Genoa 1-2 AC Milan: Three points in the bag but is it enough for Giampaolo?

AC Milan somehow managed to bring home the three points from the away clash with Genoa, coming back from behind to win by two goals to one. However, Giampaolo’s future is still hanging by a thread, and it remains to be seen what the leadership will decide to do. 

Straight off the bat, you could tell how the first half was going to pan out. Genoa applied a high line on the Rossoneri back-four, which put the defenders in trouble in every situation. Therefore, as has been the weakness for Milan for a long time, they failed to play out from the back, losing the ball to the opponents. Continue reading

Genoa vs. AC Milan: Team news, stats and prediction

Following the defeat to Fiorentina last time out, Marco Giampaolo’s position at AC Milan is hanging by a thread as a crucial clash with Genoa awaits this evening. In fact, it is rumoured to be the Italian’s last chance to save his job. 

The Rossoneri have failed to impress at the start of the season, winning just two of the first six games. Inevitably, therefore, Giampaolo has had to withstand some heavy criticism from the media and fans, which the management seemed to have picked up on now.

According to the latest reports, tonight’s clash will be the last chance for the former Sampdoria boss, as Milan simply can’t afford to lose any more points if they want to stay within reach of the top four. In other words, three points are needed against Genoa this evening.


At the back, per Gazzetta Dello Sport, one change will be made. Musacchio will serve a one-game ban following the red card against Fiorentina, thus paving the way for Duarte to make his first start with the red and black shirt. Other than that, the back four remains intact, as Hernandez once again wins the race over Rodriguez.

After the first games of the season, fans were begging Giampaolo to opt for Bennacer rather than Biglia, which materialized in the last two games. However, last time out, the Algerian had a nightmare as he caused two penalties, lacked awareness and misplaced several passes. Therefore, he will sit on the bench this evening.

In addition to him, for the first time this season, Calhanoglu will start on the bench. The Turk played a big role at the beginning of the season, but has since failed to impress the fans. As a result, Paqueta will take his spot to the left in the midfield, having recovered from the minor injury he sustained before the Torino clash.

Earlier this week, rumours suggested that Piatek could be dropped in favour of Rafael Leao. However, according to Gazzetta Dello Sport, the Polish striker will lead the line up front while the Portuguese youngster will play on the left flank. Therefore, we will have to wait for Rebic’s first start with the club.

Likely AC Milan XI (4-3-3): Donnarumma; Calabria, Duarte, Romagnoli, Hernandez; Kessiè, Biglia, Paqueta; Suso, Piatek, Leao.

Likely Genoa XI (3-5-2): Radu; Romero, Zapata, Criscito; Ghiglione, Schone, Radovanovic, Lerager, Pajac; Pinamonti, Kouamé.


Normally, Milan would be the favourite in this fixture. However, given their recent form, you simply can’t rule out another loss for Giampaolo’s men. Furthermore, the stats suggest that the Rossoneri have struggled against Genoa in the past, even though recent times have seen a great improvement in this aspect.

In fact, the Rossoneri have won four of their last five encounters with the Rossoblu, while they had lost four of their previous five games against them before the current run. Then again, Giampaolo’s men have started the season far from good, and yet another loss would go down even deeper in history.

Only once in their Serie A history have Milan lost five of their first seven games in a single season (in the 1938/39 under József Bánás). Therefore, a lot is at stake this evening, and the team will have to get the goalscoring going after bagging only two goals from open play thus far.


So far in my predictions, I have been pretty optimistic. However, being an AC Milan fans, it’s getting hard. Therefore, I don’t expect Giampaolo’s side to make any wonders this evening, though the Rossoneri will have to bounce back at some point. For the sake of it, I think it will end in a scoreless draw.

Genoa 0-0 AC Milan

AC Milan 1-3 Fiorentina: Giampaolo’s position at risk following new loss

AC Milan continue to disappoint. Against Fiorentina, the Rossoneri lacked many things, putting in a terrible performance as Montella’s men were able to grab an easy win at the San Siro. Therefore, Giampaolo’s position is in doubt, as the management is getting impatient. 

