma, Andrea Conti, Simon Kjær, Alessio Romagnoli, Theo Hernandez, Ismaël Bennacer, Franck Yannick Kessie, Samu Castillejo, Giacomo Bonaventura, Hakan Calhanoglu and Ante Rebic.
Our assessment here is that SPAL may well find it hard to be putting a goal past this AC Milan team who will likely gain the upper hand. We therefore fancy a very competitive encounter with a 0-1 advantage for AC Milan when the referee blows for full-time. We’re expecting it to be that close.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadio Paolo Mazza (16,134)
Captain: Sergio Floccari
Chairman: Walter Mattioli
Manager: Luigi Di Biagio
Competitions: Serie A position 19
🔑 Star Man: Andrea Petagna
Customarily deployed in the Striker position, Andrea Petagna was born in Trieste, Italy. After having made a senior debut playing for AC Milan in the 2013 - 2014 season, the accomplished Forward has managed 11 league goals in the Serie A 2019 - 2020 season to date coming from a total of 26 appearances.