Preview - Genoa vs Ac Milan March 11 2018

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Mar 11, 2018, 11:35 AM Last Edit: Mar 11, 2018, 11:37 AM by Harry85
Match Day 30
Genoa vs AC Milan
Sunday, March 11th, 2018
22:00 pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Luigi Ferraris

Last five matches form: L W W W L
Average goals per match: 0.8
Average goals against per match: 1.0
Top Scorer: Diego Laxalt, Goran Pandev and Andrej Galabinov (3)

AC Milan:
Last five matches form: W W W W L
Average goals per match: 1.4
Average goals against per match: 1.2
Top Scorer: Suso and Patrick Cutrone (6)

Playing in the Champions League next season now appears to be nothing but a dream for Milan. Eight points off the top four in Serie A, the Europa League route has been all but closed off following a 2-0 loss at home to Arsenal in midweek. They do still have a Europa League place for next seasons competition to play for though, only being kept out of sixth place by Sampdoria on goal difference.

Genoa meanwhile are in midtable no mans land. That is however no doubt a welcome relief to supporters as they had looked like becoming embroiled in the relegation battle before a recent upturn in fortunes.

AC Milan have only lost one of their past six away from home in Serie A. A pretty remarkable achievement considering they have been reduced to ten men in no fewer than four of those matches.

Motivation for the remainder of the campaign must be a slight question mark, but Genaro Gattuso wont stand for any drop in standards and can be trusted to re-motivate his squad ahead of this clash.

Genoa simply don't score enough goals to aspire to anything other than mediocrity at present and look overmatched on attacking front facing an AC side who have notched nine in their past four Serie A away outings.

Prediction: Genoa 0 - 2 AC Milan


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 1
Shots: 9 - 14
Shots on target: 2 - 7
Corner Kicks: 3 - 3
Possession: 37% - 63%

A relatively quiet afternoon for referee Michael Fabbri on the cards front, with only Genoa's Andrea Bertolacci making his way into the notebook.

AC Milan just about deserved this victory having come out comfortably on top in the total shots and possession stats. They certainly did it the hard way though. Seemingly falling behind only to be rescued by the Video Assistant Referee, and then leaving it oh so late to grab the winner.

Chances for both sides in the opening period despite a largely dominant display from the defences, with breaks down the flanks appearing to be the most likely route to goal for both teams. 0-0 at half-time though.

It was in the 53rd minute that games moment of controversy came. Luca Rigoni heading in a free kick from the left hand side, with the referee awarding the goal. Retrospective action from the VAR however saw the effort chalked off for offside.

When the decisive moment did come, it wasn't until the 94th minute. A beauty of a cross from Suso on the right hand side finding the head of Andre Silva to beat Mattia Perin at his near post. Cue a massed pile-up celebration in the corner for Milan and heartbreak for Genoa.

This win combined with Sampdoria's surprise away hammering at the hands of Crotone is enough to see Milan move into the Europa League qualifying positions, as they rise to sixth on goal difference.

Genoa can't quite feel the teams in the relegation zone breathing down their necks, but will nevertheless be keen to return to winning ways soon to steer well clear of the dogfight. They have more than enough about them to suggest they will be ok in that regard though.

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