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Tuesday May 10 2011
Line-ups: Robinho-Pato in Palermo

Milan need a strong result at the Stadio Barbera to reach the Coppa Italia Final tonight after their 2-2 first leg home draw with Palermo.

The Rossoneri hope they aren't suffering from a post-Scudetto celebration hangover, as they require a win or a draw with more than two goals to get through the semi-final of the Coppa.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Alessandro Nesta and Gianluca Zambrotta were all injury doubts going into tonight's 19.45 UK time kick-off.

Ibrahimovic and Boateng are only on the bench, while Zambrotta is not even included in the squad.

Instead Alexandre Pato forms an all-Brazilian front pairing with Robinho, supported by Clarence Seedorf.

Palermo have made reaching the Coppa Italia Final the main priority for this season, as simply getting there will most likely qualify them for the Europa League.

This is because the other contenders – Roma and Inter – are already heading for Europe thanks to their Serie A positions.

The Sicilians have reached the Final twice before in 1974 and 1979.

Delio Rossi has gone for a new double-trequartista system, as Javier Pastore and Josip Ilicic feed centre-forward Abel Hernandez.

Once again, captain Fabrizio Miccoli is left out of a big game, while young midfielder Afriyie Acquah is in the starting XI.

Palermo: 46 Sirigu; 16 Cassani, 3 Goian, 5 Bovo, 42 Balzaretti; 8 Migliaccio, 94 Acquah, 23 Nocerino; 27 Pastore, 72 Ilicic; Hernandez

Palermo bench: 99 Benussi, 6 Munoz, 36 Darmian, 21 Bacinovic, 11 Liverani, 9 Hernandez, 10 Miccoli

Milan: 32 Abbiati; 20 Abate, 33 T. Silva, 13 Nesta, 77 Antonini; 16 Flamini, 4 Van Bommel, 21 Pirlo; 10 Seedorf; 7 Pato, 70 Robinho

Milan bench: 1 Amelia, 76 Yepes, 25 Bonera, 23 Ambrosini, 27 Boateng, 99 Cassano, 11 Ibrahimovic

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