Vincenzo Montella is preparing several changes to give some players a rest but Jack Bonaventura is still likely to start.
Milan face Empoli tonight at 20:45 CET at Stadio Carlo Castellani and while a win is a must for the Rossoneri to keep their position in second place of Serie A, it looks like coach Vincenzo Montella will make some changes in the starting XI.
According to Sky Italia, Milannews.it and La Gazzetta dello Sport among others, in addition to starting Gianluca Lapadula over the injured Carlos Bacca, Montella is going to bench M’Baye Niang and play Giacomo Bonaventura on the left wing of the attack, with Suso on the right.
Bonaventura moving to attack opens a place in midfield and it will be occupied by Matias Fernandez, the summer signing who after recovering from injury, proves to be a favourite for Montella. On the right side of midfield, however, Juraj Kucka, on whom Vincenzo said yesterday that he is ‘in a bit of a decline psychologically’, is set to get a chance to catch his breath, with Mario Pasalic starting.
Gazzetta disagrees but others expect Luca Antonelli to replace De Sciglio. It also remains to be seen who will be starting between Gustavo Gomez and the now-fit Alessio Romagnoli in the defense.
AC Milan (4-3-3) – Vincenzo Montella (Probable)
Gianluigi Donnarumma; Ignazio Abate, Gabriel Paletta, Alessio Romagnoli / Gustavo Gomez, Luca Antonelli; Mario Pasalic, Manuel Locatelli, Matias Fernandez; Suso, Gianluca Lapadula, Bonaventura.
Empoli F.C. (4-3-1-2) – Giovanni Martusciello (Probable)
Łukasz Skorupski; Freddie Veseli, Giuseppe Bellusci, Andrea Costa, Manuel Pasqual; Rade Krunić, Assane Dioussé, Daniele Croce; Riccardo Saponara; Manuel Pucciarelli, Massimo Maccarone.