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Saturday, August 2, 2014


AC Milan vs Liverpool
Competition: Guinness International Champions Cup
Match date: 2 August 2014 - Kick Off Time: 23:30 BST
Venue: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

A 3-1 win on penalties over Man City on Wednesday in New York positioned Liverpool at the top of Group B. Despite trailing twice in that game, Brendan Rodgers' men equalised twice, with Raheem Sterling scoring five minutes from time to make it 2-2. In the first match of this tournament, the Reds defeated Olympiakos thanks to an early goal of Raheem Sterling. Before of this tournament, they were beaten by Brondby 2-1 and Roma 1-0.
Rodgers is likely to continue to rotate his team in preparation for the opening day of the season, which is now just 15 days away. Lazar Markovic picked up a minor knock in training but is reported to be available to take part in this clash while new signing Dejan Lovren has been unable to obtain a work permit in enough time to join up with his new teammates in the States. Daniel Sturridge and Rickie Lambert started the match against Manchester City and they could do so again.
AC Milan’s relatively poor showing from the last Serie A season seems to continue in their international efforts.  They had two poor performance so far with Olympiakos and Manchester City both running out comfortable winners against them. The Greek side cruised past them 3-0 while City beat the Rossoneri by 5-1. Even if AC Milan win their last battle in the group stage of ICC, they can no longer qualify for the finals.
New manager Pippo Inzaghi is still working on the winning formula. With enigmatic striker Mario Balotelli still out of form, the Rossoneri will be looking towards Stefan El Shaarawy to step up. He will be partnered by Pazzini in attack. Cristante will be once again in the starting lineup as well as Saponara and Essien. Jeremy Menez should play during the second half as well as De Sciglio. Montolivo is still injured and will be available in a couple of months.
Saturday’s meeting will be the first time the two clubs have met since that forgettable defeat in Athens of May 2007, in which the new boss Inzaghi scored two goals.

AC Milan last 5 matches:
18/05/14 Milan 2 – 1 Sassuolo
16/07/14 Milan 2 – 0 Renate
20/07/14 Monza 0 – 2 Milan
25/07/14 Olympiakos 3 – 0 Milan
27/07/14 Milan 1 – 5 Manchester City

Liverpool last 5 matches:
16/07/14 Brøndby 2 – 1 Liverpool
19/07/14 Preston North End 1 – 2 Liverpool
24/07/14 Liverpool 0 – 1 Roma
28/07/14 Liverpool 1 – 0 Olympiakos
31/07/14 Manchester City 2 – 2 P Liverpool
You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]





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