AC Milan vs. Torino 2/17/20 Italian Serie A Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction
2/17/20 2:45 pm
Over 2.5 (-125), Under 2.5 (+100)
AC Milan is welcoming Torino to San Siro in a Monday night clash in round 24 of Italian Serie A.
Despite not winning any of their last 3 games, Milan has been playing a lot better soccer than at the beginning of the season. Earlier this week Milan was playing in Coppa Italia against Juventus at home where they were actually the better team but unfortunately couldn’t win the match. The game ended in a 1-1 draw and finalist will be decided in the second leg of the Coppa Italia semifinals. Milan is in 8th place in Serie A standings with only 32 points, but as I said earlier, Milan is playing solid soccer and is improving which means Milan could climb the standings soon. In their last Serie A match against Inter, Milan had 57% of ball possession, 2 shots on goal, 6 corner kicks, and 85% of the correct passes. The first half was absolutely fantastic for Milan where they scored 2 goals and had the 0-2 lead at the half-time. In the second half, Milan wasn’t even close to the team from the first half and they conceded 4 goals and lost the game 4-2. This loss was an absolute punch to the gut for Milan because they had probably the best 45 minutes yet this season. Theo Hernandez is still Milan’s top goalscorer with 5 goals, but Rebic who has 4 goals has been playing his best soccer of the season and should take over for Hernandez soon. Duarte and Biglia are injured, while Conti is suspended due to the yellow cards. I used to love Milan, but that was when they had players like Pirlo, Shevchenko, Kaka, Seedorf, Maldini, and Nesta, and it’s hard to imagine that the team who had all these legends now has Castillejo, Krunic, Kessie, and Musacchio. Oh, how mighty have fallen.
Torino is not playing well on either end and is on a 5-game losing streak. Torino has conceded massive 21 goals during this losing stretch while scoring only 4 goals. Torino is in 13th place in the Serie A standings which is quite surprising considering they haven’t won a single point in their last 4 Serie A games. In their last Serie A match against Sampdoria at home, Torino had 55% of ball possession, 2 shots on goal, 2 corner kicks, and 84% of accurate passes. This was a rough match with a lot of fouls and yellow cards on both sides, and a red card for Torino, and in the end, Torino have lost this match 1-3. You could say that 27 scored goals are decent for the team like Torino, but 42 scored goals are certainly too much. Andrea Belotti is Torino’s leading goal scorer with 9 goals, while Berenguer has 5 goals. Izzo is the only injured player for Torino which is fantastic news for coach Longo. Torino is safe outside the relegation zone at the moment, but if they don’t start winning some points soon, Torino will be in danger of being relegated. Serie A is the only competition that Torino is playing this season which means players will have time to rest, but for that rest to have meaning, Torino must start playing better soccer on both ends. Torino is a solid team, and if they were playing just a little bit better, Torino would be the team for the top 10, but with a bad form like this, I don’t see Torino getting any higher.
When playing at home, Milan has not lost to Torino in their last 18 games. Milan might not be the better team, but one player can make all the difference, and for Milan, that player is Ibrahimovic. I know that he is not young anymore, but there is some magic left in Zlatan’s feet.