It’s hardly been an ideal start to the season for AC Milan. Though they have faced some tough sides, their jittery performances against Napoli and Udinese have raised some concerns, as have their many injury problems, with Alexandre Pato now out for four weeks following his injury against the Zebras.
Saturday, however, will see Massimiliano Allegri’s side welcome rock-bottom Cesena, whose manager, Marco Giampaolo, is already facing the brown envelope after three defeats.
As much as Milan are likely to triumph at the Giuseppe Meazza on Saturday, a lot will depend on which side opens the scoring. Were the Rossoneri to do so (at 3/10), the match will likely see them not conceding at all. Last season, Milan only allowed two sides to net at the San Siro after they themselves had already taken the lead. Hence, odds for a 1-0 or 2-0 victory are more than tempting, at 11/2 and 5/1 respectively.
Because of injuries (Robinho, Massimo Ambrosini and Kevin-Prince Boateng are only three names of a very long list) Milan are unlikely to score many goals, as last season they only netted four times in four games after losing early on to (guess who) Cesena.
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s return will no doubt boost the hosts’ front line, and with11 out of 14 of his 2010-11 Serie A goals coming in the second half, 3/2 on Milan scoring once in that period seems like a safe bet.
Were the visitors to take the lead, however, the game will probably pan out in a different way. Milan never managed to come from behind and win last season, and have already conceded first against Lazio and Udinese.
With a creaky defence (six goals conceded), 31/20 is an interesting punt on the visitors netting once, with 16/5 saying they’ll open the scoring. After all, Adrian Mutu is back on form, having opened his account against Lazio in the week, and he could just do the trick against the Rossoneri, a side he scored three times against whilst playing for Fiorentina .
Despite this, Cesena have already conceded six this season and don’t look like they will be able to hold Milan off altogether, making 1-1 and 2-1 full-time scores look inviting, both at 15/2.
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