Preview - AC Milan vs Parma 02 December 18

Started by Harry85, Dec 01, 2018, 01:41 PM

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Match Day 14
AC Milan vs. Parma
Sunday, December 2nd 2018
19:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: San Siro

AC Milan: 
Last five matches form: W W W L D
Average goals per match: 1.69
Average goals against per match: 1.31
Top Scorer: Gonzalo Higuaín (5)

Parma:
Last five matches form: L L D W W
Average goals per match: 1.08
Average goals against per match: 1.23
Top Scorer: Gervinho (5)

Fifth plays sixth in Serie A this weekend as AC Milan play host to an in-form Parma outfit at the San Siro. With just two points separating the sides, Parma could overhaul Milan with a win in this one.

This will be the first clash between the sides since 2015 as a result of Parma's spell away from the big-time. It is AC Milan who hold the edge historically though with 22 wins to Parma's 10.

The injury situation does continue to hinder AC Milan, for all that they have been soldiering on well of late. Ivan Strinic, Alessio Romagnoli, Giacomo Bonaventura, Mateo Musacchio, Lucas Biglia and Mattia Caldara are all still unfit, whilst top scorer Gonzalo Higuaín misses out through suspension. Parma will be without the injured Federico Dimarco and the suspended Emanuele Calaiò

Both teams have scored in seven of Milan's past eight home games in Serie A. Milan have lost just one of these games, against Juventus.

Parma have held their own on the road in Serie A so far this season with three wins and three defeats. They have kept just one clean sheet in these outings. Their three defeats have all been to nil.

The injury situation does even things up a little here. Milan very nearly won at Lazio last weekend though and despite their solid start, Parma at home does represent an easier assignment. We will take the home win in this one.



Prediction: AC Milan 2 - 1 Parma

Harry85

Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots:  15 - 7
Shots on target: 5 - 2
Corner Kicks: 8 - 8
Possession: 61% - 39%

Two bookings for each side at the San Siro. Fabio Borini and Samu Castillejo having their names taken for Milan, with referee Gianpaolo Calvarese also issuing the yellow card to Jonathan Biabiany and Simone Iacoponi of Parma.

A deserved win for AC Milan. Parma were by no means disgraced but AC were comfortably ahead on the possession and shot count statistics and would have been unlucky had they not come away with all three points.

Milan were bossing it from open play in the first half, without creating anything really clear cut. Parma were relying on set pieces for their chances; Riccardo Gagliolo seeming sure to score when well-placed but heading wide. 0-0 at the break.

Parma took the lead in the 49th minute and it was unsurprisingly via another set piece. Matteo Scozzarela swinging in a corner to the near post from the left to be met by Roberto Inglese to glance ahead across goal and in.

The lead lasted only six minutes. A deflected cross from the right dropping kindly for Patrick Cutrone in the right of the area who finished well with a volley which went in off the left hand upright.

The winner came from the penalty spot in the 71st minute. A handball in the area being spotted with the assistance of VAR and the referee pointing to the spot. Franck Kessie stepping up to convert into the bottom right corner.

No way back for Parma from there as Milan saw it out for a valuable three points.

A big win for Milan whose upward trajectory has now taken them into that all important fourth spot. Parma drop down to ninth.





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