The Serie A clash at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on Monday will see home team AC Milan play against Spezia.
Our AC Milan v Spezia predictions, statistics and match poll can be seen below - as well as up-to-date odds.
AC Milan will want to continue from where they left off last time out with the 3-1 Coppa Italia victory versus Genoa.
In that game, AC Milan managed 61% possession and 24 attempts on goal with 7 on target. For AC Milan, the goals were scored by Olivier Giroud (74'), Rafael Leão (102') and Alexis Saelemaekers (112'). Genoa got 14 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target. Leo Østigård (17') was the scorer for Genoa. The match went to extra time and was won by AC Milan.
Matches with AC Milan have often been lively ones recently with high scoring anticipated. Over their past 6 clashes, a total of 20 goals have flown in for both sides combined (at an average of 3.33 goals per game) with 14 of them coming from AC Milan. Historical results aside, we’ll just have to find out if the trend shall be maintained in this upcoming game or not.
Spezia come into this clash following on from a 0-1 Serie A win with the eclipse of Genoa in their previous fixture.
In that game, Spezia had 46% possession and 17 shots at goal with 9 on target. The scorer for Spezia was Simone Bastoni (14'). Genoa got 15 shots at goal with 2 on target.
It is worth noting that Spezia have suffered from a lack of goals over their previous six clashes, netting the disappointing return of just 4. In those matches, Spezia have also seen the collective goal tally against them equal 7.
Coming into this contest, Spezia are undefeated in their previous 2 league matches away from home.
Head to head
The previous league fixture featuring the two was Serie A match day 6 on 25/09/2021 when it ended Spezia 1-2 AC Milan.
That day, Spezia had 37% possession and 8 shots at goal with 2 on target. The scorer was Daniele Verde (80').
On the other side, AC Milan had 18 shots on goal with 5 on target. Daniel Maldini (48') and Brahim Díaz (86') scored.
The match was refereed by Gianluca Manganiello.
Team News: AC Milan
Alessio Romagnoli (Corona virus), Pietro Pellegri (Tear in the abductor muscle), Fikayo Tomori (Meniscal Injury) and Simon Kjaer (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) are unavailable for AC Milan manager Stefano Pioli.
In our view, i Rossoneri should go for a 4-2-3-1 formation for this one with Mike Maignan, Alessandro Florenzi, Pierre Kalulu, Matteo Gabbia, Theo Hernandez, Rade Krunic, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Alexis Saelemaekers, Brahim Diaz, Rafael Leao and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Team News: Spezia
Spezia boss Thiago Motta has a number of players out of action. Aurélien Nguiamba (Unknown Injury) and Léo Sena (Unknown Injury) won’t be making appearances. Ebrima Colley is ineligible for this match because of suspension.
From our viewpoint, Spezia appear most likely to begin the game with a 4-4-1-1 system, giving starts to Ivan Provedel, Kelvin Amian, Martin Erlic, Dimitrios Nikolaou, Arkadiusz Reca, Viktor Kovalenko, Jacopo Sala, Simone Bastoni, E. Quartsin Gyasi, Daniele Verde and M'Bala Nzola.
We’re inclined to think that Spezia will manage to find the back of the net against this AC Milan lineup, but it realistically won’t be enough to avoid a loss.
We’re tipping a narrow 2-1 win for AC Milan at the end of the 90 minutes. Let’s wait and see how it plays out.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (75,923)
Captain: Alessio Romagnoli
Chairman: Paolo Scaroni
Manager: Stefano Pioli
Competitions: Serie A position 2, Coppa Italia (3rd Round)
⭐ Star Man: Zlatan Ibrahimović
Usually deployed in the Striker position, Zlatan Ibrahimović was born in Malmö, Sweden. Having made his senior debut playing for Malmö FF in the 1999 season, the talented Forward has scored a sum of 8 league goals in the Serie A 2021 - 2022 season to date in 13 appearances.