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UEFA Europa League Match Preview: Austria Wien vs AC Milan

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MATCH DETAILS

Austria Wien vs AC Milan
UEFA Europa League, Group D
Date: Thursday 14th September 2017
Kickoff: 18:00 UK, 19:00 CET
Venue: Ernst-Happel Stadion

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PREVIEW

As the Europa League group stage games kicks off this Thursday, Milan will travel to face Austria Wien in group D as they both hope for good starts.
Austria Wien did well in last season’s Austria Bundesliga, they were the runners-up. This season they haven’t started as expected as they are currently 4th in the table after 7 games. AC Milan had an unforgettable summer transfer as they bought new 11 players including the likes of Leonardo Bonucci and Lucas Biglia amongst others, they are now playing Europa League stage instead of Champions League as they qualified for European football for the first time since 2014. And they are among the favorites to go for glory in this season’s campaign.
Milan had a less struggle qualification as they defeated Shkendija 7-0 on aggregate during the playoff. However, Austria Wien cane through with away goal rule as they drew 2-2 with Osijek in the playoff.

AUSTRIA WIEN VS AC MILAN: HEAD TO HEAD

This will be the first ever meeting between the two sides However, Wien haven’t had much of luck against Italian sides wining just once in 12 games.

AUSTRIA WIEN VS AC MILAN: TEAM NEWS

For Austria Wien, Robert Almeria, Lucas Venuto, Alexander Grunwald and Vessel Denmaku are injured and out of this game. Ricardo Rodriguez, Fabio Borini and Andrea Conti have been left out of Milan’s squad to face Austria Vienna on Thursday. Rodriguez and Borini have seemingly been omitted on technical grounds, while Conti is still recovering from an ankle injury. Consequently, the Swiss’ place at left-back is likely to be filled by either Luca Antonelli or Davide Calabria. A replacement for the left wing is not so clear-cut, although the likes of Giacomo Bonaventura and Hakan Calhanoglu can play there.

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PROBABLE LINE-UPS

Austria Vienna (4-1-4-1): Handzikic; De Paula, Kadiri, Westermann, Martschinko; Serbest; Tajouri, Holzhauser, Prokop, Pires; Monschein.
Milan (3-4-1-2): Donnarumma; Musacchio, Bonucci, Romagnoli; Abate, Kessié, Biglia, Rodriguez; Calhanoglu; André Silva, Kalinic.