Milan vs Torino by Enzo
AC Milan had a decent performance last Monday evening when the team took a bit surprisingly a point in their 1:1 draw away to Napoli. After this result and their eight consecutive game without defeat, we can say that team is on a correct way and surely can get the European ticket in the end, in case they continue performing like this.
Still, players of Napoli were better in that game, taking a better start and getting the leading goal scored in 39th minute via Insigne, while Bonaventura replied only few minutes later, before the halftime whistle. Napoli remained with more of the ball possession, but weren't that fluid with the ball to their feet, while the visiting defensive lineup stood really well at the back. Milan now remains sixth at the table, with four points less than Inter and surely in a must win situation in order to continue the race for Euro positions. Goalkeeper Diego Lopez (8/0) remains long term absentee, same as central defenders Rodrigo Ely (3/0) and Philippe Mexes (3/1). Suspended for this game is central midfielder Ricardo Montolivo (23/0). Hosts should be playing in 4-4-2 formation with Niang and Bacca as strikers. Midfielder Juraj Kucka is fit again and should be covering Montolivo's absence. Defender Alession Romagnoli will be back in the starting lineup after missing the previous game against Napoli.
Torino, on the other side, started the season well, but as the time progresses they look like a mediocre side and can't fully convert their potential. Twelve rounds till the end of the season, they stand at eleventh position without much hopes that they can get the European exit (being currently sixteen points away from it), while neither relegation battle is too realistic for them, having nine points more than Frosinone (first relegating side) and with many other clubs between the two teams.
This situation leaves them possibility to slowly looking into the next season and try to find their best eleven for the next Serie A edition. In the most recent game, they took a point in a goalless draw at home against Carpi, showing rather mediocre performance, but even so, they were more concrete and probably did deserve all three points missing some decent chances including a penalty kick near the end of the game via Lopez. Visitors will probably be playing in 4-4-2 formation also, with Immobile and Belotti as their strikers. Defensive left midfielder Danilo Avelar (6/0) is injured and will miss the rest of the season. Out due injuries are also Cesare Bovo (central defender, 15/2) and central midfielder Alessandro Gazzi (10/0). Central midfielder Marco Benassi (23/3) is suspended.
Milan currently has second best undefeated streak (after Juventus) and it's obvious that the team is on a right path after too many ups and downs earlier in the season. Torino isn't bad at all, however with two important absentees in midfield, I don't see them being specially competitive in this one. Hosts should prevail easier than the odds suggest.