December 9, 2012
Torino v AC Milan: Preview
Team Stat Comparison
|Goals for *||1.2||1.8|
|Goals against *||1.4||1.3|
|Last 5 home||D-D-L-L-L||D-W-W-D-W|
|Last 5 away||D-L-L-D-L||W-W-L-D-W|
|* Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club|
|Stats: Torino | AC Milan|
|12/22||H: Chievo Verona||12/22||A: Internazionale|
|1/6||A: Parma||1/6||H: Atalanta|
|1/12||H: Fiorentina||1/12||A: Sassuolo|
|1/19||A: Sassuolo||1/19||H: Hellas Verona|
|1/26||H: Atalanta||1/26||A: Cagliari|
Third place is the revised target for AC Milan's unusual season and head coach Massimiliano Allegri is taking each game as it comes in order to get there.
The Rossoneri find themselves in seventh place and through to the last 16 of the Champions League despite enduring an abysmal start to their Serie A season, in which they lost six of their first 12 games and struggled to get out of the bottom half of the table.
Ten points now separate Allegri's men from third place - a position currently occupied by fierce rivals Inter Milan - but Allegri is not getting ahead of himself.
He told acmilan.com: "At the moment, the objective is Torino, third place is still far away. We'll be thinking of each game as it comes, in the Italian cup as well.
"We have to start not conceding goals. Twenty goals in 21 games is too much, we have to do better in certain situations.''
Allegri's maths is a little awry, as Milan have in fact conceded 25 goals in their last 21 games, with defender Francesco Acerbi eager to make amends.
He said: "We have to be aware of our strengths, we're getting out of a bad period and now we'll think of Torino, after their derby loss, it won't be just another game.
"When up against Milan, all teams give something extra. They're at home as well so it'll be a tough match. We'll be ready for it though as we always are.''
Torino's 3-0 defeat to city rivals Juventus was afforded a little extra spice as Granata defender Kamil Glik saw red for a studs-up challenge on Emanuele Giaccherini.
Head coach Giampiero Ventura said: "Our game ended after Glik's red card, as we simply weren't able to play with 10 men.
"Glik's tackle was certainly determined, but if he gets the ball then it is not a red card. I don't want to get into the decision itself. We accept it and move on.''
Glik will serve a one-match ban but Torino have an otherwise fit and suspension-free squad, with Milan arriving a little light on numbers.
Kevin-Prince Boateng completes a suspension while fellow midfielder Riccardo Montolivo struggles to overcome a hamstring problem, but defender Ignazio Abate returns to contention following injury.