MIL vs TOR Dream11: AC Milan faces another club from Turin just days after playing Juventus as Torino comes to town for a Serie A game. Milan got away with their loss against Juve as Inter Milan failed to beat Sampdoria as the Rossoneri kept their spot on top of the table. Stefano Pioli’s side lost their first game of the season against the reigning champions but will do everything to prevent that from happening again. Which shouldn’t be as tough an ask as Torino are struggling for form this season as they sit in 17th place, level on points with 18th (relegation place). They have won just 2 games this season, losing 8 and drawing 6. They will not be looking forward to this game as the last team they would want to face as they seek to leave the relegation battle is a team contesting for the Scudetto. However, the away side have managed to hold their own against AC in the recent head to head but it remains to be seen how much that accounts for.
Milan – DWWWL
Torino – LDDWD
Head-to-head (last five meetings):
Milan – 2
Draws – 1
Torino – 2
Last meeting: AC Milan 1-0 Torino (Serie A, 17th February)
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Injury Report, Unavailability: AC Milan have had a fairly long injury list all season and their woes continue as Alexis Saelemaekers, Ismael Bennacer, Matteo Gabbia and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are joined by Rade Krunic and Ante Rebic who tested positive for Covid-19.
Doubtful: There are no doubtful players for this fixture.
Expected changes: Despite the injuries, the Milanese defence should remain unchanged with Gianluigi Donnarumma playing behind Davide Calabria, Simon Kjaer, Alessio Romagnoli and Theo Hernandez. Krunic drops out of the squad but Sandro Tonali has returned just in time from his suspension and should play in a double-pivot with Franck Kessie. Rebic too will miss the game and Rafael Leao should be played upfront with Samuel Castillejo, Brahim Diaz and Hakan Calhanoglu.
Milan Starting XI (probable):
Gianluigi Donnarumma (GK)
Injury Report, Unavailability: Torino has a full-strength squad which will come as a huge relief for them.
Doubtful: Marco Giampaolo has no doubtful players for the MIL vs TOR Dream11 Prediction either.
Expected changes: The away side should go for a 3-5-2 with Salvatore Sirigu starting in goal behind Gleison Bremer, Lyanco and Armando Izzo. Former Milan left-back, Rico Rodriguez and right-wing back, Wilfried Singo, should man the flanks. Karol Linetty, Sasa Lukic and Tomas Rincon will play from the centre of the pitch in the heart of midfield. Giampaolo will opt for the two-striker system to put additional pressure on the Milanese defence with Simone Verdi and Andrea Belotti playing those roles.
Torino Starting XI (probable):
Salvatore Sirigu (GK)
MIL vs TOR Today Match Prediction:
SkyBet: Milan – 4/7; Torino – 19/4
PaddyPower: Milan – 4/7; Torino – 9/2
By the looks of it, it should be a straightforward win for the Rossoneri. Milan couldn’t have asked for a better fixture following their disappointing loss to Juventus. The home side also has the chance of extending their lead over fierce rivals and second-placed, Inter Milan, as they face a tough challenge in Roma. If results go their way, AC Milan could be 4 points clear by the end of this game week. As for Torino, the MIL vs TOR Today Match Prediction will be another shot at getting back to what everyone believes, they can be.
Most Likely Result: AC Milan win
Hakan Calhanoglu –
Chances created – 67
Accurate crosses – 47
Successful dribbles – 19
The Turkish international has been excellent not just for AC Milan but the numbers he has been putting up is one of the highest in Europe. Calhanoglu has been a reliable figure in midfield and will be the biggest threat to the Torino defence.
Andrea Belotti –
Goals/Assists (starts) – 9/4 (15)
Shots on target – 21
Successful dribbles – 23
A once highly sought-after striker, Andrea Belotti has faded into obscurity but has still been scoring tons of goals for his club. The Italian has 9 goals, which is 35% of all goals Torino have scored this season and they will rely on him as they look to turn their fortunes around.
Rafael Leao –
Goals/Assists (starts) – 5/4 (10)
Successful dribbles – 22
Chances created – 18
Leao has been very impressive in the absence of Rebic and Ibrahimovic despite being a very young player. The Portuguese international is also in good form at the moment with 2 goals and an assist in his last 4 games with a goal and assist in his last 2 games.
Sasa Lukic –
Chances created – 15
Successful dribbles – 13
Pass accuracy – 81%
Playing in central midfield, Lukic will be tasked with finding Belotti and Verdi to exploit the vulnerabilities in the Milanese defence. The number 7 has been quite good in terms of creativity and that will be key in such a big fixture.
Theo Hernandez –
Chances created – 28
Dribbles succeeded – 38
Goal contributions – 8
Despite playing in defence, the full-back has hardly ever stopped attacking. His numbers on the other end of the pitch are better than a lot of natural attackers as well. Hernandez will always be an extra pair of legs while attacking which is a problem as Torino will already have their hands full with Milan’s forwards.
Simone Verdi –
Chances created – 21
Accurate crosses – 12
Successful dribbles – 10
Playing alongside Belotti, Verdi has been quite a dark horse for Torino. He has done well to link-up play and creates chances for his fellow-forwards. The Italian will be a second striker that will give AC Milan some problems and force them to play a little lower, reducing their attacking threat.