Line-ups: Empoli-Milan

by | Sep 23, 2014 19:03

Milan aim to get back on track after Juventus with Fernando Torres and Marco van Ginkel starting against Empoli.

The Serie A midweek round kicks off at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), click here for a match preview.

Milan aim to get back on track after Juventus with Fernando Torres and Marco van Ginkel starting against Empoli.

The Serie A midweek round kicks off at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), click here for a match preview.

The Rossoneri’s dream start to the season ground to a halt with their 1-0 home defeat to Juventus on Saturday night.

It was a performance that had President Silvio Berlusconi complaining they “didn’t do what I told them to.”

The injury list remains extensive with Diego Lopez, Michael Essien, Alex, Riccardo Saponara and Riccardo Montolivo unavailable.

Daniele Bonera returns from his ban, while Torres is given his first Serie A start following a substitute appearance against Juve.

Fellow Chelsea loaner Marco van Ginkel also gets his debut in midfield, while the trident attack is completed by Keisuke Honda and Jeremy Menez.

Empoli are newly-promoted from Serie B, where they finished second behind Palermo, but are without a win yet this season.

The Tuscans failed to score in defeats to Udinese and Roma, but on Saturday fought back from 2-0 down for a draw with fellow new boys Cesena.

Levan Mchedlidze is still injured with veteran Massimo Maccarone not 100 per cent fit, so Pucciarelli again partners Francesco Tavano.

It’s a special game for Simone Verdi, as the 22-year-old trequartista grew up in the Milan youth academy.

He is currently co-owned by Milan and Torino, but spending this season on loan at Empoli.

The Rossoneri have never lost this fixture in Serie A, winning five and drawing four.

Empoli: Sepe; Laurini, Tonelli, Rugani, Mario Rui; Vecino, Valdifiori, Croce; Verdi; Tavano, Pucciarelli

Empoli bench: Pugliesi, Bassi, Perticone, Barba, Hysaj, Bianchetti, Moro, Signorelli, Guarente, Zielinski, Maccarone, Rovini

Milan: Abbiati; Abate, Bonera, Zapata, De Sciglio; Van Ginkel, De Jong, Muntari; Honda, Torres, Menez

Milan bench: Agazzi, Gori, Mexes, Rami, Zaccardo, Albertazzi, Armero, Poli, Bonaventura, El Shaarawy, Niang, Pazzini

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