Bojan Krkic, Stephan El Shaarawy and Kevin-Prince Boateng lead Milan’s 4-3-3 line-up in Anderlecht this evening.
Champions League qualification is still up in the air in a very balanced Group C, as Malaga have already secured their place in the next round and fumbled a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 in Russia earlier today. Click here to read a full match report from our sister site, Football-Espana.net.
The Rossoneri are on five points, Anderlecht and Zenit four. It means if Milan win in Belgium tonight, they will be qualified in second place.
Coach Massimiliano Allegri is still under pressure after a stuttering Serie A campaign and said “this could be Pato’s game,” but surprisingly leaves The Duck on the bench.
Instead, Bojan is joined by Boateng and top scorer El Shaarawy, while Luca Antonini, Daniele Bonera, Massimo Ambrosini and Ignazio Abate are still injured.
Anderlecht earned a 0-0 draw at San Siro in the opening group game back in September and can welcome Olivier Deschacht back to the squad after a muscular problem.
Guillame Gillet is able to start despite carrying a knock, while Sacha Kljestan starts in midfield with the returning Milan Jovanovic.
Ronald Vargas, Gohi Bi Cyriac and Matias Suarez are long-term absentees for the Belgians.
Anderlecht: Proto; Nuytinck, Gillet, Kouyatè, Deschacht; Kljestan, Biglia; Praet, Bruno, Jovanovic; Mbokani
Anderlecht bench: Kaminski, Safari, Wasilewski, Fernando Canesin, Kanu, Yakovenko, De Sutter
Milan: Abbiati; De Sciglio, Mexes, Yepes, Constant; Montolivo, De Jong, Nocerino; Boateng, Bojan, El Shaarawy
Milan bench: Amelia, Zapata, Flamini, Emanuelson, Robinho, Pato, Pazzini