Game: AC Milan – Verona
Date: 19 January, Sunday 2014 year
Start time: 19:45 GMT
Milan hosts Verona in game of the 20 round of Seria “A”. Before this match, “The Red and Blacks” are on 11th position in the stantings with 22 points, while Verona is on 6th position with 32 points.
Clarence Seedorf will be in the dugout eager to get his Milan coaching career off to a flying start when hosting Verona this Sunday. The former Rossoneri midfielder called time on a glorious 22-year playing career earlier this week to accept the club’s offer to pick up the reins from Massimiliano Allegri.
Giampaolo Pazzini’s return from injury and subsequent goal against Spezia will be a boost. New arrival Keisuke Honda also wrapped up an energetic full debut with a strike past the Serie B minnows, though Kaka remains the favourite to start this weekend.
In last round Verona lost at home for the second time this season last time out (8 victories, 0 draws), but this time the dominance of their opponents was more clear as Napoli won 0-3 at the Bentegodi.
Verona are unlikely to be able to count on influential playmaker Jorginho as they seek to bounce back in Milan, with the 22-year-old poised to seal his switch to Rafael Benitez’s side imminently.
Luca Toni’s and Juan Iturbe’s exploits upfront will be key to helping the resurgent Verona side continue to punch above their weight in his stead.
Facts before match:
AC Milan are undefeated in 19 of their last 21 home matches in Serie A.
AC Milan have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 3 matches against Verona in all competitions.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 5 of Verona’s last 6 games in Serie A.