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UEFA Champions League

  • November 1, 2011
  • • 1:00 PM
  • • Stadyen Dynama, Minsk
  • Referee: P. Rasmussen
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Champions League Preview: BATE Borisov - AC Milan

Champions League Preview: BATE Borisov - AC Milan

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The Italian champions will look to bag another three points towards qualifying from Group H on Tuesday, as their Belarusian hosts seek a first group stage win at the 10th attempt


PROBABLE LINEUPS


BATE BORISOV


Gutor
Baga, Simic, Yurevich, Bordachev
Volodko, Bressan, Kontosevoi, Olekhnovich
Rudik,
Kezman

AC MILAN


Abbiati
Abate, Nesta, Silva, Zambrotta
Nocerino, Van Bommel, Aquilani
Boateng
Ibrahimovic, Robinho


Massimiliano Allegri has a building injury list to contend with, starting with Antonio Cassano as his latest casualty. The Italy forward has been hospitalized since Saturday evening after feeling unwell on the flight back to Milan following its win over Roma, and as a result is a doubt for the match. In addition, Philippe Mexes may miss out with a broken hand, while Luca Antonini is likely to be unavailable as he continues to recover from a twisted ankle.

However, there is no such news on Mathieu Flamini, who will remain on the treatment table for the foreseeable future. Gennaro Gattuso will serve the last match of his suspension, incurred during last season's tie with Tottenham Hotspur in the second round of the competition, but is also suffering from a recently contracted eye injury in any case.

Clarence Seedorf and Alexandre Pato have both been declared fit and may feature at some point during the encounter on Tuesday, although it is expected that Allegri will name the same side that claimed victory at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday.

Meanwhile for BATE, they named an experimental line-up against Vitebsk on Thursday, after securing a sixth consecutive Belarusian league title on October 23. On the injury front for Viktor Goncharenko's men, Yegor Filipenko, Vitali Rodionov, Evgeni Kuntsevich and Alexsandr Pavlov are all out of contention, nursing lengthy injury setbacks.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • AC Milan will confirm its place in the last 16 if it tops Viktoria Plzen's result against Barcelona.
  • The Serie A champions have won five games on the bounce, scoring 16 in the process.
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic's strike against BATE a fortnight ago was Milan's 200th Champions League goal.
  • Massimiliano Allegri's side have lost just two of its past 13 European away fixtures, drawing seven of them.
  • BATE will be eliminated from the competition if it fails to beat Milan and Barcelona win at Plzen.
  • The Belarusians have conceded eight goals in Group H, the highest in the tournament.
  • However, they won a sixth consecutive Belarusian championship by beating Torpedo Zhodino 4-2 a week ago.
  • BATE has kept 18 clean sheets in 30 league matches this season.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

BATE

Milan

Wins
0
1
3
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

FC BATE Borisov BAT
FC BATE Borisov BATE
Draw
AC Milan MIL
AC Milan Milan
95%

Top 3 Predictions

FC BATE Borisov BAT
0 - 3
AC Milan MIL
FC BATE Borisov BAT
0 - 2
AC Milan MIL
FC BATE Borisov BAT
1 - 3
AC Milan MIL

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