Rossonerri’s Champions League spot is not safe yet. The race is ongoing and they can not lose any more points in the remaining games. This midweek, AC Milan will be visiting Turin again to meet Torino, which has been in a positive form lately to avoid the relegation threat. Andrea Belotti and Co are still sitting on the 16th with only four points clear from Benevento on the 18th.
Both teams’ previous games
Il Torro was held in a 1-1 draw last weekend while taking on Verona on the road. Mergim Vojvoda gave them the lead but not long after Federico di Marco found the back of the net to salvage a point for the home side.
Meanwhile, AC Milan managed to snatch a big win over their classic contender, Juventus. They dismantled La Vecchia Signora 3-0 in an away fixture. Brahim Diaz, Ante Rebic and Fikayo Tomori scored their winning goals. The victory was enough to bump them up to the third on the table.
Davide Nicola might still be in favour of 3-1-4-2 formation. Andrea Belotti is likely to be paired up again with Antonio Sanabria upfront. They will gain support from the Argentine wing back Christian Ansaldi and Kosovo international Margim Vojvoda on both sides. The figures in their injury table are only Nicoal Murru and Armando Izzo, whose position as one of the back three will be covered by Lyanco.
Stefano Pioli is still sticking to his 4-2-3-1 formation. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is sadly ruled out for this fixture. Rafael Leao shall deputise the Swedish veteran instead. He will be supported by Brahim Diaz behind him plus Croatian international Ante Rebic and Hakan Calhanoglu on both flanks.
Players to watch
Torino’s skipper, Andrea Belotti is still the top performers of the club. He has bagged 12 goals and made 6 assists this season. Some other notable names to watch are the wing back Margim Vojvoda who scored in the last two games consecutively and the Paraguayan international who just arrived at the winter transfer window, Antonio Sanabria who has netted five goals and provided one assist.
Without Zlatan again, Pioli will have to rely on Ante Rebic as the main scorer. He has scored eight goals and contributed three assist so far. Another key figure who is expected to continue his positive form is none but Hakan Calhanouglu, the top assist provider with nine assists in Seria A so far.
Torino vs Milan Prediction
Milan must keep on winning here to seal their UCL ticket. However, without Ibrahimovic in the line up, it will be quite tricky. The home side is motivated for their top flight future as well so a loss would be another setback for Davide Nicola’s men’s campaign. Considering the results and performance in the last outing, Milan could still pick up three points here.