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Chelsea will aim to make it back-to-back wins in the Champions League when they welcome AC Milan to Stamford Bridge. They’re two points off second place at the halfway point in Group E, albeit a long way off the top spot, and could take a big step toward their goal of knocking out the Rossoneri if they win tonight.
Chelsea XI vs. Milan XI
Chelsea XI will be looking to get back to winning ways when they take on AC Milan at Stamford Bridge in Matchday three of the UEFA Champions League. After failing to beat Dinamo Zagreb and RB Salzburg in their first two group matches, the Blues need a win against the Italian side to move into second place in the group.
Graham Potter’s Chelsea team will be boosted by the return of Wesley Fofana, who is fit to start after missing the 3-0 win over Wolves due to a knee injury. The Pensioners will likely play with a 4-3-3 formation, with Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek lining up as the midfield three. Mason Mount is expected to start in attack, with young forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang returning after missing Wolf’s win.
The Blues won five of their last six games against AC Milan in all competitions, including a 3-0 victory in the Champions League last week. Despite the loss, Milan remains unbeaten in their opening three matches of the campaign and will be confident going into this game as they look to take control of their group.
This is Milan’s biggest European match of the season, and they have never previously lost more than a single away game in the tournament. It will be a big challenge for them to secure the three points in the face of an attacking-minded Chelsea side.
AC Milan XI will be looking to put the defeat against Juventus behind them and secure their first campaign win against Chelsea. The Italian side is a solid team with a good defense, and they will be eager to pick up a win against a team that has won three games in a row.
Milan will be without a number of key players, including Alessandro Florenzi and Mike Maignan, who both missed the win over Juventus through injuries. However, with a number of young players in their squad, they should be able to cope.
Graham Potter’s Chelsea has won their last three league matches under the new manager, and they will be confident of extending their unbeaten record to four when they head to San Siro on Tuesday night. The Blues will aim to build on the 3-0 victory over the Wolves and secure a fourth straight win under their new manager, taking them to the top of Group E in the Champions League.
Defending champions AC Milan are a strong team with a lot of talent, but they have been struggling recently. Several key players in Stefano Pioli’s side are currently injured, so seeing the Blues as the minus-odds favorites are no surprise.
The Milan midfield of Tonali, Bennacer, and Krunic will need to respond to the shaky performance against Chelsea in west London, while the Rossoneri’s front three of Leao, Giroud, and Diaz will be looking to generate danger on the break and get into the box to score.
The Chelsea defense will have to be on their guard, especially with Trevoh Chalobah and Cesar Azpilicueta back in the squad after recovering from injuries. The Blues will also need to contain the threat of Rafael Leao, who was withdrawn at halftime against the Wolves after suffering an ankle injury.