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Match Preview: AC Milan vs Crvena Zvezda H2H, Form, Players To Watch and Prediction

Milan need to show resolve to avoid being knocked out.

AC Milan v FC Crotone - Serie A Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

AC Milan take on Crvena Zvezda in the second leg of the round of 32 clash in the Europa League at the San Siro. Milan come into the game with two away goals and a draw. Milan will be missing veteran strikers Mandzukic and Ibrahimovic from the start and will rely on the midfielders much more for a win to progress here.

Form

Milan: W, W, L, D, L

Crvena Zvezda: D, W, W, D, W

UEL Form

Crvena Zvezda 2 - 2 Milan

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

H2H

Crvena Zvezda 2 - 2 Milan

Crvena Zvezda 1 - 2 Milan (2006)

Milan 1 - 0 Crvena Zvezda (2006)

Players to Watch

Rafael Leao

Leao gets a rare opportunity to start as the lone striker, let’s hope he grabs the opportunity with both hands and puts in a banger. He has the skill, he knows how to score but he still seems to be anonymous in some games. He needs to keep his head down and do the necessary to secure promotion for us, there will be no better opportunity for him to shine.

Diego Falcinelli

As with the last game, Falcinelli will be the man to watch. We had a few close calls last time out and will need to be wary of him wanting to make a statement in Italy. He is quick and tricky at a time when Romagnoli is struggling to keep strikers at bay. Watch out for his shots from distance and the loose balls in the box.

Franck Kessie

Milan are lacking leadership at the moment as as someone who call himself the President, Kessie needs to step up. He needs to provide solidity in the midfield as Meite has been subpar thus far and will need to rally the team to a win tonight. He will be key to win that midfield battle and to ensure the play is not constantly being halted.

Prediction: Milan 3 - 1 Crvena Zvezda