Archive for November 19th, 2016

Match Preview : AC Milan vs Inter Milan

Saturday, November 19th, 2016

Milan have won five of their last six matches and are now starting to aim for a top three finish, which is fare beyond where they expected to finish at the start of the season.

Inter sacked Frank de Boer less than three months into the job, which many feel was harsh despite some disappointing performances. New manager Stefano Pioli is in charge of a top team for the first time in his career, but he would have hoped for an easier start to life in the job than a derby against their city rivals.

This clash has received some hype due to Milan’s resurgence, coupled with the fact Inter are now onto their second manager of the season. For the first time in recent years, Milan are on course to fight for a top four finish, but Inter will be determined to crash their party and possibly gain some momentum of their own.

Team News

AC Milan – Alessio Romagnoli picked up a muscular problem with the Italian national team and is now a massive doubt for the derby on Sunday night.

Gustavo Gomez would be his natural replacement, but the Italy international is a major loss for Milan’s defence.

Carlos Bacca is also not safe to start as Gianluca Lapadula is breathing down his neck for playing time.

Inter Milan -Inter appointed their new manager Stefano Pioli during the break, and the derby will be his first game in charge.

Coach Pioli is expected to field a 4-3-3 that makes good use of the flanks, but the exact lineup is not clear yet.

Compared to Inter’s previous formations, he might leave out Ever Banega at start against Milan.

Match Facts

AC Milan have been drawing at half time and winning at full time in their last 3 home matches  in Serie A.

AC Milan have won their last 4 home matches (Serie A).

Inter have been losing at both half time and full time in their last 3 away matches in Serie A.

Inter have lost their last 3 away Serie A matches.

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 5 of Inter’s last 6 games (Serie A).

AC Milan have won with a 1 goal margin in their last 3 home Serie A matches.

Inter have lost with a 1 goal margin in their last 3 away matches in Serie A.

NaijaBet Odds

As at this post AC Milan has 2.69 odd to win the match on NaijaBet  while Inter Milan has 2.63 odd to win the match also, while the odd to draw the match is 3.17.

Match Preview : Middlesbrough vs Chelsea

Saturday, November 19th, 2016

Middlesbrough have earned two impressive draws against Arsenal and Manchester City in their last three matches when using a 4-5-1 formation. They are expected to opt for the same tactics against a rampant Chelsea side.

Chelsea have won each of their last five matches at an aggregate scoreline of 16-0. They have been immense since switching to 3-4-3 and it will take a huge effort from the home side to take points from Antonio Conte’s side here. The fact Eden Hazard and Diego Costa come into this fixture with slight knocks could help them, however.

These two sides haven’t met since 2013 but Chelsea have won each of their last six matches against Middlesbrough, and ominously, haven’t conceded a goal in that time. In fact, Boro haven’t scored against Chelsea since 2006 when Mark Viduka and Emanuel Pogatetz gave them a 2-1 win over Chelsea. It’s hard to see them getting anywhere close to that result on Sunday.

Team News

Middlesbrough – Middlesbrough can welcome back Gaston Ramirez to the team after he missed their 1-1 draw with Manchester City through suspension.