AC Milan's Italian coach Gennaro Gattuso looks on prior to the Italian Serie A football match Lazio Rome vs AC Milan on November 25, 2018 at the Olympic stadium in Rome. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP)        (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

Picking the Best Potential AC Milan Lineup to Face F91 Dudelange in the Europa League on Thursday

AC Milan face F91 Dudelange in Group F of the Europa League on Thursday night. The reverse fixture ended 1-0 to Gennaro Gattuso's side and the result is expected to be more emphatic at the San Siro on Thursday. 


Here's how AC Milan might line up for the Europa League tie.

4. Goalkeeper

Pepe Reina (GK) - Having signed from Napoli in the summer, Reina has been AC Milan's second choice goalkeeper with Gianluigi Donnarumma very much first choice. However, the Spanish shot-stopper has played every Europa League fixture this season and is expected to start yet again against Dudelange. 

3. Defenders

Ignazio Abate (CB) - AC Milan are without Alessio Romagnoli, Mattia Caldara and Mateo Musacchio. Therefore, despite being a natural right-back, Abate has been forced to stand in at centre-back for Gattuso's side. With so many defensive injuries already, Gattuso has little choice but to select the Italian again.


Cristian Zapata (CB) - The Colombian defender is AC Milan's only fit centre-back currently and will certainly start in the heart of their back three. Whilst Dudelange are unlikely to pose much of an attacking threat, Zapata's presence in the back line will reassure Gattuso. 


Ricardo Rodriguez (CB) - Like Abate, Rodriguez is not a centre-back but is having to fill in whilst AC Milan's natural centre-backs recover from their respective injuries. Both Rodriguez and Abate will be relying on the experience of Zapata to guide them in their defensive positioning. 

2. Midfielders

Fabio Borini (RM) - The former Sunderland attacker has made four appearances in the Europe League this season and is expected to start as an attacking right wing-back on Thursday night. Borini certainly has the work rate to operate in this position and will be hoping to notch his first goal of the campaign.


Franck Kessié (CM) - The Ivorian powerhouse has been a mainstay in Gattuso's midfield this season. Kessié has made 15 appearances thus far this season, scoring two goals. In a fixture which could well decide AC Milan's fate in the Europa League, Kessié will surely start.


Tiemoue Bakayoko (CM) - The French midfielder endured a tough start to life at AC Milan following his loan from Chelsea in the summer. However, there have been signs of improvement in Bakayoko's performances and he was named AC Milan's man of the match in their 1-1 draw with Lazio. 


Diego Laxalt (LM) - His dogged work rate will be of great value to Gattuso's side on Thursday night. Laxalt will keep chipping away throughout the game and will be important for AC Milan in both the defence and the attack. 

1. Attackers

Hakan Calhanoglu (LW) - Despite having made 14 appearances in all competitions this season, the Turkish attacking midfielder has failed to score a single goal. However, Calhanoglu's wicked set piece delivery is hard to replace and he will undoubtedly cause Dudelange problems from dead ball situations.


Gonzalo Higuain (ST) - The Argentine's summer move from Juventus has produced the expected results. Higuain has netted seven goals in 13 games this season and will be hoping to notch a few more against a weak Dudelange side. ]


Suso (RW) - The former Liverpool winger has arguably been AC Milan's player of the season thus far. Cutting in from the right hand side, Suso has scored five goals in 16 games, but has also been a creative spark for Gattuso's side. The Spaniard will be expected to carve the Dudelange defence open on Thursday.