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Zapata will likely be targeted early to get a read on how well he can link with Romagnoli next to him. It will be up to him to prove that Filippo Inzaghi was wrong to lose faith in him last year. Saponara celebrates his opener against Chievo. Gabriele Maltinti/Getty ImagesOn the other end, Milan will be visited by a ghost of the past. It's still not all that clear how Riccardo Saponara's time with Milan ended the way it did. Signed with some fanfare in the January 2013 transfer window, the attacking midfielder was a mainstay in Italy's U21 squad and had boundless potential. Upon arriving at the club that summer after finishing out the year with Empoli, he was handed the No. 8 shirt immediately.
The only center back on the team who has a regular spot on his national team at the moment, Zapata is capable of some very good play. He also has a propensity to make really baffling mistakes, which is why some Milan fans won't be relishing his return to the lineup. That said, Zapata is probably the better choice here. What killed Milan in Florence on Sunday was through balls, and while Alex is as solid as they come when the ball is in front of him, the 33-year-old lacks pace and will have a tough time getting back to intervene if Empoli manage to slip a ball past him.
The eight-match winless streak was finally interrupted last weekend with a narrow home win against Lecce 1-0. The only goal was scored by Francesco Caputo in the second half. Gil Azzurri are one of the weakest sides in the league when it comes to away days with a record of W2, D6, and L6. Empoli Team NewsCentre-back Lorenzo Tonelli is serving a red-card suspension. Verdict AC Milan v Empoli While having a high win rate at home (70%) in Serie A, AC Milan concedes an average of 1. 30 goals per contest at San Siro. Empoli scored in their recent away days against Inter Milan, Fiorentina, and Atalanta. AC Milan Win & BTTS Result/Both Teams To Score @3. 20 - 1 Unit Deposit $500 Get $1000 with promo code NEWBONUS Claim the maximum new Stake bonus offer now when you join with promo code NEWBONUS. Deposit $500.
AC Milan vs Empoli PredictionsHead to HeadAC Milan FormAC Milan Team NewsEmpoli FormEmpoli Team NewsAC Milan have won 11 of their last 15 home matches (Serie A)AC Milan have won 5 of their last 7 matches against EmpoliAC Milan have seen BTTS in 10 of their last 12 matches against EmpoliEmpoli are winless in 9 of their last 10 away matches (Serie A)Empoli have seen BTTS in 5 of their last 7 away matches (Serie A)Head to HeadAC Milan have a 15-3 advantage against Empoli with 7 draws in 25 matches. AC Milan won the most recent head to head encounter 3-1 in October 2022. AC Milan FormAC Milan had a brilliant performance last weekend and demolished the Serie A table leaders Napoli at Diego Armando Maradona Stadium (4-0).
Why Milan didn't do more with one of the best young Italian talents in the league is baffling. Saponara and Bryan Cristante have become symbols of Milan's reluctance to trust its young players and its insistence on trying to rely on quick fixes in the transfer market rather than building on youth. Saponara didn't play in February's 1-1 draw between these two clubs at the San Siro. It's pretty certain that he's going to be looking to show his old team just what they missed out on come Saturday night. Key MatchupDe Jong will try to keep Saponara at bay.
That victory ended Rossoneri’s four games winless run. Stefano Pioli’s side maintained 3rd place after the abovementioned victory, having 51 points after 28 matches. 5th placed AS Roma is just one point away though, so the battle for the Top 4 is far from over. Rafael Leao has been the most productive player on the roster with 10 goals and 6 assists in Serie A so far. AC Milan eliminated Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Champions League playoffs and will face Napoli in the quarter-finals next week. AC Milan Team NewsJunior Messias (muscle injury), Pierre Kalulu (calf injury), and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (muscular problems) are going to miss this match. Empoli FormEmpoli have won just one of their last nine Serie A matches, but they created a huge surplus of points in late 2022 so the relegation line is still far away.
He then promptly sat on his rear end and did nothing for the next year-and-a-half. Saponara only played five times in 2013-14, starting twice. Last year, he only played one game in the first half of the season (and turned in one of the best shifts Milan had seen in the midfield that year). When the winter window came around, he was loaned back to his boyhood club in a deal that inexplicably contained a buyout clause. All he did was rack up seven goals and three assists in 17 starts. Empoli exercised the buyout immediately.
It was clear that some of the mainstays of Sarri's team last year—guys like Daniele Rugani, Mirko Valdifiori and Elseid Hysaj—are sorely missed, as is the tactician himself. Without them, many are tipping the club for a trip back down to Serie B this season. Heading to Milan and making a statement could go a long way to making a statement that they won't be going out without a fight. Form LinesLast 5 Matches, most recent firstMlian*EmpoliL 2-0 @ FiorentinaL 3-1 vs ChievoW 2-0 vs.
Perugia*L 1-0 vs Vicenza*L 2-0 vs Tottenham**L 1-0 @ Genoa**L 3-0 vs Bayern Munich**W 2-0 @ Pisa**L 2-1 @ Lyon**W 1-0 @ Pistoiese**WhoScored. comGeneral Notes:*Coppa Italia game**Preseason game Milan Notes*Trofeo TIM matches against Inter and Sassuolo not counted due to altered rules of competition. Projected LineupsMilan (4-3-1-2)Empoli (4-3-1-2)LopezSkorupskiAbate Romagnoli Zapata AntonelliZambelli Tonelli Martinelli RuiBertolacci De Jong PoliZielinski Diousse CroceHondaSaponaraBacca AdrianoMaccarone PucciarelliPlayers to WatchGiuseppe Bellini/Getty ImagesWith Ely suspended and Philippe Mexes injured, the choice to partner Romagnoli in the lineup on Saturday comes down to two men: Cristian Zapata and Alex. When Ely was sent off last week, Sinisa Mihajlovic went with the former to bolster his back line.
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