AC Milan – Chievo SOCCER PICKS
AC Milan and Chievo made it twice a goal-feast last year, in Verona it was 1-4 for Milan, Milan won 3-2 at home. Do we see many goals today?
It took a long time but the team of Gennaro Gattuso has finally achieved a carefree victory. With Sassuolo-out there was in theory a tough game on the program against the number three, but the forefront of the Rossineri was finally as deadly as you would expect at Milan.
Perhaps the most amazing thing is that this happened in a race without Higuain, as the Argentinian suffered a thigh injury. Gattuso chose Samu Castillejo as false number nine and this worked out well. The Spaniard not only scored the 0-3 himself, but also created the space in which Kessie could dive for the 0-1. Suso set the final score with two distance shots at 1-4, the first time that Milan has achieved high expectations.
Midweeks there was also a home game against Olympiakos for the Europa League, where it was already behind after fifteen minutes. Guerrero escaped the attention of both Milan’s central defenders and was able to manage freely. Milan insisted for a long time and got a lot of opportunities, although the real chances still remained. From the seventieth minute it started to run with the Milanese, in ten minutes time the 0-1 deficit turned into a 3-1 victory. Higuain returned to the base against Olympiakos and scored immediately, so he could also start against Chievo. The question is whether Castillejo retains his basic place and perhaps is being put in front of the left, as was the case with Dudelange and Olympiakos.
For Chievo it starts to look worse with the week. The season started well with a cup win in Pescara and a match in which the Juventus offered good resistance but lost in the last minute of the injury time. There was still a draw against Empoli and AS Roma, but Chievo also got three points deducted because of fraud with the accounting. Since then, the team is steady last at -1 point and three consecutive defeats followed against Udinese, Genoa and Torino. In this last game last weekend the team hardly had any chances, especially in the second half the team from Turin was too strong. Really great chances also remained for Torino until the last fifteen minutes, when Simone Zaza finally shot the 0-1 past Chievo goalie Sorrentino and the team from Verona thus remains in the negative figures. Sixteen goal goals have already been cashed in, a worrying number given the competitors only got eight to nine.
Some key players are still uncertain for this match, Emmanuele Giaccherini trained separately from the group this week because of a muscle injury, also the employability of Tomovic and Djordjevic is uncertain.