AC Milan face newly promoted Venezia at the San Siro tonight for the first time since 2002. Milan still remain understaffed in the attacking division as Olivier Giroud and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are both excluded from the squad. Stefano Pioli will likely rotate the squad for the game as Milan look to win again following their 1-1 draw at the weekend.
Milan 2 - 1 Venezia
Milan 3 - 0 Venezia
Venezia 1 - 0 Milan
Milan 1 - 1 Venezia
Venezia 1 - 4 Milan
Form Guide (all competitions)
Milan: W, W, W, L, D
Venezia: W, L, L, W, L
Players to Watch
The Portugal U21 international has started the season well scoring 2 goals in the league both at the San Siro. He could make it a third tonight and join an elite group. He should have some extra space to stretch his legs and attack that right back position. If he can do better with the crossing than the previous tie, he could play in Florenzi and Rebic. A good chance for him to build up some confidence ahead of Atletico Madrid next week.
The French forward joined from OH Leuven in the Belgian League and has been the focal point for the side in the opening couple of match days. He has 4 goals already this season in 7 games but 3 of those came in Belgium. For Venezia, he was key in securing their first win in Serie A as he scored and provided an assist in their win over Empoli. Milan need to be wary of the striker in the box as he can stretch far at the back post and challenge in the air. He can also hold up the play which can play in the speedy Johson on the wing.
The midfielder has not hit the ground running since his injury and seems to be behind Tonali in the pecking order for the starting line up. This is a good opportunity to get some minutes in his legs and to be able to pass freely and spark the attacks. Milan are privileged to have so many possible starting midfield pairs. Bennacer will need to keep Vacca and Busio occupied as well allowing Tonali to drive forward.
Prediction: Milan 3 - 0 Venezia