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The next twist in Champions League Group E will come on Tuesday as Chelsea travel to Italy to face AC Milan.

The Blues climbed up into second in the group with an emphatic 3-0 thumping of the Rossoneri at Stamford Bridge, leapfrogging Milan on goal difference and setting up a fascinating encounter between the two sides just six days later.

A loss would be huge for either side at this point in the competition, with group leaders Red Bull Salzburg looking to pull further away at the top when they face Dinamo Zagreb.

Here’s all you need to know about this game.

AC Milan vs Chelsea H2H results

Current Form (Last Five Games)

AC Milan team news

Mike Maignan, Alessandro Florenzi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Junior Messias, Simon Kjaer, Davide Calabria and Alexis Saelemaekers all remain out through injury, but the positive news for Milan fans is the return to fitness of left-back Theo Hernandez.

A one-time target for Chelsea, Theo managed 90 minutes against Juventus and is likely to start this one as well.

AC Milan Starting XI (4-2-3-1): Tatarusanu; Dest, Kalulu, Tomori, Hernandez; Bennacer, Tonali; Krunic, Diaz, Leao; Giroud

Bench: Jungdal, Mirante, Coubis, Gabbia, Gala, Pobega, Brahim, Rebic, Origi

Chelsea team news

Just as quick as N’Golo Kante was back in training, the midfielder was nowhere to be seen as the Blues took to the field on Monday, sparking fears of yet another injury setback.

Also out of the session were Wesley Fofana, who picked up a knee problem after scoring last week, and forward Hakim Ziyech, whose absence has not yet been explained.

Chelsea Starting XI (3-4-2-1): Kepa; Chalobah, Silva, Cucurella; James, Kovacic, Gallagher, Chilwell; Mount, Sterling; Aubameyang

Bench: Mendy, Bettinelli, Azpilicueta, Zakaria, Jorginho, Chukwuemeka, Loftus-Cheek, Pulisic, Broja, Havertz

It’s easy to look at Chelsea’s 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge last week and predict something similar here. In reality, that result was little more than an anomaly for an AC Milan side who, while yet to match the heights of last season, are far better than that result would suggest.

The return of Theo will hand Chelsea fans a real what-if taste of Milan’s left wing and will do a lot to make this match much more competitive, as will the San Siro atmosphere. This isn’t a walk-over for Chelsea by any means.

Both teams are good enough to win this and inconsistent enough to lose this. A draw sounds about right.

Prediction: AC Milan 1-1 Chelsea

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