Milan-Livorno: Match preview

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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.

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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.

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.

Projected Line-ups
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

12 COMMENTS

  1. Well I dont know what the latest with injuries are but I hope for this starting lineup, I know its not going to happen though 🙁

    GK GABRIEL – AGE 21
    RB ABATE – AGE 27
    CB ZAPATA – AGE 27
    CB RAMI – AGE 28
    LB WHO CARES??? CONSTANT? EMMANUELSON?
    CM CRISTANTE – AGE 19
    CM POLI – AGE 24
    RW BALOTELLI – AGE 23
    AM SAPONARA – AGE 22
    LW TAARABT – AGE 24
    ST PAZZINI – AGE 29

    NEXT SEASON

    GK PERIN (GABRIEL/ABBIATI)
    RB DE SCIGLIO (SIMIC)
    CB RAMI (ZAPATA/BONERA)
    CB DORIA (IOTTI/PACIFICO/VERGARA)
    LB SHAW (DORIA/IOTTI)
    CM CRISTANTE (MODIC/MASTALLI)
    CM POLI (DE JONG)
    RW BALOTELLI (TAARABT/NIANG)
    AM SAPONARA (KAKA OR HONDA/BENEDICIC)
    LW EL SHAARAWAY (TAARABT/BENEDICIC)
    ST LUKAKU OR BENTEKE (PAZZINI/PETAGNE)

    TRANSFERS

    GK PERIN
    CB DORIA
    LB SHAW
    ST LUKAKU/BENTEKE

    RELEASE/SELL

    GK COPPOLA
    GK AMELIA
    CB MEXES
    CB SILVESTRE (INTER)
    CB ZACCARDO
    RB ABATE (15M)
    LB CONSTANT
    LB EMMANUELSON
    CM ESSIEN
    CM MUNTARI
    CM NOCERINO
    CM MONTOLIVO (15/20M)
    AM KAKA (UNLESS USED AS TUTOR/ROTATION, NOT 1ST CHOICE)
    AM BIRSA
    ST ROBINHO

    USE 4-2-3-1 AND 4-3-3
    CAN ALSO USE 3-5-2 VARIANT AS WELL

     
    • Why Shaw? Coentrao would be a better choice as we need a reliable lb, not a promising youngster.

      Also, why do you insist on playing Ballotelli on the right wing? That doesn`t make a lot of sense. We need wingers, not pure strikers.

      Finally, imo Honda should be first choice for AM next season, although Saponara should be given more playing time, he really hasn`t proven himself to be a starter.

       
  2. after this win we are 5 in a row.. but after that, things will get tough as we will have to face some competition against Roma and Inter.

    I hope that the players are ready for that and i’m really happy that SES is recovering.

    Abbiati has shown some really good acrobatics in the past few matches.. expecting to see some more in the matches lined up.

     
    • Your right it is going to be tough but if they win this one , maybe confidence going to play a big part after all these wins , with SES back against inter thing starting to look better . And yeah abbiati looked and played much more fit last match

       
  3. New rumours:

    Seedorf will be sacked because of a bad relationships to Galliani, Montolivo and Abate.

    spalletti, donadoni or inzaghi will be new coach..

    these are bad news! Pls Galliani leave the club!!

     
  4. “Why Shaw?” Dude, if we could get Shaw, which we won’t, as he is worth too much and I think United are going after him heavily, that would be amazing. He’d do a hell of a lot better than the LBs we have, unless you include DeS. In a time when fans are demanding investment, Shaw is one of the best investments you can make in that position.

     
  5. For the prdcted startin 11 I will rather see poli instead of birsa and bonera on the left if he could play the position
    I have prdcted a 3-0 or 4 and then sub bonera for MDS at the end of the game

     
  6. I hope that Galliani will leave our Club ASAP!

    For next year we also need CERCI, DORIA, COENTRAO and goalkeeper.

     
    • We need Scuffet or Perin as GK and i would buy Marcos Rojo from Sporting and Alex Sandro from Porto play Honda as a CM with Cristante and get Bertolacci rotate him with Cristante and Honda we dont need a trequarista get Candreva from Lazio for the right wing aswell and we will be dangerous

       

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