Date: Saturday. March 7th, 2015
Time: 2:45 pm ET / 20:45 CET
Venue: Stadio "Giuseppe Meazza"; Milan, Italy
Last year Hellas Verona made one of their best season ever and they were a very tough team to deal with but now they're a struggling team (15th overall) with only 28 points (3 more than their rivals Chievo) and they're not playing at their best. Last time AC Milan met Hellas Verona was the perfect demonstration that they're not the same exciting team they were last year and it finished pretty well for us.
Even if they're still struggling, AC Milan is a totally different team compared with the one that played in Verona in October: new faces and "old faces" with injury problems.
This time it will be a match between two average offenses because of AC Milan 35 goals scored (9th overall) and Verona 29 (13th overall) and we'll probably see Rossoneri sending on the field a 4-3-1-2 with Cerci and Destro as forwards and Menez behind them so, again, a new attacking formation that's one of the main reasons of our average offense. Now, talking about the defense, we see that AC Milan 30 goals conceded are the description of an average defense - even if we've seen terrible things during the season - and Hellas 44 (!!) goals conceded rank them as 4th worst in the league so it's quite sure we won't see a lot of good defense on Saturday game. That's statistically exciting, isn't it?
Talking about "good" statistically informations: in the previous 49 matches played against Hellas Verona, AC Milan won 24 times, tied 17 and lost 8, scoring 77 goals and allowing only 48 goals.
Projected starting XI
AC Milan (4-3-1-2): Diego Lopez; Bonera, Paletta, Bocchetti, Antonelli; Poli, Essien, Bonaventura; Menez; Cerci, Destro
Hellas Verona (4-3-3): Benussi; E. Pisano, Marquez, Moras, Agostini; Sala, Tachtsidis, Hallfredsson; Juanito, Toni, Jankovic