NEWS
Saturday March 9 2019
Line-ups: Chievo v Milan

Milan make several changes for the trip to Chievo, starting Lucas Biglia, Samu Castillejo, Diego Laxalt and Andrea Conti.

It kicks off at the Stadio Bentegodi at 19.30 GMT.

You can follow the build-up and action as it happens and give your views on the LIVEBLOG.

Gennaro Gattuso’s men leapfrogged rivals Inter into third place last week with a fourth consecutive Serie A victory and are eager to potentially increase their lead going into the Derby della Madonnina next Sunday.

Ricardo Rodriguez is suspended, but the only remaining injury absentees are Cristian Zapata and Giacomo Bonaventura, as even Mattia Caldara has a spot on the bench after five months out.

The Rossoneri take this opportunity to rest several players, including Tiemoue Bakayoko, who had played 23 out of the last 24 competitive games.

Hakan Calhanoglu and Davide Calabria are also given the night off, so Lucas Biglia has his first start since the serious calf injury in October.

Conti has another chance to shine after almost two years dealing with various knee problems, while Suso and Castillejo flank hitman Krzysztof Piatek.

It’s a special game for Suso, his 100th Serie A appearance in a Rossoneri jersey.

Chievo are bottom of the Serie A table and not just because of their three-point penalty for financial irregularities.

Nonetheless, Domenico Di Carlo’s men always put up a fight and last week’s 3-0 defeat to Torino did not reflect the game at all, as they had been on level terms until the final 15 minutes.

Midfielder Nicola Rigoni is suspended, with Sergio Pellissier, Nenad Tomovic and Ezequiel Schelotto injured.

Emanuele Giaccherini takes the trequartista role behind strikers Mariusz Stepinski – who faces his fellow Pole Piatek – and Riccardo Meggiorini.

Milan have won 21 of their last 24 Serie A encounters with Chievo and are unbeaten since December 2005.

Chievo: Sorrentino; Depaoli, Bani, Andreolli, Barba; Leris, Hetemaj, Dioussé; Giaccherini; Meggiorini, Stepinski

Chievo bench: Bragantini, Caprile, Frey, Cesar, Rossettini, Jaroszynski, Piazon, Kiyine, Burruchaga, Pucciarelli, Grubac, Vignato, Djordjevic

Milan: G Donnarumma; Conti, Musacchio, Romagnoli, Laxalt; Kessie, Biglia, Paquetá; Suso, Piatek, Castillejo

Milan bench: A Donnarumma, Reina, Abate, Calabria, Caldara, Strinic, Bakayoko, Bertolacci, Montolivo, Calhanoglu, Borini, Cutrone

 

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