09 February 2018

SPAL V AC MILAN: THE MATCH PREVIEW

The Rossoneri travel to Ferrara as they take on the Biancocelesti on Matchday 24

The previous draw against Udinese in Serie A left the Red and Blacks with a bitter aftertaste. Now the Rossoneri are ready to take on SPAL in what is to be considered a must-win match at the Paolo Mazza Stadium on Saturday at 3.00 PM.

AC MILAN’S FORM
The Red and Blacks have not lost a match since December last year (3 wins, 2 draws in Serie A) and especially against the Biancocelesti hold a positive record with only one defeat in the last 33 league matches (20 wins, 12 draws). As we are entering the business end of the season, keeping up the momentum will be very important. For this reason, players like Hakan Calhanoglu could be key. The Turkey international has fired in a shot every 23 minutes on average, the highest ratio among midfielders in the league this campaign.

OUR OPPONENTS’ FORM
SPAL have drawn four of their last five home league games – including the dramatic 1-1 tie against Inter –, scored and conceded at least a goal in each of them. When it comes to set pieces, the Biancocelesti have not done so well. Three of their last five goals conceded came from dead-ball scenarios – only Crotone (16) have done worse than the Ferrara side (14) this season –. Overall, SPAL have conceded six goals from the spot (including AC Milan's two penalties in the reverse fixture), a joint-high in the current Serie A.

TEAM NEWS
After being sidelined in the last two matches due to an abdominal colic, Ricardo Rodriguez is back in full training with the group and will be available to coach Gattuso for the SPAL game.

DANGERMEN
Although Alberto Paloschi has played eleven times against AC Milan without scoring, more than against any other side, the 28-year-old striker has netted 5 goals this season and, after Mirco Antenucci (6), is SPAL’s top scorer this season.

HOW TO GET TO THE STADIUM
The Paolo Mazza Stadium is about:
- 1 Km away from the city centre (Railway Station direction)
- 500 metres away from the Railway Station (City Centre direction)
- 5 Km from Ferrara Nord highway gates (City Centre direction)
- 9 Km away Ferrara Sud highway gates (City Centre direction)

Paolo Mazza Stadium address:
Street: Corso Piave 28
Municipality: Ferrara
Province: Ferrara
Region: Emilia-Romagna

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