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Torino vs AC Milan Match Preview

15 Jan 2017 Stuart S. ITALY: Serie A
ITALY: Serie A

Turin FC

  • L
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • L

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Kick-off
19:45 GMT
16 January 2017

AC Milan

  • L
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • W

Kick-off
19:45 GMT 16 January 2017

Following AC Milan’s 2-1 win over Torino in Thursday’s Coppa Italia fixture, the Turin outfit will be looking to have their revenge on Vincenzo Montella’s side on Monday night.

It’s a must-win game for both sides with Milan looking to break into the top three, and Torino keen on maintaining pace with Lazio and Inter Milan who currently occupy 4th and 5th place respectively, thus; the stakes are evidently high.

Torino have been impressive at the Olimpico di Torino this season, as they’ve won six out of their nine home games. Sinisa Mihajlovic will be hoping his side can utilise the home advantage to full effect and grab a win over Milan.

Torino have the 4th best attack in the Serie A having scored 36 goals, a tally only bettered Juventus, Roma and Napoli. They also boast of the 6th best defence in the league which will be decisive when they face Milan on Monday.

II Toro currently sits in 8th place in the league standings, which is more or less an indicator of their waning bid for a spot in the Europa League. A win against the Rossoneri will improve their chances of a top five finish.

Milan needs to be wary of Torino as the home side has scored in 89% of their games this term. They have averaged 1.9 goals per game. Considering the fact that Milan have failed to keep a clean sheet in 75% of their away games this season, they’re likely to concede against Torino.

Vincenzo Montella’s side have averaged 1.5 goals on the road this season; hence, they’re also bound to trouble Torino’s defensive set-up.

The game is delicately poised to feature some great attacking display’s hence; both teams are likely to score.

Key Stats

  • Both teams have found the back of the net in each of their last five meetings.
  • Milan have scored over 2.5 goals in just 50% of their games this term.
  • Andrea Belotti has scored 13 goals in 13 Serie A appearances this season.

Head to Head

Torino are winless in their last 19 games against AC Milan. Four of the last five matches between both sides at the Olimpico di Torino have ended in draws.

Head to head matches: Turin FC - AC Milan

12.01.2017 Copp AC Milan Turin FC 2:1
21.08.2016 Seri AC Milan Turin FC 3:2
27.02.2016 Seri AC Milan Turin FC 1:0
17.10.2015 Seri Turin FC AC Milan 1:1

Latest matches: Turin FC

12.01.2017 Copp AC Milan Turin FC 2:1 L
08.01.2017 Seri US Sassuolo Turin FC 0:0 D
04.01.2017 Club Turin FC AC Monza Brianz 1:0 W
22.12.2016 Seri Turin FC Genoa FC 1:0 W
18.12.2016 Seri SSC Napoli Turin FC 5:3 L

Latest matches: AC Milan

12.01.2017 Copp AC Milan Turin FC 2:1 W
08.01.2017 Seri AC Milan Cagliari Calcio 1:0 W
23.12.2016 Supe Juventus Turin AC Milan 4:5 W
17.12.2016 Seri AC Milan Atalanta Bergamasca 0:0 D
12.12.2016 Seri AS Roma AC Milan 1:0 L

Torino Team News

Afriye Acquah is currently on international duty with Ghana at the African Cup of Nations, while Cristian Molinaro is still out with a knee injury.

AC Milan Team News

Matias Fernandez and Riccardo Montilivo will be unavailable for selection due to injury problems.

Verdict

Judging by the looks of things, the game has a 1-1 draw written all over it. Both sides are quite likely to score seeing as that has been the case in their last five encounters at the Olimpico di Torino.

Milan will attempt to play it safe in the early stages of the match in a bid to keep the Torino supporters quiet; on the other hand, Torino will try to break down the Rossoneri’s defence from the onset.

About the author - Stuart S.

An English freelance sports writer, Stuart has written the Arsenal blog A Cultured Left Foot since 2006, as well as numerous betting previews and articles.

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