Verona vs Milan Preview: Where to Watch, Buy Tickets, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

?Newly promoted Hellas Verona host historic Italian giants Milan on Sunday in the upcoming round of Serie A matches.

Verona will be looking to build on their unbeaten start since getting promoted from Serie B. In their previous outing, they beat fellow top division newbies Lecce 1-0, which lifted them into seventh in the league table.

Marco Giampaolo

Milan, on the other hand, have had a slightly mixed start to the season. Having suffered a 1-0 defeat in their first match against Udinese, Milan then managed a good 1-0 home win against a stern Brescia side, placing them 13th.

It is worth mentioning I Rossoneri appointed Marco Giampaolo as their new head coach during the summer after Gennaro Gattuso stepped down from the position, having failed to qualify for the Champions League

Qualification for the prestigious European competition will once again be the target for Milan this season. However, with Giampaolo having been in charge for only a matter of months, it will take some time for the players to get on board with his philosophies.


Where to Watch

?When Is Kick Off? ?Sunday 15 September
?What Time Is Kick Off? 19:45 (BST)?
?Where Is It Played? ?Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi
?TV Channel/Live Stream? ?Premier Sports 1 (UK)
?Referee? ?Gianluca Manganiello

Where to Buy Tickets

Tickets for the game are, as ever, available on both teams’ official club websites, though membership is required in order to purchase. In terms of resale, both teams provide the option to make season tickets available for others to use, if a supporter is unable to attend the game themselves.


Team News

Verona’s new central midfield loan signing Emmanuel Badu is still out with an illness and is yet to make his debut for the club. Left back Alessandro Crescenzi and highly experienced Brazilian-born midfielder Daniel Bessa are also both out with injury problems.

For Milan, new summer signing Theo Hernandez, who joined for €18m from Real Madrid, seems unlikely to recover from his capsular rupture but should be back for the following matches. Defender Mattia Caldara and midfielder Lucas Biglia are still injured and unavailable for selection.


Rossoneri’s biggest signing this summer was 20-year-old Portuguese striker Rafael Leao, signed from Lille for €30m. He has only briefly featured in Milan’s side this season, once coming off the bench.

However, he performed well for Portugal Under-21s during the international break, which should put him in the contention for a starting position.

Predicted Lineups

Hellas Verona? Silvestri; Kumbulla, Günter, Rrahmani; Lazovic, Veloso, Henderson?, Faraoni; Pessina; Zaccagni, Tutino. 
?Milan ?Donnarumma; Rodríguez, Romagnoli, Musacchio, Calabria; Bennacer, Calhanoglu, Kessié; Castillejo, Suso; Piatek.

Head to Head Record

The two sides have faced each other 58 times during their combined rich history. Milan have beaten Verona on 26 occasions, whereas Verona have claimed ten victories.

Fortunately for Verona, they seem to do well against Milan on home soil. The last two times Milan have visited Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi, Verona claimed 3-0 and 2-1 victories in the league. 

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With Milan known to have struggled away from home in the last couple of seasons, this could prove to be a difficult affair for the Champions League hopefuls. 


Recent Form

As briefly mentioned, Verona are currently in good form and are unbeaten after their first two games. 

They opened the campaign with a solid 1-1 draw against a tough Bologna side, in a match where they had to come back from a goal behind after the early sending off of defender Pawel Dawidowisz.

Verona then beat Lecce 1-0 away from home. However, the real tests are ahead of them with difficult matches against Milan and ?Juventus on the horizon.

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Milan themselves have had an underwhelming start to the season. An opening away loss to Udinese gave Giampaolo a nightmare start, but his fortunes turned around somewhat with a 1-0 home victory against Brescia in the following match, as Hakan Calhanoglu’s neat header proved to be the decisive goal.

Here’s how each team has performed in their last five fixtures.

?Hellas Verona ?Milan
?Lecce 0-1 Hellas Verona (1/9) ?Milan 1-0 Brescia (31/8)
?Hellas Verona 1-1 Bologna (25/8) ?Udinese 1-0 Milan (25/8)
?Hellas Verona 1-2 Cremonese (18/8) ?Cesena 0-0 Milan (17/8)
?Hellas Verona 1-1 Trabzonspor (29/7) ?Feronikeli 0-2 Milan (10/8)
?Hellas Verona 3-0 Cittadella (2/6) Manchester United 2-2 Milan (3/8)?

