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Barcelona will look to open a five point gap at the top of Group H when they face AC Milan at the Nou Camp on Wednesday.

Barcelona are currently unbeaten in all competitions so far this season winning 13 games and drawing 4 of the 17 games so far in La Liga, the Champions League and the Spanish super cup.

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Tito Martino’s side currently sit one point clear at the top of the Spanish table and in conjunction to their unbeaten start to the season have not tasted defeat in their last 22 games.

Barcelona will head into the game with Alexis Sanchez displaying his best form since moving to Spain. The former Udinese forward has scored five goals in as many games.

The club will be without Jonathan Dos Santos (knee ligament), Jordi Alba (hamstring), Ibrahim Afellay (thigh) and Isaac Cuenca (knee) for the game.

AC Milan meanwhile may be second in the group and in contention to reach the knockout stages but domestically things have not gone to plan.

The club currently sit 11th in the Serie A table, 19 points behind leaders Roma and will head to Spain on the back of a 2-0 defeat to Fiorentina, their 5th in 11 game already this season.

The Italian side have not won on their last five visits to Spain and have yet to win away this season, losing three and drawing four on the road.

Massimiliano Allegri will travel to Barcelona without Stephan El Shaarawy (thigh) and Giampaolo Pazzini (knee) while Daniele Bonera won’t feature despite returning to training.

Defender Mattia De Sciglio could feature after playing against Fiorentina the weekend following a two month absence.

Allegri has been under pressure for much of the season but he will head into the game with the backing of Milan’s vice executive president and chief executive Adriano Galliani.

“Our side is worth more than what the league table suggests, Milan is a side on par with recent seasons and our ranking,” he continued.

“In the last 12 years, we have taken part 11 times in the Champions league. You cannot judge a club solely on the last game played. At the moment the results are not coming. But in these times my experience teaches me that we need to stay calm.

“As for the rest, we will analyse at the end of the season. There is absolute confidence in Allegri. Naturally, all coaches are dependent on results. If a coach constantly loses then obviously that isn’t good enough, but I don’t think that this will be the case for us.”

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.