AC Milan vs. FC Torino - 1/28/20 Coppa Italia Pick, Odds & Prediction
FC Torino at AC Milan
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 2:45 PM (Giuseppe Meazza)
Milan host Torino at the San Siro on Tuesday for a crucial Coppa Italia quarter-final clash. The Rossoneri have discovered some promising form of late, while Torino’s inconsistent run has seen them slide down the Serie A table.
Milan come into this game on the back of four straight wins in all competitions. After claiming an impressive 2-0 league victory away at Cagliari, Milan beat SPAL 3-0 in the Coppa Italia Round of 16. Goals from Krzysztof Piatek, Samu Castillejo and Theo Hernadez secured a comfortable win for Stefano Pioli’s side.
The Rossoneri returned to Serie A action with a hard-fought 3-2 win over Udinese before beating Brescia 1-0 in their previous game. Following a substandard first half of the season, Milan’s run of positive results has seen the club climb up the standings and challenge for a Europa League place.
On the other hand, Torino have lost their last two games. The Turin outfit were beaten 2-1 earlier in the month before suffering a 7-0 thrashing at the hands of Atalanta on Saturday. Armando Izzo and Sasa Lukic were both sent off against Atalanta, while the away side dominated the possession and created numerous goalscoring opportunities.
Torino’s route to the quarter-finals has also been pretty unconvincing. Walter Mazzarri’s side needed penalties to get past relegation candidates Genoa in the previous round. Soualiho Meite saw red in extra-time, so Torino clearly have some disciplinary issues, too.
Torino’s recent struggles have coincided with star striker Andrea Belotti’s downturn in form. After netting five goals in the first six games of the season, Belotti has only managed to score two in his previous seven league appearances.
By contrast, Milan’s Croatian forward Ante Rebic has scored three goals in his last two games, while left-back Theo Hernandez has consistently chipped in with goals and assists throughout the 2019/20 campaign.
All the signs are pointing towards a home win on Tuesday. Milan are a team on the up, while Torino have lacked a cutting edge in recent weeks. With Serie A remaining the priority for Torino, Walter Mazzarri is likely to rest a number of his key players. Meanwhile, I can see Stefano Pioli going all out to claim the win and reach the semi-finals.
In my opinion, 1.83 is a fantastic price when you consider the contrasting form of the two teams. Milan’s home advantage should also play a big factor in this tie.