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Torino vs. AC Milan: Grab the bull by the horns

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Milan will need three points against a tough opponent to keep the pace

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Torino last 5 matches (D-W-D-L-L)
Milan Last 5 Matches (W-D-W-D-L)



Milan goes into the Turin on Saturday in need of a result in order to stay on the race for European spots.
If there is something that milan fans have experienced this season, it's the unnerving inconsistency that plagues this squad that seems unable to win the points against low table teams.

Coming into this match, Torino sit in the 14th spot with 18 points after a 0-0 draw with Chievo. Torino has the worst attack in Serie A at the moment, having only scored 12 goals, and the 6th best defense have only conceded 18 times. Their top scorer is Fabio Quagliarela with 4 strikes.

Milan, coming fresh from a defeat to Sassuolo needs to go back to winning form, requiring those 3 points to stay in the race for the CL spot.  
In defense we might see a rotation on the full-backs, with Pablo Armero probably taking up left back, and Adil Rami returning to center-back duty. While in midfield, we welcome back Nigel de Jong after his suspension. The choice is between Andrea Poli or Sulley Muntari in the left Midfield spot. The attack trident will be Jeremy Menez, Giacomo Bonaventura and Stephan el Shaarawy, as Alessio Cerci is still not fit for 90 minutes of football.

Absentees: Honda (Asian Cup), Bonera, Van Ginkel

Last time Milan visited the olimpico, they barely walked out with a 2-2 draw when Torino that still had the combo of Alessio Cerci and Ciro Immobile.
One thing to keep in mind is that Torino has picked up 13 of their 18 points while playing in front of their own crowd, and the 3-5-2 played by Giampiero Ventura is bound to give milan trouble as they have struggled against organized defenses.

Prediction: A.C. Milan 2-1 Torino

Probable lineups:
AC Milan: Diego Lopez; Abate, Rami, Alex, Armero; Montolivo, De Jong, Muntari; Bonaventura, Menez, El Shaarawy.
TorinoPadelli; Maksimovic, Glik, Gaston Silva; Peres, Vives, Gazzi, Farnerud, Darmian; Quagliarella, Martinez.