Preview: AC Milan vs Venezia – prediction, team news, lineups
AC Milan will look to maintain their undefeated start to the new Serie A campaign when they host newly-promoted Venezia on Wednesday night. AC Milan vs Venezia stream, AC Milan vs Venezia live stream, AC Milan vs Venezia h2h, AC Milan vs Venezia where to watch, AC Milan vs Venezia prediction.
The two teams will meet for the first time since February 2002, when the Rossoneri achieved a 4-1 win away from home.
AC Milan vs Venezia Match preview
AC Milan are just one of four Serie A teams to remain undefeated so far this season, after pulling off a 1-1 draw against Italian giants Juventus last weekend.
Álvaro Morata’s chip in the fourth minute was nullified in the 76th minute when Ante Rebic headed in from a Sandro Tonali corner kick, and both sides were finally forced to share the spoils.
After scoring maximum points against Sampdoria, Cagliari, and Lazio in their first three games, Stefano Pioli’s men were unable to maintain their 100% record against Juve, but Sunday’s result means they are keeping up with their rivals. from the city and current champion, Inter Milan, at the top of the standings. desk.
The Rossoneri head into Wednesday’s game with a good record against Venice, having lost just one of their last 12 top-flight matches against them. They also have an impressive record against newly-promoted teams, after winning 13 and drawing five of their last 19 games against them, keeping 11 clean sheets in the process.
AC Milan, who are eager to challenge once again for their first Scudetto since 2010-11, would go to 13 points in their first five league games if they won at the San Siro, the same tally they had accumulated at this stage last season. . and one that they have achieved only three times before this century.
Venezia were unable to follow up their first win of the campaign against Empoli with another three points as they fell short at home to Spezia, losing 2-1 last weekend.
Pietro Ceccaroni’s header in the 59th minute annulled Simone Bastoni’s first half, however, the hosts suffered a dramatic blow in the 94th minute when an impressive 25-yard shot from Mehdi Bourabia snatched all three points to death for the visitors. .
Paolo Zanetti’s men have now conceded beyond the 89th minute in each of their last three league games, something the 38-year-old will be eager for his team to cut quickly.
Venezia, competing in its first season in the top flight in 19 years, now sits just one place above the relegation zone and seven points behind Wednesday’s opponent AC Milan in second place.
Arancioneroverdi last beat Milan in March 2000, winning 1-0 at home, but they are ready to face a challenging match in the middle of the week and repeating their success of more than 20 years ago could prove a difficult task.
AC Milan center-back Simon Kjaer was the latest name added to his long injured list, after limping off with a hamstring problem midway through the first half against Juventus.
The Danish international joins Olivier Giroud (back), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Achilles), Rade Krunic (muscle), Junior Messias (fitness), Tiemoue Bakayoko (leg), and Davide Calabria (muscle) on the treatment table.
Former Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori is ready to switch from the right side of the defense to central in the absence of Kjaer, which could also see Alessandro Florenzi as a starter at right-back.
Aside from forced changes, Pioli is not expected to make too many changes to his starting lineup, so players like Rebic, Alexis Saelemaekers, and Brahim Diaz are ready to keep their spots on the flank.
As for Venice, Luca Fiordilino (shoulder) Lauri Ala-Myllymaki (knee) and Luca Lezzerini (muscle) are all out of Wednesday’s game with injuries.
Chelsea loan officer Ethan Ampadu could be in line to debut with the club after completing a quarantine period, and it will be intriguing to see whether the versatile Welshman is used as a midfielder or defender on Zanetti’s side.
Forwards Thomas Henry and David Okereke are expected to start once again, with winger Dennis Johnsen set to join them in a three-man attack.
AC Milan possible starting lineup:
Maignan; Florenzi, Tomori, Romagnoli, Hernandez; Tonali, Kessie; Saelemaekers, Diaz, Leao; Rebic
Venezia possible starting lineup:
Maenpaa; Mazzocchi, Caldara, Ampadu, Schnegg; Heymans, Vacca, Busio; Okereke, Henry, Johnsen