Preview - AC Milan vs Torino 10 December 18

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Dec 08, 2018, 11:57 PM Last Edit: Dec 09, 2018, 01:11 AM by Harry85
Match Day 15
AC Milan vs. Torino
Monday, December 10th 2018
03:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: San Siro


AC Milan: 
Last five matches form: W W L D W
Average goals per match: 1.71
Average goals against per match: 1.29
Top Scorer: Gonzalo HiguaĆ­n (5)

Torino:
Last five matches form: D W L D W
Average goals per match: 1.36
Average goals against per match: 1.14
Top Scorer: Andrea Belotti (5)

We have a big game at the San Siro on Match Day 15 in Serie A, as fourth placed AC Milan play host to sixth placed Torino. With just four points between the sides, a win for Torino will tighten things up considerably in the race for the Champions League positions.

There was nothing to split these sides last season, with this game ending in a goalless draw and the sides drawing 1-1 in Turin.

Torino have a fully fit squad from which to select here. No such luck for AC Milan who will be without the injured Lucas Biglia, Giacomo Bonaventura, Alessio Romagnoli, Mateo Musacchio, Ivan Strinic and Mattia Caldera.

Milan have been coping well despite the squad being under pressure due to so many injuries, winning three of their past five, with the only defeat coming against runaway league leaders Juventus. They have won five of seven at home in the league this season.

Torino have lost just one of their past nine in Serie A, when going down a little surprisingly at home to Parma. They are impressively unbeaten away from home so far this season, with a draw here against Inter Milan and a win at Sampdoria being the pick of an excellent series of results on the road.

AC Milan do look a better side on paper than Torino, but no one has managed to beat Il Toro away from home yet this season and we see this one ending in a draw.

Prediction: AC Milan 2 - 2 Torino


Harry85

Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 0
Shots:  12 - 10
Shots on target: 4 - 4
Corner Kicks: 11 - 3
Possession: 58% - 42%

Ignazio Abate and Cristian Zapata were booked for the home side in this one, with referee Daniele Orsato also taking the names of Nicolas N'Koulou, Armando Izzo and Daniele Baselli of Torino.

No goals at the San Siro as neither side managed to find a way through in the end. Milan came out on top on possession but that is to be expected considering they were the home side. Torino did match their hosts on the shots on target count though and a draw was probably a fair result on the day.

As befitting their record on the road overall this season, Torino started in confident fashion and came very close to taking an early lead. Iago Falque powering a header on goal from around six yards but being denied by a stunning one-handed stop from Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Andrea Belotti then perhaps should have done better when getting on the end of another cross from the left only to blaze his volleyed effort over the bar. Another let-off for Milan. 0-0 at the break.

Milan had the better of the action in the second half and really ought to have taken the lead through Patrick Cutrone. Six yards out with only the keeper to beat, the frontman miss-hit his effort well wide.

There wouldn't be a better chance for either side after that and we finished up all square at the San Siro.

With Lazio also failing to win this weekend AC Milan maintain their place in the top four. They remain fourth, one point clear of their Rome rivals. Another solid result for Torino who are continuing to prove a very tough nut to crack. The Turin side stay sixth.





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