MILAN LOOK to pick up their fifth win on the bounce against 18th place Livorno at the San Siro this Saturday.
Following a four match winless run in which they earned only one out of a possible 12 points, the Rossoneri have bounced back, winning their past four games in a row.
Tied on points with seventh place Torino and only three points shy of sixth place Parma, Milan must take this chance to earn a vital three points if the club is serious about its Europa League aspirations.
Livorno, still stuck in the relegation zone after 33 matchdays, face a mightily tough task on their trip to the San Siro. Having lost 12 of their 16 away matches this season, Livorno’s hideous away form should be no exception this Saturday.
Date: Saturday, April 19th | Time: 3 p.m. CEST/9 a.m. ET | Venue: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza
With only five games left to play, Milan appear dedicated to reaching sixth place, which would guarantee them a Europa League spot. In their past four matches, the Diavolo have put up wonderful displays in both attack and defense. As Milan’s defense is oft-criticized, it may come as a surprise that they have conceded only one goal in the past four games.
Milan have been classy in attack as well. With good depth up front to choose from, it is no wonder that they have scored eight goals in four games, as well as creating a total of 40 chances.
Four wins in a row is something to be proud of, especially for Milan at this point in time. Milanisti are in for a wonderful surprise when presented with a form-wise comparison to the league’s other teams.
13 – AC Milan have picked-up 13 points over the last 5 match-days – only AS Roma have taken more in this period. Late?
— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) April 17, 2014
In the earlier game against Livorno this season, Milan pulled off an underwhelming performance, churning out a 2-2 draw in a game symbolic of Max Allegri’s tenure. However, since Clarence Seedorf’s arrival, things are looking up for Milan.
Whereas the mood at Milan seems to be improving, the spirit in the Livorno camp is sour. Winless for over a month, the Tuscan club seems guaranteed for relegation. Although striker Paulinho has been their star man this season, the rest of the team has consistently offered below-average performances.
On paper, this match is already over. Form-wise, it’s no contest. However, the Milan we know and love are frustratingly inconsistent, and flashes of the team from last year will occasionally appear during a game. Therefore, an upset is a possibility. But with the way things are going under Seedorf, it’s highly improbable.
Milan: Abbiati; Abate, Rami, Mexes, Constant; De Jong, Montolivo; Birsa, Kakà, Taarabt; Balotelli.
Livorno: Bardi; Ceccherini, Valentini, Castellini; Piccini, Benassi, Duncan, Greco, Mesbah; Paulinho, Emeghara.
Prediction: Milan 3-0 Livorno