Livorno suffered a third consecutive defeat last round away at Chievo (lost 3-0). Some may say Livorno were unlucky as after conceding the first goal they rushed upfront and left many open spaces in the defense. It was somewhat strange to see Livorno trying to be so offensive, especially away from home. Usually on home ground they are more daring and switch to a 3-4-3 system, while away from home it’s more of a 3-5-2.
Livorno’s building phase is slow and a lot of time is wasted on unnecessary passes from midfielder to midfielder. When they finally become more courageous there’s always the danger of being caught on the wrong foot on counters. They have a defense in 3 and most the times it’s difficult for them to deal with quick counters.
Opponents Milan found a good rhythm recently despite the popular belief that their time has passed.
All players are in top form and happily take part in both the defensive and offensive phase (except striker Balotelli of course). Playing relations seem to be at high levels and there’s no trace of egoism in the squad, as lots of key passes are made in every single game.
Milan will play Ajax in Champions league next week, but they need only a draw for qualifying, so the lineup will suffer no rotation. In fact this season they never changed regulars before Champions League games. Provided that tiredness doesn’t accumulate this may actually be a good thing as it assures continuity.
Both teams will be able to use the same lineups as last round as there are no new injuries.
Form and quality are definitely on Milan’s side. 4/6 at PaddyPower for Milan to win may not be that much, but it’s great material for accumulators.
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