AC Milan did win the match against Hellas Verona, but since we tipped them to win both halves, we lost the bet we placed with odds from William Hill. Clarence Seedorf inherited a squad that can win but wasn’t winning so he needs to learn to rotate it on the go because the matches will only get tougher and we’re sure the 11th place is not where the newly appointed manager wants to end Serie A.
Seedorf made only two changes in the squad, he put in the starting eleven Montolivo and Honda and as a result benched Nocerino and Cristante. Hellas Verona was without Luca Toni and Cirigliano due to flue epidemics, but Cacia did a decent job on his own.
AC Milan had the upper hand in both ball possession percentages with 63%, with the shots on target, they had seven, and the passing game was baiting Hellas Verona players to commit mistakes. The visitors had little to no chances to score, and the ones they had flew without any threat over Abbiati’s goal line.
From the Milan side Mario Balotelli had the most chances to open the score, especially in the first half, when his free kick ended up in Rafael’s chest. Robinho was unusually bleak, but had his own chance that managed to fool Hellas Verona’s goalkeeper, but the ball bounced off the post.
And when there were only 10 more minutes to go a moment of imprudence from a Verona defender awarded AC Milan a penalty for an action on Kaka, and then Mario Balotelli made no further mistakes and brought home those three points so vital for his team.
Result: bet lost with odds from William Hill