Serie A preview: Parma-Milan


PARMA FC will host AC Milan on Saturday when the clock points 20:45 at Stadio Ennio Tardini.

The hosts are sitting in the sixteen place in Serie A with five points, and they will be trying to pick at least one point at Milan in front of their own crowd.

The visitors are getting better with every game, and on Saturday, they could leapfrog Inter Milan at the top, for at lease one night.

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Pasquale Marino’s men are currently sitting in the sixteen place in Serie A with five points, and they, like many others, failed to win since the opening round.

Last week they lost away from home, 2-0 against Fiorentina (second-half goals from Adem Ljajic and Lorenzo De Silvestri) and the Ducali failed to impress.

There is no much to tell about Parma’s home record, as they played only two matches in front of their own supporters at Stadio Ennio Tardini – they won once (against Brescia) and drew once (against Genoa).

Parma surely have some quality players like Antonio Candreva, Valeri Bojinov and ex-Milan man Luca Antonelli, and they can certainly cause an upset to Milan.

Star Man: Antonio Candreva is another talent who arrived on loan to Parma from Udinese. The 23-year-old will star for Parma and he has what it takes to make things difficult for Milan at the back.

Injury List: Daniele Galloppa, Alberto Paloschi, Sebastian Giovinco.

Squad List: Mirante, Pavarini, Russo; Angelo, Antonelli, Dellafiore, Feltscher, Lucarelli, Paci, Paletta, Pisano, Zaccardo; Candreva, Dzemaili, Gobbi, Morrone, Valiani, Ze Eduardo; Bojinov, Crespo, Marques.

Hernan Crespo (R) of Parma FC celebrates his goal during the Serie A match between Lecce and Parma at Stadio Via del Mare on September 22, 2010 in Lecce, Italy. (Getty Images Europe)

Massimiliano Allegri’s boys are starting to look better from time to time. Against Ajax, it wasn’t easy, but with a moment of magic in the Rossoneri’s attack, Zlatan Ibrahimovic found the net of Milan.

On Saturday, however, there might be a chance to see what the Rossoneri worth without Ibrahimovic as the player is in race against time to reach full fitness (he’s been included in the squad).

Most of the talks in recent days were about Ibrahimovic’s form and the fact that Milan are “Ibradependency.” However, Milan midfielders also look in fine form at the moment, but there is still something missing.

Alexandre Pato has returned to the squad, but still not in the line-up, while the good form of Gennaro Gattuso could grant him another start for Milan, who are the obvious favorites for tomorrow.

However, the Rossoneri’s away form isn’t very good as Milan three matches away and yet to find a victory, as drawing twice (against Ajax and Lazio) and lost once (to Cesena).

Star Man: If Zlatan Ibrahimovic will start the match when he’s 100 % fit, then he’s without a doubt Milan’s star man. The Sweden has scored five goals in six matches for Milan and he’s in hot form at the moment.

Injury List: Daniele Bonera and Massimo Ambrosini (injured); Bruno Montelongo, Massimo Oddo, Oguchi Onyewu, Rodney Strasser, Nnamdi Oduamadi (not called-up).

Squad List: Abbiati, Amelia, Roma; Antonini, Jankulovski, Nesta, Papastathopoulos, Thiago Silva, Zambrotta, Yepes; Abate, Boateng, Flamini, Gattuso, Pirlo, Seedorf; Ibrahimovic, Inzaghi, Pato, Robinho, Ronaldinho.

AC Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic (C) and Clarence Seedorf (R) celebrate a goal against Ajax Amsterdam during their Champions League Group G soccer match in Amsterdam September 28, 2010. (Reuters Pictures)

By Meytar Zeevi, Rossoneri Blog

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we should try 4-4-2… and Amelia should make the Starting eleven. Robinho, Ronaldinho and Yepez should come on as subs.