Match Today: AC Milan vs Hellas Verona 16-10-2022 Serie A
Serie A champions AC Milan are back at home with a potentially difficult trip away to Hellas Verona, who are threatened by relegation at Stadio Marc Antonio Bentegodi.
A disappointing 2-0 defeat at the hands of Chelsea left Milan struggling to qualify for the Champions League last 16 for the second consecutive season, however, domestically, the Italian champions remain a dominant force, winning four of their last 5.
Although they are currently fifth in the Serie A standings, Milan are only three points behind Napoli, who currently top the league in the top six very competitive teams at the moment. Milan would have finished first again had they not been crushed by Napoli at the San Siro.
Stefano Pioli's side will be looking to recover from their European disappointment by returning to winning ways here. While Verona's recent results have been dismal, they are rarely an easy opponent, so it looks like there is an exciting match on paper in northern Italy on Sunday.
AC Milan vs Hellas Verona
Verona has lost its last four consecutive league games, won only one of its last nine, and finds itself languishing in the relegation zone with just 5 points after nine games.
Indeed, Gabriel Chiuve's disastrous tenure as Verona coach is over, and the club has wasted no time in handing coach Salvatore Bochetti, 35, his first role as head coach. Undisguised Verona are in Serie A and could hardly have chosen a more challenging way to start their tenure, welcoming Serie A champions AC Milan into Serie A. Marcantonio Bentegodi Stadium.
The challenging treatment examines how the two sides might line up at night and what tactics they might use.
Pioli will make Milan his favorite 4-3-3 and does not expect to make any changes to the team that lost to Chelsea in the middle of the week in Sunday's trip to face Hellas Verona. Ciprien Tatarosano will be among the sticks for the visitors to cover the injured Mike Minn. Leading the attack of Milan is Olivier Giroud, the club's top scorer with five goals this season. The attacking midfield trio of Rade Krunic, Ibrahim Diaz and Rafael Liao will work behind the Frenchman and will be key to creating meaningful chances.
Hellas Verona vs AC Milan
AC Milan has not lost in the last 16 games it played away from home in the Italian League. Verona has lost its last 4 Serie A matches during the rebound.
Milan have won five of their last seven Serie A matches against Hellas Verona including all of their last three away matches.
AC Milan are the only team unbeaten away from home in the Serie A since the start of the year The Rossoneri are one of three always-present teams that remain undefeated on the road in Europe's top five leagues during this calendar year along with Barcelona and Manchester City. Leao and Giroud They are top scorers for Milan in the Italian league this season, with four goals each.
The 23-year-old Portugal international failed to live up to the hype in the two Champions League matches against his rhetoric, Chelsea, and left a void in both. He also failed to score in Milan's last league match against Juventus and has only scored once in the last seven games.
So, expect him to be a bit chomping to end his goal-scoring slump in this match. Given the dire state of Verona and the current instability at the club, with a junior manager in charge of the relegation battle, it seems counterintuitive to support Milan to win Sunday's game and achieve Three consecutive victories in the league. Verona has conceded exactly 2 goals in each of its last 4 league defeats.