AC Milan host Bologna in Serie A on Saturday afternoon in what could prove to be an intriguing Serie A clash. While the hosts did not have the best of starts to their title defence, having earned a win and a draw from their opening two matches, they showed champions’ mettle last weekend. Milan were not in full swing against Atalanta last time out, needing a spectacular equaliser from Ismael Bennacer to salvage a point from the feisty encounter and extend their unbeaten run.

Having said that, Stefano Pioli will be pleased with a point against a European regular and with the Rossoneri’s resilience on that difficult away trip. However, he will want his attacking players to be more precise in the final third since there were plenty of opportunities to win the game last time out.

Bologna earned their first point of the campaign in a 1-1 draw against Hellas Verona last Sunday, but they came close to claiming all three points after Riccardo Orsolini’s well-worked goal was ruled out for offside late on in the game. Manager Sinisa Mihajlovic will be hoping to kick on from what was a relatively positive showing last time out.

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Despite an impotent attacking display last time out, Pioli looks set to keep faith with the same XI here, although new recruit Charles De Ketelaere may earn his first start after shining off the bench in the first two games, with Brahim Diaz likely to be the one to make way for the Belgian wonderkid.

Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1): Maignan; Hernandez, Tomori, Kalulu, Calabria; Tonali, Bennacer; Leão, De Ketelaere, Messias; Rebić


Much like his counterpart in the Milan dugout, Bologna boss Sinisa Mihajlovic is unlikely to make drastic changes in his starting line-up with no fresh injury concerns ahead of this fixture against his former club, but there will be one forced change up front.

Probable Lineup (3-4-1-2): Skorupski; Medel, Bonafazi, De Silvestri; Cambiaso, Schouten, Dominguez, Kasius; Soriano; Arnautović, Sansone