Sunday, March 09, 2008
CARLO KEEPING JOSE'S SEAT WARM ....
ITALY SERIE A EMPOLI - AC MILAN
Milan have to bounce back today, they travel to Roma next and need the three points to put some pressure on Fiorentina and Juve, in the race for 4th spot. They seem happier on the road, where they are 7-3-3 and have only conceded 10 goals, a total only "beaten" by Inter. They will be without Gattuso in midfield, but like most of his team mates, he was MIA in the defeat Arsenal in midweek and might not be too big a loss at present .
Hosts are struggling ,have lost their last two without scoring and will be without two key players in Davide Moro and Lino Marzoratti, who are both suspended. They did win the reverse fixture at the San Siro, but that game came immediately after "Dida gate" at Celtic Park, when the goalkeeper's mad moment, was all the press were interested in and the team were definitely affected. Milan had, as you might expect, the best of that game, 57% possession and 19 attempts at goal, 7 on target.
They will be very motivated today, with no outside distractions, only for Ancelotti, who knows that his place will be taken by Jose Mourinho next season, who is probably at Italian class as I type. Milan have never lost here and they normally bounce straight back from a big loss, away win.
6.5 points Milan -1/2 ball 1.85 asian line.