AC Milan take on Crvena Zvezda in the UEFA Europa League round of 32. Milan are looking to put in a solid display in Serbia to bounce back from their loss in the league and to gain some momentum ahead of the derby against Inter Milan this weekend.
Crvena Zvezda: W, W, D, W, W
Milan: L, L, W, W, L
Liberec 0 - 0 Crvena Zvezda
Crvena Zvezda 0 - 0 Hoffenheim
Gent 0 - 2 Crvena Zvezda
Crvena Zvezda 2 - 1 Gent
Crvena Zvezda 5 - 1 Liberec
Crvena Zvezda 1 - 2 Milan (2006)
Milan 1 - 0 Crvena Zvezda (2006)
Players to Watch
Mandzukic gets his first start and will be playing in a knockout game. There will be a big expectation on the Croatia international to deliver a good performance and potentially to get his first goal. Milan need another attacking focal point and it would be nice for Mandzukic to get off the mark ahead of the derby.
Falcinelli is on loan for Bologna in Belgrade and is having a solid season. The striker has 9 goals and 2 assists in all competitions but has only scored 1 goal in the Europa League. The striker has pace, a strong shot and experience in Italy which will help him be a nuisance for Tomori and Romagnoli.
Milan are rotating and the scariest change is Krunic in place of Calhanoglu as Diaz is out injured. The Bosnia international will need to be the creative force and link up the midfield with the attack. If he delivers, the game will go well, if not we are in for a frustrating and disjointed game.
Prediction: Crvena Zvezda 1 - 3 Milan