After a 2-0 defeat to Inter in the Champions League semi-final first leg, Spezia vs AC Milan on Matchday 35 of the 2022/23 Serie A campaign has taken on greater importance for the Rossoneri, with a top-four finish looking the more likely route back into the competition.
However, with the Aquilotti having recently slipped into the Serie A relegation places, the Rossoneri will face a tough test at the Stadio Alberto Picco on Saturday afternoon and cannot risk resting players with the aim of aiding their hopes of progression in continental competition.
Spezia vs AC Milan: Predicted line-ups
Milan loanee Daniel Maldini remains absent through injury and will miss the chance to score against the Rossoneri, just as he did in the first encounter this season at the Stadio San Siro, and the hosts will miss fellow attacker Kevin Agudelo through suspension.
After failing a fitness test just before their Champions League clash, striker Rafael Leao could be available for the Milanese giants, but coach Stefano Pioli may not risk him before the second leg and Ismael Bennacer is unlikely to feature after limping off against Inter in midweek.
Spezia predicted XI vs AC Milan (4-3-3): Dragowski; Amian, Wisniewski, Nikolaou, Reca; Bourabia, Ampadu, Bastoni; Nzola, Shomurodov, Gyasi.
AC Milan predicted XI vs Spezia (4-2-3-1): Maignan; Calabria, Thiaw, Tomori, Hernandez; Krunic, Tonali; Saelemaekers, Diaz, Messias; Origi.
Spezia vs AC Milan: When does the Serie A fixture start?
The Serie A Matchday 35 fixture of Spezia v AC Milan kicks off at 15:00 CEST – local time in Italy – making it a 14:00 BST kick-off in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
In the United States, kick-off of Spezia vs AC Milan is 11:00 EDT or 06:00 PDT.
Spezia vs AC Milan: Where to watch the Serie A fixture?
In the United States, every Serie A game in 2022/23 can be seen on Paramount+, including Spezia vs AC Milan and the other standout fixtures of Serie A Matchday 35.
In the United Kingdom, the match will not be televised due to the broadcast blackout.