AC Milan vs Barcelona – Pre-season friendly: TV channel, team news, lineups & prediction


AC Milan and Barcelona both wrap up their pre-season tours of the States by facing off in Las Vegas on Tuesday night.

It’s been just shy of ten years since these two European giants met in a competitive encounter, with both clubs enduring periods of turbulence and decline in recent times before rejuvenating at the start of the 2020s.

With the start of the 2023/24 season closing in, this will be one of the last opportunities for both Stefano Pioli and Xavi to properly assess their squads ahead of the fresh campaign.

Here’s our preview of the pre-season meeting between Milan and Barcelona, a repeat of the iconic 1994 Champions League final, in ‘Sin City’.

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Stefano Pioli is unlikely to make too many changes to the side that lined up against Juventus last time out, although we could see a change at right-back after Davide Calabria picked up an injury. Alessandro Florenzi will likely deputise for his compatriot.

Christian Pulisic is poised for another start alongside Olivier Giroud and Rafael Leao in attack, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek also continuing in midfield.

(4-2-3-1): Maignan; Florenzi, Thiaw, Tomori, T Hernandez; Loftus-Cheek, Krunic, Pobega; Leao, Giroud, Pulisic,

Xavi will likely be cautious regarding the fitness of both Andreas Christensen and Ilkay Gundogan, with the pair being forced off in the Clasico win.

With Inigo Martinez a doubt, Jules Kounde will likely partner Ronald Araujo at centre-back, while the versatile Sergi Roberto could be used at right-back.

Ousmane Dembele’s uncertain future leaves his status for this clash in doubt and we could see Abde Ezzalzouli earn another start after he impressed against Arsenal.

(4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Roberto, R. Araujo, Kounde, Balde; Romeu, De Jong, Pedri; Raphinha, Lewandowski, Abde.

It’s been a mixed bag for both clubs out in the States, but Barcelona quickly found their groove against Real Madrid after the start to their tour was disrupted by a virus outbreak.

That rustiness was reflected in the defeat to Arsenal, but they were rampant in the pre-season Clasico. Although, a couple of injuries could hinder Xavi’s side in Vegas. Milan have gone winless on the West Coast, but they’ve been more than competitive in their two outings.

Goals have been the theme this summer, and that trend should continue on Tuesday night in an entertaining score draw.

Prediction: Milan 2-2 Barcelona

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