Milan vs Palermo by Enzo
Milan is having below decent start of the season and with two defeats in first three rounds, there is no doubt that the players and coach Sinisa Mihajlovic are already feeling under pressure. At least, both defeats came away from home, so the team will try to show more positive performance once again in front of own fans and get a victory over Palermo that have started more than well in the new season.
Once again it was obvious that the lines of the team aren't working fluently, as Milan suffered 1:0 defeat in city derby against Inter, with a goal conceded in 58th minute via Guarin. Neither of the teams impressed actually during the match, but the players of Inter looked a bit more concrete, while the visiting side held the ball, but without being any efficient. Their inability to do something more was visible when the team went 0:1 down, but failed to respond in attacking way. Despite the defeat in the derby game, coach Mihajlovic is determined to field up the same team that played against Inter. Forward Keisuke Honda however might not start here as he didn't shine in the previous weekend and might be replaced by Mario Balotelli who surely pushes for a start and bit of a formation change as well. Offensive Jeremy Menez, M'Baye Niang and Andrea Bertolacci (2/0) and defender Luca Antonelli (2/0) are injured for this one. Hosts will however most likely play in 4-3-1-2 formation.
Palermo, on the other side, could be more than satisfied with their early start in Serie A, as the team only took a safe mid table position last season, but have now started with two victories and a draw. They pulled out two narrow victories at the start, at home against Genoa and away against Udinese and could have made a perfect start actually, but had a setback at home last weekend when the team welcomed newly promoted Carpi and only took a point in a 2:2 draw out of that game.
Everything looked like they'll be able to obtain all three points before the match and the team dominated the game itself and maybe deserved all three points, however obviously still have some defensive gaps to fix. They took the lead in sixth minute already via Hiljemark, but conceded equalizer in 23rd with an own goal, just to surprisingly see themselves losing at 63rd minute when Borriello scored the second. Till the end of the match they were the ones who created more chances and had domination, but only were able to get the equalizer in 88th minute via talented Djurdjevic. No doubt that they are coming into this game much more relaxed in comparison to their opponents and that the team wants to continue positive streak, undefeated run at least. Luca Rigioni is now available after missing the previous game, while injured remain midfielder Francesco Bolzoni and right full back Michel Morganella, both without a minute of playing this season.
Despite poor start, Milan is showing some signs of improvement and remains a favorite here, however Palermo has a great start in the season and comes into this match with less pressure than their opponents. Hosts will have initiative during the match, but I expect Palermo to be more than competitive here and have more attacking apperance than the odds suggest. Both teams to score is my choice.