AC Milan and Torino will open Matchday No 22 in Italian Serie A on Friday evening at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. As odd as it sounds, the two outfits sit right next to each other in the sixth and seventh position of the league table respectively. AC Milan will be desperate to arrest the huge slump in form and return to winning ways after seven consecutive winless ties across competitions. The latest failure occurred five days ago when I Rossoneri suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of bitter city rivals Inter Milan in the Derby della Madonnina.
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Torino will enter this outing in much higher spirits. They climbed to the seventh place in the Serie A standings by clinching seven out of nine possible points in the previous three rounds. Two separate 1-0 wins over Fiorentina and Udinese had a lot to do with the rise in form for Ivan Juric and his troops. It will be very interesting to see whether they will be able to prolong this fine spell of form and claim a big scalp on the road against the defending champions. We’ll now dig deeper into our top betting picks and predictions for this game.
AC Milan vs Torino Betting Tips
AC Milan took just two points in the previous five league rounds. They have not only given up the battle for the title, but Stefano Pioli’s men are now even below the top-four positions, meaning the UEFA Champions League football now comes into question for the next season. The fourth-placed Lazio are only one point away and I Rossoneri can immediately break back to where they belong but they sure do need a big rise in form sooner rather than later.
The match against Torino will represent anything but a one-way street for Milan. Il Toro boast one of the best defensive records in the entire league with only 22 goals conceded in 21 outings. They are disciplined at the back and we rarely witness goal fests in their matches. All but one of the last eight outings they played finished with fewer than three goals scored.
AC Milan are not pulling up any trees these days
Stefano Pioli has huge problems with the lack of meticulousness in his team’s back line these days. AC Milan shipped two or more goals in four of the previous five matches in all competitions. They haven’t kept a clean sheet since the World Cup break. To make things worse, I Rossoneri did not offer anything offensively in the 1-0 loss to Inter Milan on Sunday. They registered no more than four shots (none of which went on target) in the 90 minutes of action in Derby della Madonnina. We thus have plenty of reasons to back Torino to Win or Draw double chance at the 19/20 odds.
I Rossoneri did not score in three of the last four games across competitions
Torino kept two clean sheets in the previous three league games. AC Milan failed to find the back of the net in three of the last four outings across competitions. We all know the gameplay for Ivan Juric whose Il Toro will park the bus and wait for their chances from counterattacks on Friday. This exact strategy has helped Torino exactly a month ago when they stunned AC Milan 0-1 at this same stadium in the last 16 round of Coppa Italia. We will take the generous 10/3 odds offered for Torino to keep a clean sheet on Friday.
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