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Wednesday September 25 2013
Line-ups: Bologna-Milan

Milan have to do without Mario Balotelli for their tricky trip to Bologna and face Alessandro Diamanti’s free kicks.

This Serie A Week 5 fixture kicks off at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), click here for a match preview.

The Rossoneri are increasingly under pressure with just four points from as many rounds and fresh from a home defeat to Napoli.

Balotelli was sent off for insulting the referee on Sunday and starts his three-match ban, joining the injured Stephan El Shaarawy, Kaka, Riccardo Montolivo, Giampaolo Pazzini, Daniele Bonera, Mattia De Sciglio and Matias Silvestre.

It means Robinho gets a rare start in attack with Alessandro Matri and Valter Birsa again in the trequartista role.

Bologna aren’t faring much better with two points and also have to do without the suspended Panagiotis Kone and Cesare Natali.

Considering how poor Milan are at defending from set plays, the free kick prowess of Diamanti could prove a turning point in this game.

Inter-owned Diego Laxalt and former Metalist striker Jonatan Ezequiel Cristaldo get rare starts in attack.

Milan’s record is strong at the Dall’Ara, where they are unbeaten in 11 years.

Bologna: Curci; Garics, Antonsson, Mantovani, Morleo; Perez, PazienzaChristodoulopoulos, Diamanti, Laxalt; Cristaldo

Milan: Abbiati; Abate, Zapata, Mexes, Constant; Poli, De Jong, Nocerino; Birsa; Matri, Robinho

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