NEWS
Sunday September 25 2016
Line-ups: Fiorentina-Milan

Milan stick with the same line-up for their trip to Fiorentina in a showdown for European ambitions, as the Rossoneri could go third.

It kicks off at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), follow the build-up and action on our LIVEBLOG.

Vincenzo Montella returns to the Stadio Artemio Franchi, a club he left last summer in rather tense circumstances.

So did Riccardo Montolivo, a former captain who is regularly given a frosty reception when he’s back on Viola territory.

The Rossoneri have lost their last two Serie A trips here and a third would be their worst run in this fixture since 1974.

There should be more confidence in the Milan camp after two straight wins and no new injury worries, aside from long-term absentees Andrea Bertolacci, Cristian Zapata and Mati Fernandez, the latter arriving on a transfer deadline day move from Fiorentina.

Carlos Bacca leads the attack with Suso and M’Baye Niang, while Davide Calabria and Mattia De Sciglio are confirmed as the full-backs.

Fiorentina have not conceded a single goal on home turf this season, though Davide Astori is injured in defence, so Carlos Salcedo gets his debut.

Nikola Kalinic is supported by Borja Valero and Josip Ilicic, while there will be a special eye on Milan Badelj, who is widely expected to join Montella at San Siro next season.

If Milan win today, they will leap into third place after negative results for Inter, Roma and Chievo.

It’d also be the first time they’ve managed three Serie A victories in a row since December 2015.

Fiorentina: Tatarusanu; Tomovic, Gonzalo Rodriguez, Salcedo; Bernardeschi, Sanchez, Badelj, Milic; Ilicic, Borja Valero; Kalinic

Fiorentina bench: Lezzerini, Dragowski, De Maio, Tello, Diks, Olivera, Cristoforo, Chiesa, Babacar, Hagi, Zarate, Vecino

Milan: Donnarumma; Calabria, Paletta, Romagnoli, De Sciglio; Kucka, Montolivo, Bonaventura; Suso, Bacca, Niang

Milan bench: Gabriel, Ely, Gomez, Abate, Vangioni, Antonelli, Locatelli, Poli, Sosa, Lapadula, Luiz Adriano