Catania vs AC Milan Preview (Week 14): Robinho And Abate Out, Shaarway And Pazzini In

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Updated: November 28, 2013
AC Milan

AC Milan will face Catania without key players, Robinho and Abate. Nevertheless, the return of Shaarway and Pazzini ensures that they will be back in the Serie A’s elite soon.

 

Match Date: 01 December 2013 (local time)

Venue: Angelo Massimino

 

Team Form

Catania

Catania faces a bigger challenged than the thrashing received from Torino as they will soon face the aggressive Rosonerris.

 

Catania’s form fails to live up to expectations. The club has only won twice this season, the second of which took place a week before the last. Similar to AC Milan, Catania can only manage a single victory during their last 6 matches. However, the Rossoneri’s camp has a roster of pitch armies, which can easily help them get out of the lower mid table.

 

If there is any possibility for Catania to snatch a win against AC Milan, this is their strong home performance where they have recorded 10 victories out of their last 11 home matches. They can also capitalize on the fact that Robinho and Ignazio Abate are sidelined in the encounter. Yet, with the return of Stephan El Shaarawy and Giampaolo Pazzini, Catania requires a major overhaul to make the Rossoneris wave the white flag.

 

AC Milan

AC Milan’s struggle in the domestic league might last longer than expected. Key players, Robinho and Ignazio Abate incurred an injury, which might keep them sidelined during the Catania match.
Despite thrashing Celtic, the Rossoneri had to deal with another headache. Robinho is suffering from a dislocated shoulder while Abate sprained his ankle. The former is expected to miss the pitch for 4 weeks while Abate’s recovery period is yet to be confirmed.
Robinho is one of AC Milan’s creative playmaker, who can easily set-up attacking options for his teammates. Other than that, his clinical finish ensures that the club avoids a clean sheet. On the other hand, Ignazio Abate guarantees that the ball remains on AC Milan’s camp.
The Rosonneris have been experiencing difficulty in asserting their dominance this season. A series of losses and frustrated stalemates left the club contented in the 13th spot—something that is very unusual to an outfit, which has become a familiar face in the Champions League and a dominant force in Serie A. AC Milan have not been very successful in their last 6 matches. The club has only won a single match. Three (3) of them ended in an even steven finish while the other 2 forced them to wave the white flag. Losing Robinho and Abate at this point of time may prevent the club from improving their rank.

 

Nevertheless, a spark of hope emerges in the Rosonneri camp as news of Stephan El Shaarawy and Giampaolo Pazzini are ready to face Catania. The appearances of both players have readily hindered them from entering the pitch and helping their club in their international competitions. Both Shaarawy and Pazzini are renowned strikers of the squad. Their return should provide more attacking options for Massimiliano Allegri and would draw a perfect combination when combined with Kaka and another striker, Mario Balotelli.

 

Football betting tip: Catania 1-3 AC Milan 

 

 

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