Prediction

?It looks like this is going to be a tight affair that might be decided by a single goal. Milan haven’t exactly set the world alight recently but fans will need to be patient and give the new manager time before making final conclusions.

Rossoneri need to fix their away form if they want to qualify for the Champions League this season, so this match should prove to be a good test to see what this squad is made of.

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But Verona should be optimistic coming into this match. They’ve beaten Milan at home in previous league seasons, and given how they have started the current season there’s no reason why they might not do the same this time around.

Milan should have enough to register their second Serie A win of the campaign.

Prediction: Hellas Verona 1-2 Milan

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Assessing 7 Candidates Who Could Start Alongside Harry Maguire for England in Defence at Euro 2020

?With another set of European Championship qualifiers behind us, competition for places in the England side is really starting to heat up in all areas of the pitch.

While Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho continue to stake their claims for starts in attack, the major battle is at the heart of the England defence, with a number of defenders hoping they’ll be the one to start alongside permanent fixture Harry Maguire in next summer’s 2020 European Championships.

Here’s a look at the seven candidates who are all desperate to convince manager Gareth Southgate that they should be the man to start next to Manchester United defender Maguire for England.


John Stones

Memphis Depay,John Stones

The Manchester City centre half missed the recent games against Bulgaria and Kosovo due to injury but with 38 caps is by far the most experienced defender on this list. He played in all seven of England’s World Cup games in 2018 and even netted two goals in the 6-1 victory over Panama.

However, his terrible mistake against the Netherlands in the UEFA Nations League semi final in June, which led the Dutch going 2-1 up in extra time, resulted in Stones being dropped by Southgate for the third placed playoff match against Switzerland.

His current injury means he is not playing for Manchester City at the moment and he now faces a real battle to get back into the England starting eleven.


Michael Keane

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Southgate handed the Everton defender his eighth and ninth caps this week by starting the 26-year-old in both qualifying games against Bulgaria and Kosovo. 

Although Michael Keane was reasonably solid alongside Maguire against Bulgaria, he had a bit of a ?nightmare on Tuesday night at St Mary’s, gifting Kosovo the lead with a dreadful misplaced pass inside the first 36 seconds.

His assist for Raheem Sterling’s leveller should have eased his nerves, but he looked all at sea next to Maguire in the second half as Kosovo notched a further two times.

Question marks certainly remain over his current place in the side.


Joe Gomez

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Another man who was in the recent squad is ?Liverpool defender Joe Gomez. However, the 22-year-old, who has seven caps, did not feature in either game with Keane preferred at the back.

Gomez missed out on the 2018 World Cup squad due to injury and has earned just one cap so far in 2019. 

If he can stay fit and play regularly alongside the world’s best defender in Virgil van Dijk for the Reds this season, he could well be the man to partner Maguire next summer.


James Tarkowski

James Tarkowski

Tarkowski was favoured by Southgate in England squads in 2018 and the start of 2019, with the Burnley defender picking up two caps during that time. 

However, like so many on this list he has been inconsistent at times. He was poor for Burnley last season as the Clarets conceded 68 ?Premier League goals, more than the likes of Brighton and Southampton.

He’s been left out of the last two squads, and there is a belief his chance may have passed him by.


Lewis Dunk

Lewis Dunk

The Brighton defender’s consistent performances in the Premier League earned him a call-up last Autumn for the games against Spain and Croatia in the UEFA Nations League group stage. 

Whilst he did not feature then, he did make his England debut a month later in November against the United States at Wembley in a 3-0 victory.

However, he’ll have to seriously impress Southgate this season if he wants to go to next summer’s European Championships as he hasn’t played for England since, with Southgate assessing other options.


Tyrone Mings

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One of those other options is Tyrone Mings, the only man on the list so far without an England cap. 

However, his impressive performances for Aston Villa both last season in the ?Championship and this year in the Premier League earned the 26-year-old a call-up to the senior side for the recent fixtures.

Even though he didn’t feature in those games, he is currently ahead of Dunk and Tarkowski in the pecking order and Keane’s dismal performance on Tuesday means his chance is surely around the corner.

