Fabio Borini could be starting on Sunday as a right wingback as he’s been tested there this week, while Jack seems favourite over Hakan at this point.
Milan face Sampdoria at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on Sunday at 12:30 CET (you can check the football betting odds for the match and place a bet) and it seems that coach Montella is once again going to make changes in the line-up.
According to this morning’s La Gazzetta dello Sport, the big surprise in the starting XI could be Fabio Borini. Montella already hinted after Andrea Conti’s injury that a ‘forward’ could be replacing the ex-Atalanta man, who is out for six months due to an ACL injury, and tomorrow may be the time to test Borini in this role.
Things are not yet definitive and Ignazio Abate or Davide Calabria could still get this role in Genova but La Gazzetta writes that Borini, who came to Milan from Sunderland this summer, has been tried this week in this role. The 26-year-old hasn’t been used since Milan lost 4-1 to Lazio.
André Silva, after playing 90 minutes on Wednesday, will most likely start from the bench again with Nikola Kalinić and Suso getting the nod. One of Giacomo Bonaventura and Hakan Çalhanoğlu will play in midfield and at the moment Jack is the favourite. Manuel Locatelli, meanwhile, will most likely play on Thursday against Rijeka in the Europa League (21:05 CET kickoff at Stadio San Siro).
Cristian Zapata is expected to start, leaving Mateo Musacchio on the bench for the second match in a row, but the decision regarding the center backs could change after the final training which will take place at Milanello today. Ricardo Rodriguez will get another start as a left-sided wingback.
Montella said after the match with SPAL that it is fundamental to rotate the squad and it fact, the Rossoneri boss has yet to use the same XI twice this season: Milan have played 10 matches so far in all competitions, and have had 10 different starting XI’s. Tomorrow could be number 11, but there are always the same certainties: Donnarumma, Bonucci, Kessié and after returning from injury – Biglia.
Here is the list of minutes played by Milan players after the 10 matches of the season, according to Saturday’s morning edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport (* – has already left the club):
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