Milan vs Pescara by Enzo
Milan failed to build up on their previous performances when the team won over Juventus at home, suffering quite heavy 3:0 defeat away to Genoa last Wednesday evening. It must be said that the players didn't look that bad, but were playing with a man less for close to fourty minutes, which heavily influenced the result.
Hosts from Genoa took the lead in 11th minute via Ninkovic, while players of Milan tried to respond and looked overall better, but once they stood playing with a man less in 55th minute when defender Paletta got red carded, their task for even more difficult. They tried to respond and attack, but without proper cover at the back and got punished twice more - via an own goal in 80th and Pavoletti in 86th minute. Milan is now at fourth position, with just a point less than third placed Napoli and needs a victory here badly in order to stay in the battle for Champions League ticket at least.
Defender Andrea Bertolacci (1/0) remains injured, as well as midfielders Matias Fernandez (didn't play this season at all) and Riccardo Montolivo (7/0). Defender Davide Calabria (4/0) is doubtful and might be involved if needed. Defender Paletta (9/1) is suspended now.
Pescara, on the other side, continued with their poor performances, as the team comes from yet another defeat, this time in front of own fans against Atalanta 0:1. Visitors from Bergamo were slightly better for the whole game and there was very little what Pescara did on the field to impress.
Only goal was scored in 60th minute via Caldara, with the players of Pescara being limited to respond even while losing, doing close to nothing in attack. It was second consecutive defeat for Pescara, while the team stands out as one of the weakest this season and can only be thankful that the game away to Sassuolo was registered in their favor, otherwise I don't know if they would get the victory at all in the first half of Serie A.
Guests have defender Davide Vitturini (1/0) and striker Valerio Verre (7/0) doubtful for this one. Injured are central defender Norbert Gyomber (4/0) and forward Jean-Christophe Bahebeck (3/1).
After a bit akward game away to Genoa few days ago, it's time for players of Milan to step up and respond with better performance here. They couldn't wish for a better opponent than Pescara and I have no doubts that the hosts will be able to get the convincing victory here.