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    Serie A Serie A : Hellas Verona - Milan

    MATCH PREVIEW
    Serie A Week 7 - 19 Oct 2014 (14.00 UK)
    Verona - Milan
    Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi
    Milan
    Verona

    Verona take on Milan at the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi with both sides looking to build on victories achieved just before the international break.

    Verona have been one of the surprise packages of the season so far, and sit comfortably in sixth place ahead of this weekend’s game, level on points with Milan. The summer loss of key players Juan Iturbe and Romulo – together with Jorginho’s move to Napoli in January – suggested that Andrea Mandorlini’s men may suffer from second-season syndrome after last year’s successful return to Serie A, but they have made a fantastic start to this campaign.

    “Eleven points are many”, Mandorlini said after Verona’s 1-0 defeat of Cagliari last time out. “Now we will try to continue like this”.

    Veteran Luca Toni remains a key figure in the Gialloblu squad, and will likely play an important role on Sunday afternoon. The 37-year-old striker’s ability to hold the ball up allows his team to move up the pitch, while his aerial ability from crosses and set pieces will worry a Milan side who have the joint fifth-worst defensive record in Serie A.

    Milan’s start to the season has been somewhat mixed, early wins over Lazio and Parma tempered by a run of three games without a win that saw Pippo Inzaghi’s team drop points at newly-promoted Empoli and Cesena.

    Mandorlini will surely have studied those latter games and may try to replicate the underdogs’ approach this weekend. Milan have excelled when given space in behind opposition defences, but have often looked uncertain when forced to take the initiative and prise open tight, compact backlines.

    Indeed, Verona will surely look to sit deep before hitting Milan on the counter. Chievo would have snatched a draw against the Rossoneri in their previous encounter had they been able to take advantage of openings on the break, and Milan’s transitions from attack to defence remain a notable weakness.

    Nevertheless, only Juventus have scored as many times in the League, and Inzaghi’s side have looked frightening when going forward on occasions this term. With Diego Lopez back in goal, they also have a top-class ‘keeper to call upon.

    Verona and Milan have each lost just once this season and both will be hoping to extend that record on Sunday.

    Keep an eye on: Keisuke Honda (Milan) – After a disappointing few months last season, Honda has started this campaign well, registering four goals in Milan’s six games. The Japanese international provides much-needed creativity in a team that can struggle to unlock deep defences.

    Form Guide: Verona (W W D L W) Milan (W L D D W)

    Last season: Verona 2-1 Milan

    Stat fact: Luca Toni and Giacomo Bonaventura are the only Italians to score for Verona and Milan respectively in 2014-15.

    Verona (probable): Rafael; Martic, Marquez, Moras, Agostini; Ionita, Tachtsidis, Campanharo; Nico Lopez, Toni, Gomez.

    Suspended: None

    Milan (probable): Diego Lopez; Abate, Alex, Rami, De Sciglio; Poli, Essien, Muntari; Honda, Torres, El Shaarawy.

    Suspended: De Jong

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    we will suffer a lot without De Jong..

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    Roma wiped out Chievo, Juve held by Sassuolo. for us, two important games vs hellas and viola next week. these games will show if we are worth some shit.important tests.

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    none has posted...

    1-3 win vs Hellas, somehow lucky, great honda, and good work by the defense

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    inzaghi shot himself in his foot again. 85 mins clean sheet, bonera comes in verona score one, and come close to score second. an experienced coach would introduce sapponara or niang for honda and not the king of all errors master bonera.

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    When Bonera came in I was sure we would not keep the clean sheet. And we conceded within 2 minutes (though Bonera was not involved in that goal). And Verona could have scored another one just minute after. Apart from that nervous 5 final minutes we were fine and controlled the result.
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    I just don't wanna see Muntari and Essien in the middle of the park together ever again... In the best case neither of them. I can't recall seeing such slow, lazy, sloppy midfield duo. Poor Poli must have felt like he's there alone. They failed to cover for DeSciglio when pushing forward, they failed to push back or track back, they were giving out possession, slowing down build up (always passing back to Rami), their positioning was awful so as passing and ball control... The Verona's goal? Muntari sliding away like an asshole when he should have hold on that player...and Essien just standing and watching when he was supposed to cover the space in front of defense... then he made like two steps just enough to block Abbiati's view... Torres hardly get a decent ball thanks to these two fucks and SES and Honda struggled as they had to drop deep all the time... Hopefully when Montolivo's back... we won't be seeing any of these two fucks... Alex saved their stupid asses on a few occasions.... No comment on Bonera... thou Saponara is injured and we really have no fully fit midfielder... does that have a Cristante echo?
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    to be honest, without de jong i was expecting verona to tear us apart with essien and muntari on the pitch. however, it was a positive display by essien, muntari again gave balls easily away, behaved like an amateur when verona scored. yet, what counts are the three pints, which were important to keep the the race for spot 3 up.

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