Match: AC Milan v F91 Dudelange
Date: 29 November 2018
Time: 18.55 CEST, 12:55 PM EST, 17.55 GMT
Venue: San Siro, Milan, Italy
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The biggest pre-match news was the exclusion of Franck Kessie from the squad list before today’s Europa League match at the San Siro against Dudelange. He’s reportedly not 100% fit, but after his match against Lazio, if anyone has earned a day off, it’s him.
Samu Castillejo will also miss the match, but that’s because he is still suspended because of the red card he got in the first match against Real Betis. It has been confirmed, however, that Gonzalo Higuain will start, as he is serving his two-match ban in Serie A for his red card meltdown against Juventus.
Expected lineups for Milan-Dudelange [Gazzetta dello Sport] pic.twitter.com/xCswzGhPs1— Milan Eye (@MilanEye) November 29, 2018
The expected lineup has Stefan Simic and Andrea Bertolacci getting recalled to the side and a possible debut for Alen Halilovic, along with Diego Laxalt getting the start over Ricardo Rodriguez.
While a lot of the bench and non-first team options for Milan aren’t great, Milan should still be able to get past Dudelange at home, which the team needs to do with Milan being level on points with Olympiacos, their next opponent in Group F action.
Dudelange, on the other hand, has lost all of their Europa League matches this season, and while it shouldn’t be a walkover, the pitch should be tilted to Milan’s favor. Of course, this just means that Dudelange go into the match with no expectations and no fear, meaning that a slow start for Milan could create panic and discord in the side, which could quickly lead astray.
Gattuso on the importance of #MilanDudelange: "If we don't win tomorrow we are in trouble. We have to win at all costs, we have everything to lose".— AC Milan (@acmilan) November 28, 2018
Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso sounded like he was aware of the stakes going into the match, so hopefully he’s implored his players about the importance of getting a result today if they are to continue on their Europa League run.
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