Interestingly, the former Bournemouth defender is the only centre back who is left footed out of all Southgate’s options, which could well work to his advantage.


Ben Godfrey

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Ben Godfrey is more of an obscure candidate, but the England Under-21 international’s performances for Norwich City over the last year mean he is deserving of a mention.

He captained the Under-21 side recently against Kosovo in a game the England youngsters won 2-0, which Southgate will be aware of.

If he can continue to play well at the back for Norwich this season in the Premier League, he could make next summer’s squad. You just never know. 


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Aston Villa vs West Ham Preview: Where to Watch, Buy Tickets, Kick Off Time & Team News

Aston Villa take on West Ham in the Premier League on Monday night, in what should be a compelling affair at Villa Park.

Villa have had a pretty iffy start to the season, with just the one victory against Everton coming in the middle of three losses.

Sebastien Haller

The Hammers, on the other hand, will be very pleased with their start to the 2019/20 campaign. A loss on the opening day to Manchester City is nothing to be ashamed of, but they followed that up with seven points from a possible nine.

Both teams will be searching for the three points and nothing less. Here is 90min’s preview of the game.


Where to Watch

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When Is Kick Off? Monday 16 September
What Time Is Kick Off? 20:00 (BST)
Where Is it Played? Villa Park
TV Channel/Live Stream? Sky Sports Main Event/Sky Sports Premier League (UK)
Referee? Mike Dean

Where to Buy Tickets

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Tickets for the game are, as ever, available on both teams’ official club websites, though membership is required in order to purchase. In terms of resale, both teams provide the option to make season tickets available for others to use, if a supporter is unable to attend the game themselves.


Team News

For ?Villa, three players are ruled out with injury. James Chester and Matt Targett are suffering with thigh problems, whilst Jonathon Kodjia is set to miss the fixture due to a head injury.

New signing Trezeguet is also out due to suspension.?

Trezeguet

The Hammers have just two injury problems. Winston Reid is set to return later this month after sustaining a knee injury, while Michail Antonio is out for a few months with a hamstring injury.


Potential Lineups

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Aston Villa Heaton; Guilbert, Engels, Mings, Taylor; McGinn, Luiz, Grealish; Jota, Wesley, El Ghazi.
West Ham           Fabianski; Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Masuaku; Rice, Noble; Yarmolenko, Lanzini, Anderson; Wesley.

Head to Head Record

Villa and ?West Ham have played each other a whopping 110 times, symbolising? both teams’ statures as major Premier League sides.

The Hammers just about lead the head to head record with 40 wins to Villa’s 38, with 32 draws also being played out.

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They last played each other back in 2016 at Upton Park, with the home side coming out the victors in a 2-0 victory thanks to goals from Antonio and Cheikhou Kouyate.


Recent Form

Apart from an impressive home victory against the Toffees, Villa have so far struggled in the league, with an overall tally of three points from 12.

They will feel robbed after having a goal wrongly ruled out against Crystal Palace two weekends ago, after referee Kevin Friend somehow deemed Jack Grealish to have dived on the edge of the box.

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?West Ham are unbeaten in their last four games – if you include the Carabao Cup game against Newport County – and will hope to continue this run at Villa Park on Monday. 

Sebastien Haller is in fine form of late too, with three goals in his last two games.

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Crystal Palace 1-0 Aston Villa (31/8) West Ham 2-0 Norwich (31/8)
Crewe 1-6 Aston Villa (27/8) Newport 0-2 West Ham (27/8)
Aston Villa 2-0 Everton (23/8) Watford 1-3 West Ham (24/8)
Aston Villa 1-2 Bournemouth (17/8) Brighton 1-1 West Ham (17/8)
Spurs 3-1 Aston Villa (10/8) West Ham 0-5 Manchester City (10/8)

Prediction

Villa have been playing well so far this season, but just haven’t been getting the results they need and probably deserve.

However, in front of their home crowd, they will be willed on and as a result determined to get their second win in the league this season.?

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West Ham won’t make this easy though. A side full of technically gifted players, like ?Manuel Lanzini and Felipe Anderson, will always be hard to beat.

As a result, the two sides will cancel each other out in what should be an entertaining draw.

