Torino VS AC Milan Prediction
Four days after their Coppa Italia duel, Torino and AC Milan will meet on the Serie A stage. Their clash is set to wrap up current Calcio round, where after a typical intensive Italian football weekend, Monday night offers last fixture from round 20. And we can clearly describe that Serie A fixture as one of the very intriguing due few different reasons.
Week 20: Team News and Match Preview
When we return only few days ago, on Thursday night, AC Milan clinched a 2-1 success against Torino. Victory at the 2017 UEFA Champions League final venue, the “Stadio Giuseppe Meazza” or simply known as “San Siro”, has promoted The Rossoneri to the Coppa Italia quarter-finals, where they will challenge Juventus later this month. Otherwise we could witness another Turin derby, but instead we will have replay of the 2016 Coppa Italia final, as well as of latest Italian Super Cup match, which by the way took place in end of December. So in any case expectations for a massive game in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals were in place.
Torino’s top scorer Andrea Belotti opened the score in first half of the game, but a quick second half action by two of Milan’s midfielders formed the final result. Juraj Kucka and Giacomo Bonaventura were those who have scored both goals for AC Milan in space of three minutes, in period between 61st and 63rd minutes. Thus Milan achieved its third consecutive success over “The Granata”, which also was their fourth at home. Another good reason why Toro’s head coach Sinisa Mihajlovic will be even more determined to win against his former club. Indeed, Mihajlovic has been sacked from club from Milan on 12 April 2016, so he must take his last chance for a revenge during ongoing campaign.
First clash between Sinisa Mihajlovic’s Torino and AC Milan was in opening round of the 2016-17 Serie A season, when in end of August Carlos Bacca scored a hat-trick for final 3-2 victory. However, Torino can regret about a missed penalty by hot prospect of Italian football Andrea Belotti in closing seconds of the match, but another hot prospect in Gianluigi Donnarumma’s face had his own contribution. So basically Sinisa Mihajlovic won’t have another chance to prevail over his successor at “San Siro” – Vincenzo Montella.
To be even more exact and in details, that was only a slice from all 19 competitive games in which Torino cannot win over AC Milan. Their last win over The Rossoneri dates from more than 15 years ago, when Toro reached a narrow success in November 2001. It has been followed by 12 defeats and maximum Torino could pull out in that period was a draw – in seven different occasions.
Serie A standings – past and upcoming fixtures
Before beginning of match week 20 in the 2016-17 Serie A season, when we prepare our Torino vs AC Milan Prediction, gap between both North Italian clubs is from seven points.
Milan can boast with better form and respectively with three victories in three different competitions in their last matches. First of them was in days before Christmas, when Vincenzo Montella became the one who has ended that gloomy period, marked with lack of trophies and regress. Victory in the 2016 Supercoppa Italiana was first trophy for Milan since winning the Scudetto in 2011, but fact they have accomplished this against rivals Juventus makes it even more remarkable. Next step on Vincenzo Montella’s sight definitely looks towards a top 3 position and return in the UEFA Champions League. Nevertheless, that ambitions is shared by few other clubs and they all form one fierce competition. Besides leaders Juventus, whose position there looks out of question, we also have runner-ups Roma, as well as other reputable clubs like Napoli and Lazio above AC Milan in the standings. This places The Rossoneri on fifth position where distance between them and third-placed Napoli is only two points. Moreover, Vincenzo Montella’s men will host to club from Naples on Saturday night and their clash against Torino on Monday night is a proper warm up for that crucial game. In fact, Milan must remain concentrated since Torino and Sinisa Mihajlovic in particular have enough motives to show higher aggression in that game.
Meanwhile, general situation requires some extra effort by guests from Milan, who must also keep in mind teams of Atalanta and city rivals Inter are closely behind them.
And where are hosts from Turin? Well, despite huge enthusiasm for something more, Torino seem destined for a season of mid-table obscurity. Sinisa Mihajlovic’s men are with 29 points after first half of the Serie A campaign and if they do not show us something extraordinary in remaining 19 games, “Granata” will hardly reach European football, even in the UEFA Europa League. Their 8th position looks secured, unless Fiorentina beats Toro’s city rival Juventus on Sunday night. Anyhow, Torino isn’t in position to climb higher, but they must finally put an end of their devastating record against Milan.
Torino’s home record certainly inspires optimism and except 1-3 defeat in the Derby della Mole one month ago, “The Granata” are rock-solid at their “Olimpico”. With 6 wins and 2 draws in 9 Serie A home games, Torino have all the prerequisites to aim in a positive score.
Torino vs AC Milan – Betting Prediction with Highest Odds
Milan must be extremely cautious because potential appearance of negative results in following three games can wane their spirit. That’s what adds additional importance of Milan’s journey to Turin, where they will have two more visits in next two months – but against Juventus.
Expectations are Vincenzo Montella will make some rotations from the midweek squad, whose formation has been without Alessio Romagnoli, Manuel Locatelli, M’Baye Niang and Carlos Bacca – they have all been rested. We expect all of them back into Milan’s starting XI for where Vincenzo Montella apparently has enough candidates, although he cannot rely on injured midfielders Matías Fernández and skipper Riccardo Montolivo.
Torino, on other hand, are having their own injury concerns and “The Bull” will have to use its attacking horns in order to claim first victory in 2017. After a goalless draw against Sassuolo last weekend, Sinisa Mihajlovic decided to drop Joel Obi out from Torino’s midweek squad, but Nigerian midfielder may start from the outset now, at the expense of Daniele Baselli.
Experienced left-back Cristian Molinaro is still injured while midfielder Afriyie Acquah is one of the 23 players to represent Ghana at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. If we leave these two names aside, Mihajlovic will hope to have central defender Leandro Castan and attacker Iago Falque back in contention, otherwise Emiliano Moretti and Juan Iturbe are favourites to cover eventual absence of either.
We can firmly conclude that upcoming Serie A fixture facing Torino against AC Milan looks really hard to be predicted, at least when it comes to final winner. That is why our betting prediction is influenced by the attacking potential in both sides, where we have respectively Andrea Belotti and Carlos Bacca on top. Usually both central forwards can count on fine support through the wings and also from midfielders.
We are ready to place a stake and recommend betting on “Both teams to score – Yes“.
Venue: “Stadio Olimpico”, Turin.
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento.
Possible Lineups and Injury Updates
Torino FC: Joe Hart – Davide Zappacosta, Luca Rossettini, Emiliano Moretti, Antonio Barreca – Marco Benassi, Mirko Valdifiori, Joel Obi – Iago Falque, Adem Ljajic, Andrea Belotti. (4-3-3)
AC Milan: Gianluigi Donnarumma – Mattia De Sciglio, Alessio Romagnoli, Gabriel Paletta, Ignazio Abate – Juraj Kucka, Manuel Locatelli, Giacomo Bonaventura – M’Baye Niang, Suso, Carlos Bacca. (4-3-3)