Serie A – Match-day 13 Sees AC Milan take on Spezia Calcio

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The Stadio Giuseppe Meazza sees Saturday action as Milan take on Spezia – 8:45pm GMT.

Right now, Milan sit in third place in the League, 13 places higher than the sixteenth placed hosts, Spezia.

It’s 26 points so far for AC Milan this season, going into this game

Milan will be full of confidence, going into this fixture on that back of two successive wins against Torino and AC Monza. They will need this if they are to retain their run.

Also, Milan keep finding ways to win, having secured eight victories in their last 12 matches is astonishing this season, which is responsible for their Champion’s League qualification position. Their position is third in the League and they have 26 points, that is, 8W, 2L and 2D having won eight fixtures, drawn two meetings, and lost two games.

Given Spezia’s form at this time, it will be a significant challenge for them to overturn Milan’s home record. They have won five fixtures and lost one game so far this season. The prospects of a positive result for Spezia are concerning for the visitors.

A victory for AC Milan would put them on 29 points.

Good Attacking Performance

They have a good scoring rate of 25 goals (23 from open play and two penalties). This has been largely down to the key attacking players: Rafael Leao (5), Olivier Giroud (4), and Brahim Diaz (4). Milan have conceded 13 goals.

It is likely that five key players will miss Saturday’s fixture, which is something of a concern for Stefano Pioli and his Milan team.

Spezia Calcio go into this fixture with nine points secured

Spezia will have doubtless licked their wounds, following their recent defeat to Fiorentina at Stadio Alberto Picco. Luca Gotti’s men will hope that is enough to deliver a positive result in this match.

Also, league success is all about winning football matches, any way you can, so seven losses in 11 fixtures would not make this a successful season for Spezia. With a sixteenth position in the league and 2 wins, 7 losses and 3 draws, they currently have nine points in the League having won two fixtures, drawn three games, and lost seven fixtures.

Spezia have had a disappointing run of performances on the road, having lost six games of their six League matches playing away this season.

Spezia Calcio will have 12 points if they manage to secure a victory.

Spezia may have to resort to second choice players, given the number of first choice players that are now unavailable through injury, illness or suspension.

AC Milan v Spezia Calcio – Head-to-Heads.

Regarding their historical duels Milan and Spezia have faced each other five times in the past, with the balance of wins sitting in Milan’s favour (3 – 2). Further, home advantage has clearly been a huge positive factor for Milan in this fixture, as they have not lost to Spezia on the last two fixtures. The last time they played each other in this competition was January 2022 and the score line ended up with a 1-2 away win for Spezia Calcio.

Players to watch

For Milan, Rafael Leao is a top performing player who has scoredfive goals and provided one assist in 12 League matches so far, while M’bala Nzola is one of the top performing players after having scoredfive goals in 12 League fixtures this campaign for Spezia.

Other standout players for Milan are Olivier Giroud and Brahim Diaz with four goals and four goals respectively and for Spezia are Simone Bastoni and Emil Holm with two goals and one goal respectively.