Prediction: Aston Villa 2-2 West Ham

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Callum Hudson-Odoi & Reece James Close to Signing New Chelsea Contracts

Exclusive: Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James are close to signing new contracts with Chelsea – with both set to play an integral part in head coach Frank Lampard’s first team plans this season.

The pair have been sidelined with injury problems over the first few weeks of the campaign, but are expected to pen fresh terms with the Blues ahead of their respective returns to action.

Callum Hudson-Odoi

90min understands the teenagers will are likely to sign before the end of the month. The news on Hudson-Odoi is a particularly big boost for Chelsea given his current deal expires at the end of the season – and previous attempts to tie the player down had failed amid interest from Bayern Munich.

He made waves with a number of scintillating performances under Maurizio Sarri last term, with many Chelsea fans unhappy with their former manager’s reluctance to include the England international in his regular starting eleven in league games. Sarri’s hesitance to select the player also forced Hudson-Odoi to consider other options prior to Lampard’s appointment.

The 18-year-old has been out injured since April, when he was substituted with a ruptured Achilles during a 2-2 draw with Burnley. He is close to a return to the first team and is expected to feature for the club’s Under-23s, alongside James, on Friday night. The weekend’s trip to Wolves will come too soon for the player, but his return is expected this month.

The pair will benefit from Lampard’s long term plan, which has already seen the inclusions of number of young players in the first team during the early part of the season. Mason Mount in particular has impressed, while Tammy Abraham has scored four goals in four Premier League outings. Hudson-Odoi is expected to feature prominently upon his return.

Similar can be said for James. Lampard is ready to throw James into the first team in the coming weeks following his performances at Wigan last season, and potentially because of the patchy form of Cesar Azpilicueta – who has filled the role of right back in the early weeks.

James earned rave reviews at the DW Stadium as he scored three goals and managed three assists, helping the Latics stave off relegation by finishing 18th in the Championship.

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Romelu Lukaku Reveals Why Inter Is the Best Club for Him & Opens Up on Man Utd Departure

Romelu Lukaku has opened up about his problems in the build-up to his departure from Manchester United, and why he feels Inter are the best club for him to recapture his form.

The Belgian has notched two goals in his first two Serie A games for Antonio Conte’s side, with many tipping I Nerazzurri to challenge Juventus for the Italian top flight title.

Lukaku was speaking to ESPN when he revealed: “This could be the team I need. There’s the love I have for this area. The love that I have for Inter. And it was the perfect moment for me to leave England. I didn’t want to be there anymore.”

Romelu Lukaku

By the end of his tenure in England, Lukaku was receiving a fair bit of abuse for his performances and fitness, but it is now understood that a gastrointestinal problem was hampering his progress.

Upon his arrival, Antonio Conte had this issue checked out, as Lukaku explained: “Normally I have a fine digestive system. I digest everything very quickly. That’s how it had been my entire life. But what the nutritionist said to me was, it had stopped working.”

A diet of ‘mainly fish, sweet potatoes, shiitake pasta, and cooked and raw vegetables’ was prescribed, and the forward lost almost 4.5kg in 12 days.

“I’m good now,” he clarified. “My body is in the zone.”

Asked about how he felt during the latter stages of his time at United, he declared: “Scapegoated. Meaning ‘You. Are. The. Reason’.”

On this feeling, ex-United teammate and fellow Inter newbie Alexis Sanchez, who has described Lukaku’s talents as one-of-a-kind, explained: “Lukaku and I trained very well. But we needed to play more in games to get to our best.


“It wasn’t the right time for us to be at Manchester. Too many changes. When you change that much, it’s tough.”

Returning to his present surroundings, Lukaku, whose love affair with Inter began with the 1998 UEFA Cup final, the first final he can remember watching, admitted: “This group of players we have here is a special group. And we have the right leader in front of us to take us to the right places.”

That man is of course Antonio Conte, and Lukaku added: “The guy can make a team. It’s already like the guys have been there for many, many years together, even the ones who just arrived. It’s the strangest thing.

“Inter is an ambitious club. It wants to get back where it needs to be. I want to help them build something here. It’s the right move for me.”

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In preparation for the move, the forward learned Italian extensively, and he has insisted upon speaking to his teammates in the language, and vice-versa. This has undoubtedly aided his adaptation.

“They embraced me and I embraced them,” he added. “It’s like I’ve been part of it for many months.”

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