AC Milan vs Parma: Preview and TV Schedule

Marco Luzzani

Parma haven't lost in more than four months -- is it really Milan that will halt their unbeaten run?

At the beginning of the season, few would've imagined that Parma would be the favorites going into Sunday's match at the San Siro. But with Milan in tenth, eight points back of the ducali, the hosts aren't odds-on to win. Particularly since no one can remember the last time Parma actually lost a match.

Clarence Seedorf keeps insisting on using a 4-2-3-1 system, but it hasn't brought success to the team so far, and it doesn't seem to suit the players Milan have. Yet the Dutch coach keeps constantly rotating the three players sitting behind Mario Balotelli, in hopes he will stumble on the perfect combination; so far, it has not happened. Against Parma, it's expected that Andrea Poli will play more offensively than usual, sitting behind Balotelli with Ricardo Kaka and Keisuke Honda on the flanks. Captain Riccardo Montolivo and Sulley Muntari will be the two holding midfielders.

Roberto Donadoni will have to do without one of his star players, Gabriel Paletta, whose excellent defense has contributed to Parma's extended unbeaten run -- and earned him his debut for Italy. Felipe will step in in his absence, while Afriyie Acquah replaces the injured Walter Gargano.

With five clean sheets in their last six games (only Fiorentina have managed to break through) it's almost certain Milan's attack will stumble against Parma. But they're likely to be worried about their frail defense as well, coming up against the talent of Antonio Cassano and the quickness of Jonathan Biabiany.

AC Milan injuries and suspensions:

Stephan El Shaarawy, Bryan Cristante, Andrea Petagna (injuried), Mattia De Sciglio (suspended)

Parma injuries and suspensions:

Walter Gargano (injuredy), Gabriel Paletta (suspended)

Projected line ups:

Milan (4-2-3-1): Christian Abbiati; Urby Emanuelson, Cristian Zapata, Adil Rami, Ignazio Abate; Riccardo Montolivo, Sulley Muntari; Ricardo Kaka, Andrea Poli, Keisuke Honda, Mario Balotelli

Parma (4-3-3); Antonio Mirante; Cristian Molinaro, Felipe, Alessandro Lucarelli, Mattia Cassani; Marco Parolo, Marco Marchionni, Afriyie Acquah; Antonio Cassano, Amauri, Jonathan Biabiany

Match date/time

Sunday at 3 p.m. local, 10 a.m. ET

Venue

Stadio San Siro, Milan

TV

beIN Sport, beIN Sport en Español, RAI International (USA); BT Sport 1 (UK); Premium Calcio 1, Sky Calcio 1 (Italy)

Online

beIN Sports Play USA), bet365.com

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