ACMilanremainedinsecondplacedespitethenarrowdefeattoMalaga,buttheNeroazzurrinowneedtowinthereturnlegiftheyaretokeeptheirqualifyinghopesalive。

Malagahaveallbutsecuredtheirplaceinthenextstage,butlosBoqueroneswillattempttobringatleastonepointfromSanSiro。

Finallyamorale-boostingwin

MilanwerealwaysgoingtohaveproblemsafterstayingwithoutZlatanIbrahimovicandThiagoSilva,butnobodyexpectedthetwoplayerswouldbesohardtoreplace。

Inallfairness,evenwiththetwostarsandfewmoreseniorplayersleavinginthesummer,bossMaxAllegrihascreatedahigh-qualitysquad,butnumerousselectionproblemsandhecticschedulepreventedtheteamfromshowingallthey’vegot。

TheclubchiefsseemtohavemadetherightdecisioninoptingtostickwithMaxAllegri,astheRossonerihavebeenshowingalotofimprovementoflate。

Afterthe1-0winoverGenoawasfollowedbyacredibledrawatPalermo,Milanrecordeda5-1triumphoverChievoattheweekend,withthebigwinhelpingtheplayersrestoresomeofthelostconfidence。

WiththeRossonerinowdesperatetocontinuethegoodrunofresultsandimprovetheirchancesofreachingChampionsLeagueknockoutstage,homewinlookagoodbethere。

Kevin-PrinceBoatengandMattiaDeScigliohavebothreturnedintoaction,butMuntari,Strasser,Vila,AntoniniandMesbahremainsidelined。

DisappointingdefeattoRayoVallecano

Malagalargelyimpressedthisseason,havingrecordedsomeimpressiveresultsdespitethehugefinancialproblemstheclubarein,butitappearsthehecticscheduleaswellasthethinsquadarestartingtoweartheteamdown。

EveniflosBoqueroneshaveplayedtwogamesaweeksincetheverystartoftheseason,coachManuelPellegrinirarelyrotatedhissquad,andwhilesuchanapproachhelpedkeeptheresultsrespectable,itisexpectedtoproducenumerousproblemsastheseasonunfolds。

Itisalreadyevidentthattheteamarefarfromthedesiredformandthatthebusyschedulehastakenthewindoutoftheirsails。

HowelsecanbeexplaindisappointingdefeatathometoarguablytheweakestteaminLaLiga?

GiventhatthematchagainstMilancomesjustthreedayslater,MalagacannotbeexpectedtoshowaconsiderableimprovementatSanSiro。

NachoMonrealandJulioBaptistacontinuetomissout,butJeremyToulalanisbackincontentionfollowingaseven-weekspellonthesidelines。

Verdict

Milanhavefinallystartedplayingtotheirpotentialandwithseveralstartersrestedinthe5-1winoverChievo,theRossonerishouldbeingoodshapeagainstMalaga。

LosBoqueronesgointothisgameonthebackofthedisappointingdefeattoRayoandtheycouldstruggletomatchin-formMilan。

Toppick:Homewin?

2。

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2。

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4。

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