Catania – AC Milan Preview: European-chasing hosts looking to cause Allegri’s men trouble in Serie A title race
In-form Catania have relatively few worries to consider ahead of their match against league leaders AC Milan.
Coach Vincenzo Montella will be without defender Alessandro Potenza and midfielder Marco Biagianti due to injury, but full-back Marco Motta is available for selection once again and could start despite Pablo Barrientos being favoured to be selected on the right of midfield.
Playmaker and set-piece specialist, Fracesco Lodi, should pull the strings in midfield behind pacy attacking duo Alejandro Gomez and Gonzalo Bergessio.
Conversely, coming off a spirited defensive performance that saw them hold Champions league holders Barcelona to a 0-0 draw, a fatigued Milan are dealing with several absences.
Midfielder Sulley Muntari and left-back Djamel Mesbah are serving suspensions. Mark van Bommel is available once again after being banned, but along with veteran defender Alessandro Nesta, is unlikely to be risked ahead of the second leg at Camp Nou on Tuesday night.
Star centre-back Thiago Silva’s continued absence due to a knock he picked up in the 2-1 win over Roma means that Gianluca Zambrotta and Daniele Bonera should once again feature in the first XI despite the recent recovery of right-back Ignazio Abate from a muscle injury.
Meanwhile, striker Maxi Lopez could take on the team he left this winter to move to San Siro, but seems more likely to start from the bench with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Stephan El Shaarawy set to feature in attack.
- Catania have only lost one of their last 10 matches, a 3-1 defeat to Juventus back on February 18 in Turin.
- The Sicilians have only lost twice at Stadio Angelo Massimino this season and currently sit an impressive seventh place in Serie A.
- Catania lost 4-0 to the Rossoneri in November at San Siro.
- AC Milan have won their last four Serie A games, with Ibrahimovic scoring seven times during that span.
- Massimiliano Allegri’s men have 10 away victories in Serie A this season, more than any other side in the division.
- A league-high total of 17 different players have scored for Milan this campaign.