07 January 2022, 16:29 | 28 August 2021, 13:29
The Serie A fixture, Venezia F.C. vs. AC Milan, kicks off at 12:30 (GMT+1) on Sunday, January 9, at the Stadio Pier Luigi Penzo.
Preview Venezia Serie A, Jan 9, 2022
Preview Venezia had their game suspended after Salernitana failed to make an appearance having been barred from playing by the local health authorities (ASL). According to Sky Sport Italia, the ASL issued the lockdown order on everyone in the matchday squad and those suspected to have been in contact with the squad. Technically speaking, the fixture was not called off by the Lega Serie A, and the Winged Lions could be awarded a 3-0 win after Salernitana failed to show up for Thursday’s game. However, an appeal from Salernitana could see the fixture officially postponed and rescheduled for a later date. Venezia remains without a victory in five Serie A games: LLDDL, and are in 16th place with 17 points from 4W, 5D, and 10L. A 4—2—3—1 formation with Francesco Forte in attack is expected from Paolo Zanetti for this fixture against AC Milan. On availability, Tanner Tessmann and Mattia Caldara are both suspended for this weekend’s fixture against the Rossoneri.
Preview Milan Serie A, Jan 9, 2022
Preview AC Milan picked up a comfortable 3-1 win over nine men AS Roma and moved within a point of league leaders Inter Milan, who failed to play on Thursday due to an outbreak of COVID-19 in Bologna's squad. Tammy Abraham’s outstretched arm inside the box saw Milan awarded a penalty in the opening minutes. With Kessie unavailable for penalty taking duties, Giroud (7' P.) stepped up and converted. Minutes later, Junior Messias (17') had a clear shot on goal after Olivier Giroud’s rebound off the woodwork, following a gift from a Roma shirt. Roma’s Tammy Abraham (41') cut Milan’s lead down to one. But the second-half substitute, Rafael Leão (82'), who was returning following a lengthy spell on the sidelines, made it 3-1. Zlatan failed to convert from the spot after Rafael Leão was brought down in the box as Roma finished with Rick Karsdorp and Gianluca Mancini seeing red. AC Milan is in 2nd place with 45 points from 14W, 3D, and 3L. The club has a form that reads: WDLWW ahead of this fixture against Venezia. Injury and COVID-ravaged, Milan’s Stefano Pioli showed his tactical brilliance in the game against Roma, despite playing with two inexperienced center-backs. Krunic played deep, pairing up with Tonali in the midfield to cover up for Kessie’s absence following his departure for the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. Olivier Giroud started ahead of Zlatan, playing in front of an attacking trio with Diaz right behind him. After the outstanding performance against Roma, no changes in shape (4—2—3—1) or attacking personnel are expected when Milan returns on Sunday against Venezia.