AC Milan and Atletico Madrid will lock horns in a crucial second group B match that will likely decide each team's fate after six(6) games in the Group stage of the 2021/2022 UEFA Champions league season.
Ahead of the match at San Siro, 28th September, 08:00pm (GMT +1), Let's look at Both Teams updates, their previous meetings in this fixture, their recent forms, likely formations and match day result.
AC Milan Team Updates
Zlatan Ibrahimovic continues to struggles with an Achilles problem and won't return until after the international break. Tiemoue Bakayoko, Rade Krunic and Alessandro Florenzi will definitely miss the Tuesday clash at San Siro due to injury.
Simon Kjaer has returned to training and stand a chance of featuring in this game. Olivier Giroud is also back after starting the game at Spezia though he was replaced prior to the start of the second half. Davide Calabria is back after returning to action from the bench against Spezia on Saturday.
GoalKeepers: Mike Maignan, C. Tatarusanu.
Defenders: Fikayo Tomori, Calabria, Romagnoli, Theo Hernandez, Simon Kjaer, P. Kalulu, A. Conti, F. Ballo-Touré, M. Gabbia.
Midfielders: Franck Kessie, I. Bennacer, Brahim Diaz, D. Maldini, Sandro Tonali.
Forwards: Olivier Giroud, Ante Rebic, Rafael Leao, Pietro Pellegri, S. Castillejo, A. Saelemaekers.
ATLETICO MADRID Team Updates
Stefan Savic is suspended and will not be available here. Thomas Lemar is injured, while Joao Felix is eligible to play despite a domestic ban. Koke is fit after making the bench against Alaves. Jose Gimenez is likely to return to the backline in place of the suspended Savic.
GoalKeepers: Jan Oblak, B. Lecomte.
Defenders: Gimenez, Felipe, Hermoso, Kieran Trippier, S. Vrsaljko, Renan Lodi.
Midfielders: Marcos Llorente, G. Kondogbia, Koke, De Paul, Y. Carrasco, H. Herrera.
Forwards: Joao Felix, Suarez, Felix, Angel Correa, M. Cunha, A. Griezimann, I. Saponjic.
Recent Meetings Between AC Milan and Atletico Madrid, And Their Recent Forms.
7th-time Champions league winners AC Milan, lost their last meeting with the reigning La Liga holders at San Siro in the group stage of the 2014/2015 season. They also lost at Vicente Calderon in the reverse fixture.
Source: LiveScore News
AC Milan FORM In All Competitions This Season: W-W-W-L-D-W-W
Atletico Madrid FORM In All Competitions This Season: W-W-D-W-D-D-W-L
AC Milan are on an unbeaten run in Serie A, sitting 2nd with 16 points and only trails leaders Napoli with just 2 points after Six(6) league matches. They lost to Liverpool FC in the opening group B match, and will be keen to make a great statement on Tuesday's night.
For Atletico Madrid, they have had a topsy-turvy start to the new season, sitting 4th with 14 points after Seven(7) league matches. They were held by FC Porto at the Wanda Metropolitan, and like AC Milan will be gunning for all three points.
Likely Formations To Be Deployed By Both Teams
AC Milan Likely Line Up
Stefano Pioli played a 4-2-3-1 Formation in his last three Competitive matches against Liverpool, Juventus and Spezia, and is likely to continue with same Formation against Diego Simeone's men.
Davide Calabria is likely to return to the left side defence, with Theo Hernandez likely to start on the left side. In the central defence, the parring of Fikayo Tomori and Romagnoli is likely to continue. In the holding Midfield two, Franck Kessie is likely to be joined by Sandro Tonali. Brahim Diaz is likely to be replace young Maldini in the No. 10, with Ante Rebic in the left wing forward and either S. Castillejo or Rafael Leao in the right wing forward. Olivier Giroud or Pietro Pellegri is likely to start upfront.
AC Milan 4-2-3-1 Line Ups
Atletico Madrid Predicted Line Up
Diego Simeone is likely to use a 3-5-2 Formation in an all defensive and attack minded aggressive football. With Savic suspended, Jose Gimenez is likely to join the back three that includes Felipe and Hermoso. Kieran Trippier and Renan Lodi in the right and left side wingbacks, with Kondogbia in the holding Midfield role, flanked by Captain Koke and Marcos Llorente. Upfront, a refreshed Joao Felix is likely to start alongside Luis Suarez.
Atletico Madrid 3-5-2 Line Ups
Predicted Match Result
This fixture will likely be a very cagey match with mouthwatering tactics between Stefano Pioli and Diego Simeone. However, the match is likely to end in a 1-1 draw at San Siro on Tuesday night.
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