AC Milan vs Torino. Prediction and Preview. Probable Lineups, Team News, Stats and more
AC Milan will host Torino FC in the Serie A 22nd-tour match at San Siro Stadium. The fixture will take place on February 11, beginning at 01:15 IST.
As Serie A continues to astound us this season, this upcoming clash is shaping up to be an intriguing one. San Siro is set to host two opponents of absolutely different levels, this is what the total squad market value says at least — 52,038,765 lakhs vs 14,045,623 lakhs. However, while they were once not considered each other’s equal, they now sit shoulder-to-shoulder in the standings, and things can change rapidly as underdogs from Turin look eager to assert themselves by reducing the distance to the 2022/23 season champions to a minimum.
And while the competition heats up, one team is struggling to keep pace – AC Milan. The once-mighty Rossoneri are in the midst of a crisis, plagued by a winless streak and a defense in disarray. Their attacking avanguard have failed to deliver, leaving them in dire straits.
And with Torino flying high, winning points regularly and coming out on top in their last two encounters against Milan, the question remains – will Stefano Pioli be able to rally his lads and end this seven-match drought? Or will Ivan Jurić and his boys rub salt in Milan’s wounds by securing a third consecutive victory over the struggling Rossoneri? Get ready for a blockbuster showdown.
Parimatch News will tell you everything you need to know ahead of the upcoming match.
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AC Milan News & Current Form:
The reigning Italian champions have tremendous problems. Milan started the year with a dramatic victory over US Salernitana 1919, and then the nightmare began. Two draws, three defeats and a Cup elimination (by the way, from Torino). Add the injuries of several leaders and the downfall of top scorer Rafael Leão.
Milan have practically lost their chance to defend the championship. The gap from first place is already too big and SSC Napoli are not going to retreat in their current form. However, the trophy is not a priority for Stefano Pioli’s team, because the main thing is to gain a foothold in the UEFA Champions League zone, which is also not the easiest task so far.
After the FIFA World Cup the Rossoneri have completely lost their former form. Of course, their results could not be called perfect before, but everything is measured by comparison. After a narrow win against Salernitana (2-1) no one else could be beaten. Milan have been losing points in the last seven meetings.
During this period, the hosts have only twice managed to secure a draw – against AS Roma (2-2) and US Lecce (2-2). And it’s not even so much the losses as the obvious game regression. The defense has forgotten about reliability – three goals conceded from Inter in the Supercoppa Italiana (0:3), four from SS Lazio (0:4) and even five from US Sassuolo (2:5). In total, the team has already conceded 30 goals in the current season in Serie A, only seven clubs have more.
The attack is also suffering, as the last game against Sassuolo was the only time since mid-January when the Red and Blacks managed to score themselves. Olivier Giroud and Divock Origi were notable, and on top of that, there are no fewer injuries. Therefore, Milan is not in the best mood for the upcoming match.
The cherry on the cake is the second defeat in the Milan derby in recent weeks – last Sunday Milan lost again in a crucial match against Inter (0-1).
The final score against the Nerazzurri should not be misleading – Milan were disastrously bad from the start until the final whistle. The Red and Blacks did not create a single dangerous moment at the other side’s goal, not forgetting to regularly fail in defense. Objectively, Inter could smash the opponent.
Now let’s talk about the poor form of forward Rafael Leão. Before the pause at the World Cup the Portuguese was the engine of the team attack, but after the Mundial he was firmly seated on the bench. Perhaps the situation is influenced by Leão’s contract history. Rafael is in no hurry to extend his partnership with Milan and has already started to hint actively at his desire to play in the English Premier League. In England there is a whole queue lined up for him – Arsenal FC, Manchester City FC and, of course, Chelsea FC who buy everybody.
Milan’s injury list has not changed for a couple of weeks. Mike Maignan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ismael Bennacer, Alessandro Florenzi and Ficayo Tomori will not be available.
Torino News & Current Form:
Torino, on the other hand, has a completely different situation. The visitors could hardly claim a place in the top seven not long ago, but now they are close to the champion in the standings. They’re trailing by eight points and there’s no margin for error, but with a little bit of luck, they could do better.
The Bulls only lost 3 times in their last 14 games in all competitions, to Bologna FC 1909 (1-2) and Spezia Calcio (0-1) as well as to ACF Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia Frecciarossa (1-2). At the same time, at the same time, the Turin side beat Milan twice: first in the league and then in the Cup tournament. It should be noted that Torino have zero goal difference in the current Serie A season – 22:22.
It should be noted that every time Alexei Miranchuk caused a lot of problems to the Rossoneri defense. The midfielder shares first place in the list of the team’s scorers and second place in terms of assists – he has a productive lineup of 4 goals + 3 assists. Alexey is the best in the squad in terms of ball movement.
Torino will be traveling to Milan not only on the emotional lift of good results, but also with the clear goal to fight for points. The visitors’ offense isn’t very creative, but their execution has been fine for a long time. Ivan Juric’s team has scored at least one goal in almost every game since mid-October – the exception was the meeting with Spezia.
