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Oct 4, 2020 at 5pm UK at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza
AC MilanAC Milan
3-0
Spezia CalcioSpezia Calcio
Leao (57', 78'), Hernandez (76')
Calhanoglu (47')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Ricci (32'), Gyasi (40')

Preview: AC Milan vs. Spezia Calcio - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Serie A clash between AC Milan and Spezia Calcio, including predictions and team news.

AC Milan have enjoyed an excellent start to the season, winning both of their opening two Serie A games and advancing through Europa League qualifying.

They take on newly-promoted Spezia Calcio at San Siro and will expect to keep that momentum going with another victory.


Match preview

AC Milan's Gianluigi Donnarumma pictured in July 2020© Reuters

Milan have been comfortable winners in their first two Serie A outings of the season, beating both Bologna and newly-promoted Crotone by 2-0 scorelines.

They've done so whilst juggling Europa League qualifying duties after finishing sixth last season and beat Bodo/Glimt 3-2 before a dramatic penalty shootout victory over Rio Ave to get them into the group stages.

Milan have finished sixth in three of the last four seasons - finishing fifth the other year - and have not been able to break back into the Champions League spots since the 2012-13 season, despite their best efforts.

The last seven seasons have been disappointing for a club of Milan's stature, but their strong start this year may give the Rossoneri hope that this campaign will be the beginning of their revival.

And they will feel confident of maintaining that strong start as they take on a second newly-promoted side in as many league games in the form of Spezia.

Spezia were soundly beaten 4-1 by Sassuolo in their opening game, but bounced back to claim a 2-0 victory over Udinese despite being reduced to 10 men at 1-0.

However, they face their toughest challenge yet, going up against an in-form Milan side at San Siro - a daunting prospect.

They will hope that Milan's Europa League exertions have taken their toll and will allow them to spring a surprise.

AC Milan Serie A form: WW
AC Milan form (all competitions): WWWWW

Spezia Calcio Serie A form: LW


Team News

AC Milan manager Stefano Pioli pictured in February 2020© Reuters

Milan manager Stefano Pioli has several injuries to contend with in his squad as he prepares for the visit of Spezia.

Ante Rebic, Andrea Conti and Mateo Musacchio are all out and are set to return later this month.

Meanwhile, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Leo Duarte and Alessio Romagnoli are all doubts and Pioli must wait to see if they are fit enough to feature.

Spezia boss Vincenzo Italiano has similar selection problems to deal with ahead of Sunday's trip to Milan.

Federico Mattiello is out with a calf problem, while Elio Capradossi is sidelined until next year with a knee injury.

Ardian Ismajli, Jeroen Zoet and Giuseppe Mastinu are all doubts, while Claudio Terzi is suspended.

AC Milan possible starting lineup:
Donnarumma; Calabria, Kjaer, Gabbia, Hernandez; Kessie, Bennacer; Castillejo, Calhanoglu, Saelemaekers; Maldini

Spezia Calcio possible starting lineup:
Rafael; Ferrer, Erlic, Chabot, Ramos; Deiola, Ricci, Maggiore; Verde, Galabinov, Gyasi


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We say: AC Milan 2-0 Spezia Calcio

AC Milan have cruised to victory in each of their first two games and should have no trouble brushing newly-promoted Spezia aside at home.


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