Preview - AC Milan vs SPAL 21 Sep

Started by Bensergi, Sep 20, 2017, 09:43 PM

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AC Milan vs SPAL

Next up for the Diavolo is a home meeting with SPAL, which naturally represents a good chance to pick up another three points before a more potentially tricky away trip to Sampdoria over the weekend. Their upcoming visitors are on a two-game losing streak and naturally will be desperate to avoid making it a third straight defeat.

Meanwhile, Milan aim to stay within touching distance of the top four with a fourth win in their first five games in front of their home fans, who are growing in confidence with each passing match due to the team's overall good showings both in the league and in Europe.

Spal, of course, will try the same approach they did when they took on Milan's cross-town rivals Inter and when they faced Lazio on opening day - throw men behind the ball in a desperate attempt to hold out for some kind of draw. After all, each point counts in a bid to stay afloat.

It did pay dividends against the Biancocelesti, as they managed to earn a rather impressive stalemate. However, it didn't work against the Nerazzurri, as they ended up losing 2-0, but it did require a bit of patience from Inter to finally see a breakthrough and it obviously will likely require the same from Milan on Wednesday evening.

Andrea Conti and Luca Antonelli are on the treatment table, while Spal miss Alex Meret, Marios Oikonomou and Sergio Floccari.


Match Stats:

  • AC Milan 2-0 SPAL
  • Shots: 16-2
  • Possession: 54%-46%
  • Corner kicks: 9-8

Penalties from Ricardo Rodriguez and Franck Kessie were enough to help AC Milan ease past SPAL 2-0 at San Siro.

Milan were scarcely tested by their visitors and will be disappointed that their dominance was not rewarded with a more flattering scoreline.
Rodriguez scored his first goal for the club after Nikola Kalinic had been hauled down in the box in the first half, while Kessie converted from the spot after he'd been felled by Felipe in the 61st minute.

Vincenzo Montella's side have now won three straight games in all competitions following their 4-1 humbling at the hands of Lazio, and will be full of confidence ahead of this weekend's trip to Sampdoria.

SPAL, meanwhile, will need to put in a much improved performance if they are to get anything out of in-form Napoli's visit to the Stadio Paolo Mazza on Saturday.

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