Preview - SPAL vs AC Milan 10 Feb

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Match Day 24
SPAL 2013 vs AC Milan
Saturday, February 10th, 2018
22:00 (GMT +8)
Stadium: Stadio Paolo Mazza

SPAL 2013:
Last five matches: L D D L L
Average goals per match: 1.0
Average goals against per match: 1.8
Top Scorer: Mirco Antenucci (6)
AC Milan:
Last five matches: D D W W W
Average goals per match: 1.3
Average goals against per match: 1.3
Top Scorer: Suso (7)

It has been a disappointing season for AC Milan. At the beginning of the season they had Champions League aspirations, but they are currently in 8th place. They are three points behind Sampdoria for the 6th spot, which is the final Europa League qualification position. Champions League football might not be in the cards for Milan next year, but Europa League would be somewhat of a consolation, and it's certainly better than no European football.

SPAL are in 18th place, three points away from safety. They are desperate to get out of the relegation places and this match would be a good time to do so. Milan continuously play down to their opponents, and SPAL play decently at home. SPAL

Milan lost two points last week against Udinese. After taking the lead, they had Davide Calabria sent off and Gianluigi Donnarumma conceded a silly goal. Genaro Gattuso will want to light a fire under his team, as they need to start adding points in threes if they want any shot of playing in Europe next year.

After hard fought consecutive draws versus Udinese and Inter, SPAL are coming off a loss versus Cagliari, which stung because they were a direct rival in the relegation battle.

On paper, AC Milan is a better squad. Results should start to break their way if they can put their mental mistakes behind them and perform the way an AC Milan team should. This match would be a good place to start.

Prediction: SPAL 1-2 AC Milan


Feb 10, 2018, 11:57 PM Last Edit: Feb 11, 2018, 04:56 AM by aaguerra90
Half Time: 0-1
Full Time: 0-4
Shots: 6-15
Shots on target: 1-7
Corner Kicks: 3-5
Possession: 45-55

Gennaro Gattuso's side are inching closer to the European qualification places after defeating SPAL 4-0.

Patrick Cutrone opened the scoring in the 2nd minute. A short corner by Suso worked its way around the top of the area and was swung back towards the Spaniard. Suso crossed the ball into the box, Giacomo Bonaventura met the corner with a powerful header but goalkeeper Alex Meret got a hand to it. Youngster Cutrone was quick to pounce and smashed the ball into the net from a meter out.

SPAL would have their best opportunity to find the equalizer in the 42nd minute. Federico Viviani stepped up to take a free kick right outside of Milan's box. Viviani hit the ball beautifully, curling it over the wall and making it dip dangerously. Unfortunately for SPAL, the ball caromed off the outside of the post and went out for a goal kick. Viviani was visibly incredulous, he thought he had a goal.

In the second half Cutrone would add to his goal tally. Suso dribbled past two opponents and tried his luck from distance, but the goalkeeper parried his shot away. Once again, Cutrone was ready for a rebound and was first to the ball. His shot hit the post but bounced right back at his thigh and went in the goal. Cutrone's opportunism paid off for him today.

Milan's third would come at the boots of Lucas Biglia. Goalkeeper Meret played the ball quickly after gathering a header from Hakan Calhanoglu, rolling it to Federico Viviani. Viviani must have been asleep, and had his pocket picked by Biglia near the box. The Argentine took a few touches and finessed a shot into the lower right corner.

In the 89th minute Suso would intercept a ball near midfield. The Spaniard played it to Montolivo, who would split the defense and find Fabio Borini racing into the box. Borini rifled a left footed shot that Meret could do nothing about. 4-0 Milan.

AC Milan are now tied with Sampdoria in sixth place with an extra game played. Milan must keep winning in order to secure qualification to either European tournament next year.

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