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A 3-5-2 or more accurately a 3-5-1-1 looked smoother, more confident and effective vs Udinese and week 4’s 2-1 win was one to add some optimism. The questions before the match also centered around Andre Siva’s omission – in favour of Kalinic – as the Portuguese had just come off a hat trick performance in the Europa League game in Vienna. In any event Kalinic delivered a brace and was a VAR review away from a hat trick himself.
Newly promoted SPAL 2013 visit the San Siro for this midweek game. One question before this match has been if Montella will stick with Kalinic or give a start to Silva and the answer has been given. Silva will start. The other question is if Suso is suitable for the in behind the striker role. Versus Udinese Suso didn’t look at his best and misplaced passes. Indications are that Suso will start again but perhaps the formation will be tweaked and include both he and Calhanoglu behind Silva. This would sacrifice Bonaventura and make it a 3-4-2-1. Kessie and Biglia would form a solid spine with Calabria and Rodriguez around them. The defensive trio will remain Musacchio, Bonucci and Romagnoli but Zapata has a chance to start as well.
The SPAL 2013 team features three names familiar to Milan fans. Marco Borriello, Bartosz Salamon and Alberto Paloschi are members of the Emilia-Romagna based team and may all start.