Saturday, January 21, 2017

Serie A preview: Milan looking to bounce back

AC Milan will be keen to not drop further behind Juventus at the top of Serie A when they take on Chievo Verona on Tuesday.

On Saturday, Fiorentina’s Carvalho Amauri scored in the 89th minute to hand Milan a shock 2-1 defeat, which allowed Juventus to take over as Serie A leaders when they knocked off Palermo 2-0.

Milan had 64 percent possession against Fiorentina and had 21 shots for the match, but only five of them were on target, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring the home side’s goal from the penalty spot.

Manager Massimo Allegri will want his side to improve their efficiency in front of goal against Chievo as Milan have scored just two goals from 40 shots in their last two Serie A matches.

Milan have been the most prolific goal-scoring side in the league this season, but have only scored three goals in their last 360 minutes of football, including the two legs of their Champions League quarter-final against Barcelona.

Juventus remain undefeated this season but will face a tough test on Wednesday when they host third-placed Lazio.

If Juventus fail to win they will give Milan a chance to go top of the Serie A again. Juventus only lead Milan by a point.

Udinese and Roma will continue their respective quests to play European football next season when they clash on Wednesday.

The hosts are just a point behind Napoli in the race for Italy’s second Europa League spot, while Udinese are three points behind Lazio, who currently hold Serie A’s third Champions League ticket.

Genoa and Parma can build seven-point gap between them and the relegation zone if they beat bottom-two clubs Cesena and Novara respectively.

But if they slip up, 18th-placed Lecce could move within a point when they travel to Catania.

In other games on Wednesday, Fiorentina host Palermo, Inter Milan take on Siena and Napoli face Atalanta, while on Thursday Bologna take on Cagliari.

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