The two sides fought out a 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture in September. Picture - Reuters.

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The highlight fixture of Wednesday's Uefa Champions League action takes place at the San Siro where reigning champions Barcelona take on AC Milan.

Both sides have already qualified for the knockout stages, in Group H, and this fixture will decide who tops the group. Barcelona will progress as group winners if they avoid defeat, as they are two points clear of Milan. The Italians, on the other hand, need a victory to leapfrog Barca on the night and a win or draw, depending on other results, in the final group match in a fortnight to top the group.

Inevitably, the pre-match focus will be on Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic who had a less than happy time at Barcelona, before he was loaned out to Milan in 2010. He made the move permanent, earlier this year, before his autobiography was published, in which he blasts Barcelona in more ways than one.

However, Barca midfielder Sergio Busquets adopted a sensible view of the matter.

All has been said already,'' said Busquets. We are playing against Milan, not against Ibrahimovic.

It will be the same for Ibrahimovic too, a game against Barca and not against a former team-mate.''

The Swede missed the reverse fixture at the Nou Camp, back in September, when Milan earned a 2-2 draw.

After a slow start to the season, Milan are on an unbeaten run of eight games, while winning six home games on the trot in all competitions. Barcelona, meanwhile, are on a 20 game unbeaten run. However, they aren't fully convincing, which is saying something, and are trailing leaders Real Madrid by three points in the Spanish League.

With both teams in the middle of their unbeaten runs, it is sure to be a cracker. Ibrahimovic, for one, will be looking to show Barca what they missed out on.

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Barcelona will be without their instrumental midfieder, Andres Iniesta, who was injured during Barca's 4-0 win over Real Zaragoza during the weekend. The Catalans will also be without Adriano and Ibrahim Afellay while Dani Alves is suspended.

AC Milan will miss out on the services of Mathieu Flamini, Gennaro Gattuso and Antonio Cassano, all of whom are injured, while Philippe Mexes is doubtful.


Despite their unbeaten run, Barca haven't been as unconvincing as they were last season. With Milan having home advantage, expect them to secure a hard fought 2-1 win over the Catalans.