Milan started the game relatively well, keeping hold of the ball while Fiorentina decided to approach the clash with caution. However, La Viola quickly got going as the home side started to make mistakes, which cost them dearly already after 12 minutes of play. Continue reading

Torino 2-1 AC Milan: Poor mentality lets Giampaolo’s side down

AC Milan lost their second game in a row, somehow managing to go from being one goal up to one goal behind in just a matter of a few minutes. In other words, Giampaolo’s side continues to disappoint, and the manager has a lot to think about ahead of Sunday’s clash with Fiorentina. 

Despite this, the Rossoneri started the game well, playing the ball around nicely. This paid off very early on, as Rafael Leao was brought down in the penalty box after a nice cross. The referee didn’t hesitate and pointed to the penalty spot straight away. Piatek stepped up and safely converted it, scoring his second goal of the season.  Continue reading

AC Milan 0-2 Inter: Rossoneri outplayed as Giampaolo continues to disappoint

The long-awaited derby didn’t go exactly as planned for AC Milan, as the Rossoneri were outplayed by their city rivals for most of the game. Furthermore, the team lacked the spirit to turn the game around, while Giampaolo continues to disappoint with his team selection. 

The clash started as you would expect, with both sides having a go at each other to probe the ground. However, that phase quickly faded as the Nerazzurri took control of the game, which was the sight for a majority of the first half. In terms of chances, the away side dominated, while Milan continued to struggle. Continue reading

AC Milan vs. Inter: Team news, stats and prediction

The long-awaited derby between AC Milan and Inter will take place this evening, with kick-off scheduled for 20:45 Italy time. For both sides, it will be a very important game as always, though this one seems to carry a bit more importance as both teams are heading into a new era. 

For the Rossoneri, it’s up to Marco Giampaolo to send a signal to the fans, as his side unconvincingly beat Brescia and Hellas Verona by the odd goal. Therefore, this evening, the fans will be hoping for a clear game plan as facing Antonio Conte’s side will be no walk in the park. Continue reading

Hellas Verona 0-1 AC Milan: Rossoneri continue to struggle under Giampaolo

It certainly wasn’t pretty, but AC Milan got away with the three points once again, beating Hellas Verona way from home by the odd goal. However, despite being one man up for most of the game, the Rossoneri really struggled to get their game plan across. 

Both sides got off to a bright start, striving to advance every time they got on the ball. However, this also resulted in some sloppy and hasty play, with the game not really settling down. Donnarumma was called into action quite early on, making two strong saves. Continue reading

Giampaolo ready to field new-look AC Milan eleven against Verona

As the international break is currently ongoing, Marco Giampaolo has had some time to work with an alternative squad at the Milanello, consisting of the players that didn’t receive the call for their respective national team. As a result of this, we could see some fundamental changes against Hellas Verona. 

The hectic transfer market is now over and the Rossoneri will be able to focus fully on the season. However, it is also time for the manager to prove his worth with the players at his disposal, as the management are unable to help him anymore. According to the latest rumours, we could see some changes to the lineup. Continue reading

AC Milan 1-0 Brescia: Rossoneri get the job done despite flat performance

AC Milan clinched their first three points of the season, beating Brescia by one goal to nil in front of the home crowd at San Siro. However, the victory was far from convincing, although one can hope that they are on the right track. 

Giampaolo’s men took the lead early through Calhanoglu, who after 12 minutes of play headed it in at the back post. Suso was responsible for the assist as he made his way past the opponent before sending in a beautiful cross with his right foot. Continue reading

AC Milan vs. Brescia: Team news, stats and prediction

Following the disappointing defeat in the first round, losing by the odd goal away at Udinese, AC Milan will be looking to get back on the right track this evening. At San Siro, the Rossoneri will host the newly-promoted side Brescia. 

The season certainly didn’t get off to the start that Giampaolo’s men would have hoped for, not only result-wise but also based on the performance. Against Udinese, the Rossoneri failed to register a single shot on target, which really speaks for itself. The home side deservedly clinched the three points and Milan were forced back to the drawing board.  Continue reading