In what is likely to be the biggest European transfer event of the season, all eyes will be on Milan to see if they can turn their fortunes around, with the Rossoneri looking to make their second consecutive appearance in the Europa league final.
They’ll need all the help they can get though as they are without a win in their last five matches, the first loss of their season, and with the team looking at the prospect of missing out on the Europa prize for the first time since 2008, they have plenty of room to turn things around.
Milan are in a strong position to make the final as they have won all five games they’ve played so far this season, with all of their away games being in Serie A, and they also boast the best record in Europe at the moment, having only conceded 10 goals in their previous four games.
A draw in the final would be a great result and it would give the Rossonei a good chance of progressing to the knockout stages of the competition, which would be their third successive appearance in a competition they have qualified for.
If Milan manage to get their hands on a first-half equaliser against Bayer Leverkusen, the Bianconeri will be looking to secure a top-two finish for the second time in four years, having been knocked out in the quarter-finals by Liverpool in March.
The Reds have struggled to find form this season and their last three matches have been their worst since 2013-14, when they failed to beat Inter Milan in a match they should have won 2-1.
However, they did manage to win two of their last four matches, including a 1-0 win against Wolfsburg last weekend.
With the club in a better position to pull it off, a draw would be expected and a goal in the second half would be welcomed.
As for the Milan midfield, Graziano Pelle and Giorgio Chiellini will both miss the game due to injury, while Gennaro Gattuso has returned to the starting XI after an eight-match absence due to a calf problem.
While both players have featured in the Rossones last four, the former is unlikely to be available, as he is away with his national team.
Chiellinis absence will be a concern for Milan as he was part of the team that won the Champions League, but his form in Serie B has not been as strong as the Argentinian’s, so a draw is likely.
Finally, it will be interesting to see how the Milan defence performs against Bayer, with a lack of numbers in the midfield and a lack in the attack to go with it, and a win would give them confidence heading into the match.
It would be another first for the Rossoni, who were last seen going down 2-0 to Bayern Munich in the semi-finals of the Europa competition in 2010.
All of that will depend on how the Rossona handle their home clash against Bayer.
This game will be the final game of the year for Milan, as they return home to play Atalanta on Sunday.