AC Milan face potential banana skin in trip to struggling Cremonese

By Oliver Fisher -

Fresh off their well-deserved stoppage-time victory over the resilient Spezia team, AC Milan will visit the Giovanni Zini Stadium to face Cremonese in the Series A round 14 this Tuesday.

The home side (Cremonese) are the only Serie A team that hasn’t recorded a league win this season and will go into the midweek game desperate to end this record.

Talking points

The winless Cremonese will have another huge task before the league breaks from the World Cup as they face AC Milan on home turf. Cremonese are still in the relegation zone, while the champions AC Milan are sat in second.

That makes this Serie A game an interesting matchup, and punters can review the best sports betting sites ranked and listed at the site, for solid odds.

While it’s still too early in the league, Cremonese are among the favorites to go down by the end of the season as they’re currently sitting 18th in Serie A rankings. That’s only a point above the rock-bottom Hellas Verona.

Cremonese’s underwhelming start to their Serie A campaign is owing to their struggles on the defense, where they have the league’s second-worst record after conceding 24 goals. Massimiliano Alvini’s team has put a fine shift in his attack, but their defensive weaknesses were highlighted again when they recorded a 2-2 draw playing Salernitana on Saturday at the Stadio Arechi.

Lassana Coulibaly and Krzysztof Piatek recorded each side of David Okereke’s equalizer in the 12th minute, handing the home team a first-half lead before Daniel Ciofani rebounded a missed penalty during the 89th minute to force the teams to share the spoils. So far, Cremonese has recorded six draws and lost seven matchups in their 18 league matches, giving a total them 6 points, only a single point above last-place, Verona.

Elsewhere, AC Milan has remained close to the Serie A leaders Napoli after claiming a narrow 2-1 victory over Spezia at San Siro. Coming from a 4-0 win over Salzburg on 2nd November in the Champions League, goals from Theo Hernandez and Olivier Giroud gave the hosts their hard-earned victory.

Before that, AC Milan faced a 2-1 defeat against Torino on 30th October, which ended their victory run with four consecutive league wins. Stefano Pioli’s men closed their decade-long Serie A cup drought last season and have picked 29 points from 13 matches to stand second in the league, sitting six points behind the top-ranking team, Napoli.

Match predictions

AC Milan will be taking to the field without their star French striker Olivier Giroud, who got a second booking following his match-winner goal against Spezia. That means Divock Origi will be leading the attack once again. However, Pioli won’t be able to call the Italian duo of Alessandro Florenz and Davide Calabria.

Heading into this mid-week match, AC Milan is the solid favorite to take away three points against the floundering Cremonese, who haven’t recorded a win this season. While you can expect the home team to put up a strong fight, Pioli’s men have the firepower needed to come out victorious.

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