Torino cannot be classified as the top, but at this rate it will soon catch up with Milan and compete for a place in the European competitions. The Bulls are a stable mid-range side, with good defense and a weak attack. The visitors are scoring little, but steadily, and it is not so easy to penetrate them, as Milan has already seen on its own experience.
Torino will not play injured David Zima and Valentino Lazaro.
AC Milan form guide: L-D-L-L-L-L
Torino form guide: W-L-W-D-L-W
AC Milan vs Torino Head-To-Head Record:
- May 12, 2021: Torino 0 – 7 AC Milan (Serie A);
- October 26, 2021: AC Milan 1 – 0 Torino (Serie A);
- April 10, 2022: Torino 0 – 0 AC Milan (Serie A);
- October 30, 2022: Torino 2 – 1 AC Milan (Serie A);
- January 11, 2023: AC Milan 0 – 1 Torino (Italian Cup).
AC Milan vs Torino Predicted XI:
AC Milan possible starting lineup (3-5-2): Tatarusanu; Kalulu, Kjaer, Thiaw; Calabria, Pobega, Tonali, Krunic, Hernandez; Leao, Giroud.
Torino possible starting lineup (3-4-3): Milinkovic-Savic; Schuurs, Buongiorno, Rodriguez; Aina, Linetty, Vieira, Vojvoda; Miranchuk, Vlasic; Sanabria.
Statistical preview of the match AC Milan vs Torino:
- Torino are unbeaten in 5 of their last 7 matches away in Serie A.
- Torino are scoring an average of 1.00 goals per game in the last 5 games.
- Torino conceded on average 1.00 goals per game in their last 5 games.
- Torino have scored and conceded in 6 of the last 7 Serie A away games.
- Milan have scored and conceded in each of their last 5 Serie A home games.
- Milan are unbeaten in 15 of the last 16 games against this opponent at home.
- Milan have not won in each of their last 7 games.
- Milan conceded on average 3.00 goals per game in their last 5 games.
- Milan have scored over 1.5 goals in 10 of the last 11 Serie A home games.
- Milan have conceded in each of their last 9 games.
- Milan are scoring an average of 0.80 goals per game in their last 5 games.
What has been said before the match:
Stefano Pioli expects a dirty match:
“With them they are always troublesome matches because they put the opponent’s possession in trouble by pressing all over the field, and it will be like that this time too. We have to move well and be brave with the ball, trying to do something different compared to the last two games. They will try to get the ball by any means necessary from the start, we have tried some situations that we hope will give us an advantage. It will be a dirty match, with many duels which we will have to be determined to win”.
“With the attitude and commitment of my players, aspects that always make me think positively about the performance and the approach to the game. It is a moment that is part of football and our jobs, it is more difficult than others but you have to believe in your players and in what you are doing. We are aware that we can do more, the ambition was to win the title again, but from tomorrow another season starts to enter the top four, with enthusiasm and spirit. There are 17 games left and the season can still be positive”.comments Milan’s head coach believing the situation will change for the better
Ivan Jurić comments on the state of affairs before the encounter:
“We recovered, had good training and worked on the details to see where to put Milan in difficulty.”
“I’m sorry I don’t face Milan in top condition. These teams are more dangerous when they’re in difficulty. Milan are an example of football being strange, they were 2-0 up against Roma and then conceded two goals from set-pieces, from there that’s the negative results. You just need to let go a little and everything changes. I’m afraid of everything about Milan, they have two or three star players and the others are of the highest level.”
“Pioli will go with a three-man defense, it will be similar to the cup. There will be a different rhythm compared to Udinese, Milan run a lot and press with the right covers. When you face a three-man defense it becomes so much one-on-one, I expect a challenge of dynamism and with little time to lose.”says Torino coach.
AC Milan vs Torino Prediction:
As the clouds of uncertainty loom over San Siro, AC Milan finds themselves in dire need of a spark to ignite their faltering campaign. The Rossoneri have been grappling with an inability to breach their opponent’s defenses in recent times, with the situation in front their own goal is a particularly glaring issue (conceding at the level of the league’s outsiders).
Making matters even more complicated is the absence of first-choice goalkeeper Mike Maignan, who is currently recovering from the injury. His absence has forced Tatarusanu between the sticks, but the Romanian shot-stopper has struggled to live up to the task, boasting the worst save percentage in Serie A this term.
And there is no easy way to change the current state of affairs, with a strong team from Turin coming to the San Siro. The Bulls have made a habit of causing headaches for the top teams in the league and, with Milan’s vulnerabilities on full display, they will be eager to take advantage – Vlasic and Co. are capable of scoring at least once in Milan.
As for the outcome, we believe that the home side have enough class to at least secure a draw, and at most finally take all three points. However, the Rossoneri shouldn’t expect any kind of thrashing, there’s a reason why the Granatas appear to have the 5th best defense in Italy.
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Parimatch News staff prediction:
We say: AC Milan will not lose with both teams to score and the match total to be less than 3.5 – Yes.