Milan vs Fiorentina preview

October 25, 2014
By: Nemanja Lazarevic

Milan vs FiorentinaBuoyed by back to back victories over two sides from Verona, AC Milan go into the Fiorentina clash hoping to make it three on the trot.

Viola ended the promising run as they were beaten at home by Lazio, and this is a very important match for them if they are to remain in contention for Champions League positions.

AC Milan have shown a great deal of promise under inexperienced coach Filippo Inzaghi and they have recently climbed to European positions.

The Rossoneri recovered well from a three-match winless streak to record comfortable triumphs over Chievo and Hellas Verona, and are now back on the right track.

The problem is that strikers are still misfiring, with Torres, El Shaarawy and Pazzini scoring mere one league goal between them, but goals from midfield have so far been enough to compensate.

And with Fiorentina going through a rough patch at the moment, AC Milan can be backed at 2.10 (11/10) to extend the winning run at San Siro.

Talented youngsters Riccardo Saponara and Hachim Mastour have resumed training, meaning long-term casualty Riccardo Montolivo is the only unavailable player at the moment.

Giacomo Bonaventura and Nigel de Jong are back in contention, while Jeremy Menez looks set to be preferred to Fernando Torres up front.

Probable starting line-up (4-3-3): Lopez – Abate, Alex, Rami, De Sciglio – Muntari, de Jong, Poli – Honda, Menez, El Shaarawy.

The problems Fiorentina had experienced last term continued into the new season, with the absence of starting forwards Mario Gomez and Giuseppe Rossi proving to be a major issue.

Talented Khouma Babacar has been showing signings of potential, but he is definitely not good enough to successfully operate as a lone striker for a team fighting for a top 3 finish.

On top of that, many important players have failed to hit the ground running early on, and the team have so far been pretty inconsistent.

While impressing in Europa League to win all three group games, Fiorentina could only take nine points from seven league fixtures, and they now sit six points behind top 3 positions.

The good news is Viola have won three of last four away matches in all competitions, but odds of 3.90 (29/10) offered on away win do not look too tempting.

David Pizarro has been added to the infirmary, with Borja Valero set to be recalled, whilst Mario Gomez is nearing his return from injury.

Probable starting line-up (4-3-2-1): Neto – Tomovic, Rodriguez, Savic, Alonso – Aquilani, Kurtic, Valero – Fernandez, Cuadrado – Babacar.

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