AC Milan will be hoping to build on their positive start to the Serie A season when they host Spezia on Sunday at 5pm.
The Rossoneri have won both of their games so far this term, beating Bologna and Crotone by a scoreline of 2-0 to extend their unbeaten run from last season to 14 games, currently better than any other team in Serie A. Not since March 2007 have Milan been unbeaten in 15 Serie A games, and standing in their way is a new top-flight opponent.
Milan and Spezia have only met once previously, in the Coppa Italia in January 2014, and the Serie A first-timers have had a decent start to their debut campaign, winning one and losing one of their opening two games. They bounced back from a heavy 4-1 defeat to Sassuolo with a big win over Udinese, and they will be looking to add another big name to their early list of scalps.
But Milan have a strong record against newly-promoted sides, being unbeaten in their last 14 Serie A games, winning nine and drawing five.
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- UK: Premier Sports 1
- US: ESPN+
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AC Milan & Spezia’s previous line-ups:
- AC Milan (vs Crotone): Donnarumma; Calabria, Kjaer, Gabbia, Hernandez; Tonali, Kessie; Saelemaekers, Calhanoglu, Diaz; Rebic*.
- Spezia (vs Udinese): Zoet; Ferrer, Terzi*, Chabot, Ramos; Deiola, Ricci, Maggiore; Verde, Galabinov, Gyasi.
AC Milan will be without the injured Ante Rebic, who dislocated his elbow in the win over Crotone, though things weren’t as bad as first feared. Captain Claudio Terzi is suspended for Spezia after his red card last time out.
Players to watch:
AC Milan: Brahim Diaz. With Zlatan Ibrahimovic absent last weekend, Rebic played as a forward, allowing Diaz to get his first start for AC Milan. And it was a start to remember. The Spaniard, on loan from Real Madrid, had only played 26 minutes in two games for Milan prior to last weekend’s game, coming off the bench against Shamrock Rovers and Bologna. But against Crotone he was Milan’s most frequent goal threat, taking five shots, two of which hit the target. And, more importantly, he was the man to double Milan’s lead in the second half, after Franck Kessie had opened the scoring from the spot. With Rebic out, no matter who leads the line, whether it’s Ibrahimovic back, Rafael Leao or Lorenzo Colombo, you can expect Diaz to be on the wing ready to help attack the Spezia goal.
Spezia: Andrej Galabinov. Spezia have scored three goals in Serie A so far this season, and Galabinov has been responsible for all of them. The 31-year-old Bulgarian striker has spent most of his career in the lower levels of Italian football, representing the likes of Novara, Livorno and, of course, Spezia. While this is Spezia’s first season in Serie A, it’s not Galabinov’s, who played 20 games for Genoa in the 2017/18 season, scorind three goals including one against Juventus. But, as you’ve probably worked out, he has already equalled his best goal tally in Italy’s top flight, in a tenth of the games. How he would love to reach his personal best against one of the biggest clubs in Italy.