AC Milan vs. Barcelona: Preview and TV schedule

Claudio Villa

AC Milan head into Tuesday's Champions League game against Barcelona just hoping to avoid humiliation.

Poor AC Milan coach Max Allegri must be sick of the sight of Barcelona. Having met them in the Champions League every season since 2011, the rossoneri host those pesky Catalans at the San Siro again on Tuesday. Milan won 2-0 when these sides met in Milan last season, though Barça responded with a rather emphatic 4-0 win in Spain to send the Italians crashing out of the tournament.

It's difficult to see Milan repeating last season's heroics with such a big injury list. First-choice goalkeeper Christian Abbiati will miss out, while arguably the rossoneri's two best players -- Mario Balotelli and Stephan El Shaarawy -- are also among those sidelined. What's more, they've had a terrible start to the season, and only managed a 1-1 draw away at Ajax in their first group game.

For La Liga leaders Barça -- who struggled to a 1-0 win over Celtic in their opening group game -- only Ibrahim Afellay and more importantly Jordi Alba are sidelined. That means we'll get to see Philippe Mexès and Cristián Zapata desperately trying to keep out Neymar and Lionel Messi, and I doubt it'll be pretty.

AC Milan injuries and suspensions

Out: Daniele Bonera (knee), Giampaolo Pazzini (knee), Mario Balotelli (thigh), Stephan El Shaarawy (foot), Mattia De Sciglio (match fitness), Christian Abbiati (calf). In doubt: None.

Barcelona injuries and suspensions

Out: Ibrahim Afellay (thigh), Jordi Alba (hamstring). In doubt: None.

Projected lineups

AC Milan: Marco Amelia; Kévin Constant, Philippe Mexès, Cristián Zapata, Ignazio Abate; Sulley Muntari, Nigel De Jong, Riccardo Montolivo; Robinho, Alessandro Matri, Valter Birsa.

Barcelona: Víctor Valdés; Adriano, Marc Bartra, Gerard Piqué, Dani Alves; Andrés Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Xavi; Neymar, Lionel Messi, Alexis Sánchez.

Match Date/Time: Tuesday, 8:45 p.m. local, 2:45 p.m. ET

Venue: San Siro, Milan, Italy

TV: Fox Sports 1 (U.S. - English), Fox Deportes (U.S. - Spanish), Sportsnet (Canada), Sky Sports 4/HD (U.K.) Sky Calcio 1 (Italy).

Online: Fox Soccer 2Go (U.S.), Sportsnet World Online (Canada).

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