GdS: Probable starting XIs for Milan-Roma – Pioli opts for continuity; big changes for Fonseca

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli is not expected to make any changes to the starting XI against Roma from the team that beat Lecce 4-1 on Monday.

La Gazzetta dello Sport (via MilanLive) are reporting that Pioli will stick with the 4-2-3-1 formation which has been most effective since the turn of the year.

Gianluigi Donnarumma will be in goal, protected by a back four of Andrea Conti, Simon Kjaer, captain Alessio Romagnoli and Theo Hernandez.

The Franck Kessie and Ismael Bennacer partnership will continue in midfield, with Samu Castillejo, Giacomo Bonaventura and Hakan Calhanoglu ahead of them from right to left and Ante Rebic as the striker.

Probable Milan XI (4-2-3-1): Donnarumma; Conti, Kjaer, Romagnoli, Theo Hernandez; Kessie, Bennacer; Castillejo, Bonaventura, Calhanoglu; Rebic.

Paulo Fonseca will respond with a similar approach, but he is likely to rotate the starting XI from Wednesday’s victory against Sampdoria.

In goal Mirante will start again, with a back four of Zappacosta, Mancini, Smalling and Kolarov from right to left.

Cristante will be preferred to Diawara in the midfield next to Veretout, with Kluivert, Pellegrini and Mkhitaryan ahead of them and Dzeko up front.

Probable Milan XI (4-2-3-1): Mirante; Zappacosta, Mancini, Smalling, Kolarov; Cristante, Veretout; Kluivert, Pellegrini, Mkhitaryan; Dzeko.

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