Milan vs Genoa by Enzo
Milan made a slight setback last weekend when they only took a point at home against Udinese as they were hold to a 1:1 draw. There was no doubt that they looked better on the field, but the visitors took the lead in seventeenth minute via Armero, while the hosts only managed to equalize the result in 48th minute thanks to a goal from Niang.
Players of Milan tried later on with a lot of ball possession and half chances, but without being completely concrete in attack. After this point, they continue being at sixth position, now with five points less than fifth placed Inter, but with only seven points less than third placed Roma, something that keeps them dreaming about getting the right European ticket and having actually a positive season after all. Milan should continue in 4-4-2 formation, this time with Bacca and Balotelli as their strikers. M'Baye Niang and Giacomo Bonaventura are both doubtful for this game, which means that Mario Balotelli and Kevin-Prince Boateng should be involved in the starting lineup. Offensive midfielder Juraj Kucka (20/1) is also sidelined with injury, as well as long term absentees goalkeeper Diego Lopez (8/0) and central defender Rodrigo Ely (3/0).
Genoa, on the other side, continued their winless streak, since the team now comes from fourth game without three pointer, taking a point in a goalless game against Lazio in front of own fans last weekend. It was quite an equal and defensive game from both sides, as they both tried to preserve their net at first, but it still should be said that the visitors from Rome had a bit more concrete chances and if the result was about to change, it would probably be in Lazio's favor.
As said, they didn't win in previous four matches, but the team counts only one defeat in these four, still holding the sixteenth position having three points more than Frosinone, but also a game in hand. With such a small differnce, there is no doubt that the team is now jeopardized in relegation battle and that they'll have to take every single game very seriously. Away from home, however, they have been unimpressive so far with only one victory in twelve matches, collecting only seven points, two more than worst travelers from Frosinone. Genoa will be playing in their usual 3-4-3 formation with Suso, Cerci and Matavz as forwards. They will miss injured striker Leonardo Pavoletti (17/10) and defensive Cristian Ansaldi (15/0), while midfielder Tomas Rincon (22/2) is suspended.
Milan wasted a good chance to get closer to the Champions League fourth positive with their setback away from home, but the team is generally doing well and shouldn't disappoint now in front of own fans. Genoa, on the other side, is far away from a good period and it will be only more difficult for them on the road against surely much more quality side. Hosts to prevail easier than the odds suggest is my call here.