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Milan vs. Torino Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
13 February 2020
Monday 17 February
San Siro – Serie A
Torino travel to Milan hoping to finally turn a horrid run of results but face an opponent eager to bounce back after their recent setback against Inter. Moreno Longo is looking for his first win as Torino boss, whilst Stefano Pioli will have to lift the spirit at San Siro with a win against the Granata.
The reverse fixture this term ended in a 2-1 win for the Granata at the Grande Torino, but Milan avenged their revenge with a 4-2 win in extra time during their recent meeting in the Coppa Italia last month. The win in extra time was the only success in seven attempts, and their last win against Torino in Serie A came in August 2016. Torino have won the last two meetings between the two after a run of four draws on the bounce between January 2017 and December 2018.
Moreno Longo will have to cope without Armando Izzo for the game against Milan, as the centre-back was sent off during their defeat against Sampdoria. Daniele Baselli and Simone Zaza are out injured, but Baselli should soon be able to shake off a calf problem. Zaza, on the other hand, will definitely miss out, as he is not expected back until the end of February.
Andrea Conti was also punished by the Disciplinary Commission and Milan will have to take on Torino without their right-back at Pioli’s disposal. This could provide a chance for the new signing Alex Saelemaekers at the right. Rade Krunic suffered a fatigue fracture at the start of the month and is not expected back in time, whilst Leo Duarte is expected back next month.
Milan vs. Torino Preview and Predictions
Milan looked like they were about to claim another three points against their arch-rivals Inter last weekend, but conceded four goals in the second half and lost their first match in 2020. Zlatan Ibrahimovic showed his value yet again, with a goal and an assist against the Nerazzurri and if the former Sweden international will start against Torino, he could help them back on track with a win at 1.64.
The Granata replaced Walter Mazzarri with one of their former pupils earlier this month and he started his stint with an uninspiring loss against a Sampdoria side fighting for their lives in the top tier. The away side will arrive after a run of four defeats in a row and will hope to show signs of improvement against the Rossoneri this weekend.
Longo has promised to fix the relationship between the club and the fans and a win at 5.60 will surely be a great start. If the current slump continues for the Turin side, they will be dragged closer and closer towards the relegation zone, as they are currently eight points above Genoa at 18th in Serie A.
But a draw for the Granata in Milan would also be a good start to help Longo turn the tide and may be backed at 3.90, as Pioli’s men have been looking solid since they returned to action after the winter break in the new year. Milan are two points away from the top six and should be fighting for a place in Europe this term, but Napoli are currently breathing down their neck and the Rossoneri were lucky that the Partenopei lost their game against Lecce last weekend.
A highly interesting game between two sides who are looking to revive their seasons, where Milan have the upper hand, but Torino could be boosted by a full week working with their new coach and hope that the Diavolo arrive with tired legs after their semi-final in the Coppa Italia against Juventus.
Ante Rebic to score the first goal in the match at 6.00
After a slow start to life at San Siro, the Croatian forward has been looking like a threat next to Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He scored the first goal against Inter and took his tally to four since the new year. He has four goals in Serie A in 12 games and has finally started showing his value for Milan.
Milan to win to nil at 2.70
Gianluigi Donnarumma and co had started the year with a great defensive record in Serie A and will be hoping to bring back the solid performance against a struggling Granata. Milan have conceded five goals in their last two games, but those came after a run of four clean sheets in the League. Gigio will be looking to get back on track as soon as possible.