European Heavyweights Face Off

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Barcelona and Milan face off for the fourth time this season. Image courtesy of
AC Milan  travel to the Nou Camp on Wednesday morning (AEST) knowing that a score draw against title holders Barcelona  will be enough to send them through to the semi-finals of the Champions League. The teams couldn’t be split in Italy last week, with the first leg of their quarter-final ending in a scoreless draw. It is highly unlikely that this clash will finish scoreless however given Barcelona’s recent record at home. They have scored eleven goals in their past two home matches in this competition- including seven in the round of 16 rout of Leverkusen – and are unbeaten in 14 home games, with that run including twelve wins. Cesc Fabregas and Carlos Puyol should return after being rested on the weekend, although Xavi is doubtful with a calf strain.

Defender Thiago Silva and midfielder Mark van Bommel are both unavailable for Milan but the visitors are likely to be boosted by the return of Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato who hasn’t played since February.

When these teams met here in the group stage of the competition in September, the match ended in a draw .

Bayern Munich  host Marseille  in the day’s other Champions League clash with the Germans holding a two goal advantage courtesy of their 2-0 win in France last week.

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