Monday, October 21, 2013

AC Milan vs Barcelona October 22, 2013 Champions League

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AC Milan vs Barcelona:
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 2:45 PM EDT - 6:45 pm (GMT) & 12:15 am (IST)
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (San Siro)
Referee:‬ F. Brych‎ 

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

In the Serie A, AC Milan have only posted eleven points after eight matches with just a plus one goal difference. So things aren’t going great for them, but they won on the weekend as a build up for this one, beating Udinese 1-0. Anywya, they’re already 13 points off the pace-setters Roma who have made a sensational start to the season. Still, injuries mean the Rossoneri will not be at full strength in the toughest fixture of the Group Stage.
Balotelli is expected to miss the match with injury. Daniele Bonera, Mattia De Sciglio, Giampaolo Pazzini (all knee) and Stephan El Shaarawy (foot) are also set to miss the clash as Milan's injury woes persist. Christian Abbiati suffered physical problems ahead of the encounter with Udinese and look likely skip this one as well. Gabriel started in Abbiati's absence, but as he's not in the Champions League list, Marco Amelia is set to start in goal.
The Blaugrana failed to win for the first time under their new manager on Saturday as they drew 0-0 with Osasuna, the first time in 64 Liga fixtures they have drawn a blank.  It has been a comfortable win over Ajax and then a late victory over Celtic which has given Barca two wins from two in the UCL group.
Manager Gerardo Martino has an almost full squad to choose from. If there is anything that Barça should worry about, this is Jordi Alba’s injury.Carles Puyol is likely to continue at centre-back, having made his first appearance since last season's 4-0 win over Milan at Osasuna on Saturday. Neymar and Lionel Messi will be flanked by Alexis Sanchez, meaning Pedro will be pushed to the bench.

Possible line-ups:
Milan (4-3-3): Amelia; Abate, Zapata, Mexes, Constant; Montolivo, De Jong, Muntari; Birsa, Matri, Robinho.
Barcellona (4-3-3): Valdes; Dani Alves, Puyol, Piquè, Adriano; Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta; Sanchez, Messi, Neymar.


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