Speculation is that Antonio Conte will opt for Mirko Vucinic to partner Carlos Tevez in attack against Benfica tonight.
Attention heading into the Europa League semi-final first leg at the Estadio da Luz had been on Tevez and his availability from the first minute, as he continues his recovery from a thigh injury.
However, reports are growing that the surprise may be in who he partners in attack from kick-off, with it seen that Conte is leaning towards Vucinic, ahead of Fernando Llorente.
With consideration to Benfica’s first-choice defensive pairing of Luisao and Ezequiel Garay both standing over 6ft, the Bianconero tactician is believed to be favouring a move to a more ‘unpredictable’ partnership of Tevez and Vucinic.
Tevez’s physical fitness, meanwhile, has reports also suggesting that the in-form Sebastian Giovinco will likely be handed some playing time off the bench as his replacement.
Think you know your Italian football? Share your knowledge, tips and comments to win cash prizes in OLBG's tipster competition - £11,000 to be won monthly!