KICK off: 30 January 16:00
Information: Milan’s first-choice goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma comes back into the XI after being suspended in the cup, as Ciprian Tatarusanu – who deputised impressively against Inter – returns to the bench. Stefano Pioli will also restore Davide Calabria at the expense of Diogo Dalot and he should start alongside skipper Alessio Romagnoli and on-loan Fikayo Tomori in the back four. However, Matteo Gabbia, Ismael Bennacer and Simon Kjaer are all expected to miss out through injury, while Pierre Kalulu, Sandro Tonali, new signing Mario Mandzukic and Brahim Diaz are all struggling to be fit.
Hakan Calhanoglu still requires a negative COVID-19 test before he can return to the squad, so Samu Castillejo, Ante Rebic and Rafael Leao would form the supporting trio behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic (whose suspension only applies to next year’s Coppa Italia) in the Turkish playmaker’s absence. Only long-term absentee Federico Santander is set to be unavailable for Bologna, who should line up in their familiar 4-2-3-1 formation on Saturday. Three players continue to contest two spots in the Rossoblu engine room, with Sinisa Mihajlovic deciding between Jerdy Schouten and Mattias Svanberg to partner Argentina international Nicolas Dominguez. Up front, tireless veteran Rodrigo Palacio is once more expected to plough a lone furrow, with support coming from Roberto Soriano, Musa Barrow and Riccardo Orsolini.
Bologna possible starting lineup: Skorupski; De Silvestri, Danilo, Tomiyasu, Dijks; Dominguez, Schouten; Orsolini, Soriano, Barrow; Palacio
AC Milan possible starting lineup: Donnarumma; Calabria, Tomori, Romagnoli, Hernandez; Kessie, Meite; Rebic, Castillejo, Leao; Ibrahimovic
Prediction: Milan to win