AC Milan will resume their defence of the Scudetto title this Saturday when they welcome Spezia to San Siro.
Venue: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (San Siro) (Milan)
AC Milan have won eight of their last nine Serie A games (L1).
They have kept nine clean sheets at home in the league in 2022.
Milan have scored 2+ goals in seven of their last ten home league matches.
Spezia have conceded at least one second-half goal in eight-straight Serie A away games.
They are winless in their last five Serie A games (D1, L4).
The visitors are winless in their last six away games.
They have failed to score in seven of their last ten away league games.
Spezia have conceded 2+ goals in 14 of their last 220 games.
Head to head
In five meetings between both sides, AC Milan have three wins while Spezia have one win. That one win came in the last outing between both sides here at the San Siro which Spezia won by 1-2.
Latest performances in all competitions
AC Milan: W-L-W-W-W
AC Milan will take on Spezia at the San Siro looking to cut the gap in the top four.
The Rossoneri wrapped up their Champions League Group stages with a dominant win over RB Salzburg.
Goals from Rade Krunic, Junior Messias and a brace from Olivier Giroud handed Stefano Pioli’s side an easy win as they secured their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
However, AC Milan did not enjoy a fruitful outing in their last Serie A action. The home team travelled to Turin to take on Torino, in round 12 of the Italian Serie A. First-half goals from Levy Djidji and Aleksey Miranchuk were enough to seal all three points for Torino, with Junior Messias grabbing what seemed like a consolation goal for the Rossoneri.
The defeat to Torino saw AC Milan lose further ground to league leaders Napoli, who now sit six points clear of the defending Champions.
Stefano Pioli will be keen to see his side quickly return to winning ways in the Serie A by picking up all three points when they host Spezia as they continue to chase a title defence.
Possible AC Milan starting line-up
Ciprian Tatarusanu; Pierre Kalulu, Matteo Gabbia, Fikayo Tomori, Theo Hernandez; Sandro Tonali, Ismael Bennacer; Ante Rebić, Brahim Diaz, Rafael Leao, Olivier Giroud.
Injured: Alessandro Florenzi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Davide Calabria, Mike Maignan, Alexis Saelemaekers
Spezia will travel to Milan in search of their third win in Serie A of the season and their first in their last five Serie A games (D1, L4).
The away side will come into this game off the back of a 1-2 loss to Fiorentina last weekend.
Nikola Milenkovic opened the scoring for Fiorentina in the 14th minute, but Spezia got a response through M’bala Nzola 21 minutes later, with the first half ending in a draw. The game continued in the same way after the break, and it seemed destined to end in a draw until Dimitrios Nikolaos received his marching orders in the 82nd minute, to leave Spezia with a one-man deficit. With the numerical advantage, Fiorentina continued to pile on the pressure and eventually found a way past the sea of Spezia shirts in the 90th minute.
Spezia will now look to start off afresh this month and get a better result when they take on Stefano Pioli’s side. However, Luca Gotti’s side face the daunting task of overcoming the defending champions. But after their shock win over the Rossoneri last season, Spezia will come into the tie packed full with the experience needed to beat the champions once more.
Possible Spezia starting line-up
Bartlomiej Dragowski, Ethan Ampadu, Jakub Kiwior, Petko Hristov; Arkadiusz Reca, Albin Ekdal, Mehdi Bourabia, Kevin Agudelo, Kelvin Amian Adou; Quartsin Gyasi, M’Bala Nzola.
Injured: Emil Holm, Viktor Kovalenko
Doubtful: Simone Bastoni
Suspended: Dimitrios Nikolau
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AC Milan 2-1 Spezia