Milan still looking for form in 2023
Fresh off another derby defeat, AC Milan are sliding down the Serie A standings, finding themselves down in sixth and just above Friday night's opponents Torino when they welcome the seventh place side to the San Siro. I Rossoneri have only won once in 2023 - the very first game (against Salernitana). The pressure is increasing on Stefano Pioli to get his team back up and running, but confidence in the squad is low. Read our preview here:
The hosts have five first team members on the treatment table, and those absences are having a big effect on both results and performances, especially in defence. Veteran 'keeper Ciprian Tătăruşanu has not covered himself in glory whilst standing in for Mike Maignan, and in a similar vein, Fikayo Tomori's name not being on the teamsheet has destabilised the unit in front of him. Malick Thiaw is poised to come in as the left-sided centre back of a three. The 21 year old was a summer signing from Schalke and has had to bide his time to feature more prominently. The head coach though has little option but to try some things to get some victories, though even the likes of Rafael Leão up top have gone off the boil.
Miran so far away
Meanwhile, Ivan Jurić's team have been bobbing along without really threatening to break into the European places, with a lack of consistency in stringing wins together hampering any surge up the table. They know though that the home side are still licking their wounds, which might represent an opportunity to close the gap between them to five points. At present, they have scored and conceded 22, which means more must be done to support lone frontman Antonio Sanabria. I Granata have half a dozen players out themselves, but can still call upon dynamic attacking midfielder Aleksey Miranchuk to conjure something from long range.
The lack of goal threat for Torino could prove costly in their quest to move up Serie A. A draw at odds of 3.50 with betway seems about the right price.