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Prediction: AC Milan vs Torino

Tom Dunstan in Free Soccer Predictions, Serie A 17 Feb 2020

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Verdict: Ante Rebic to score anytime

Best Odds: 13/10

Bookmaker: Bet365

Looking to try and close the deficit on the top-six, AC Milan will welcome a struggling Torino to the San Siro on Monday night in what could be a lively contest.

AC Milan

Starting with the hosts, while AC Milan may have seen Juventus snatch an undeserved late equalizer in their Coppa Italia first-leg in midweek, Head Coach Stefano Pioli would have had plenty of positives to take away. Dominating large spells of the game against the reigning champions at the San Siro on Thursday, I Rossoneri have made a string of improvements, even if they have failed to win any of their last three matches across all competitions. However, with their 4-2 defeat against bitter rivals Inter their only loss since returning from the festive break, AC now find themselves sat within touching distance of reclaiming their spot in the top-six. Also gaining a reputation for their recent showings in the final third, one man to keep an eye out for on Monday will be the red-hot, Ante Rebic. Finding the net against the Old Lady in midweek, the former Eintracht Frankfurt attacker has scored in back-to-back appearances and has five goals in his last six matches across all formats.

Team News

Milan boss Stefano Pioli has three injury issues to content with for the game against il Toro, as midfield duo Lucas Biglia (out for the season) and Rade Krunic plus defender Leo Duarte are still out.

Andrea Conti is suspended too, meaning that Davide Calabria is almost certain to start at right-back.

Torino

As for the visitors, booed off by fans around the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino after their abysmal 3-1 defeat against Sampdoria last week, Torino find themselves in the midst of what has been a woeful run of form. Freefalling out the top half of the Serie A standings and the mood in their camp at the worst it has been in recent memory, the Bulls have lost their last five matches on the bounce. Suddenly dealing with a string of issues both on and off the pitch, there is no doubt that Head Coach Moreno Longo will have a growing headache over his side’s continued problems at the back. Including what was an embarrassing 7-0 hammering against Atalanta last month, Torino have shipped a staggering 20 strikes on their losing run. Along with being handed a 4-0 hammering away at relegation scrappers Leece in their last appearance on the road, Monday’s guests also shipped four goals when they faced off against I Rossoneri in the Coppa Italia earlier in the month.

Team News

Armando Izzo is suspended while Daniele Baselli, Simone Zaza and Vincenzo Millico are all doubts but have not been ruled out.

Key Factors to Consider

  • When the two sides faced off in the Coppa Italia earlier in the month, AC picked up a 4-2 victory.
  • In fact, Torino have not picked up a victory at the San Siro in the club’s history.
  • Milan striker Ante Rebic has five goals in his last six matches across all competitions.
  • Torino have lost their last five straight matches.
  • More worrying, the Bulls have shipped a staggering 20 strikes on that losing run.

Conclusion

On paper, there is no doubt that I Rossoneri should see Monday as a golden opportunity to refind their winning touch. With Torino in the midst a woeful five-match losing run and shipping a remarkable 20 strikes over the past month, Ante Rebic and co should be looking to make a statement at the San Siro. With the former Eintracht Frankfurt man finding the net in back-to-back matchups and enjoying what has been a continued purple patch in Milan, we’re backing the 27-year-old to extend on his tally against a leaky Bulls defence on Monday night.

Verdict: Ante Rebic to score anytime

Best Odds: 13/10

Bookmaker: Bet365

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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