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AC Milan v Barcelona

Last Updated: 14/02/13 9:16am

Two sides with enviable records in Europe go head-to-head in the UEFA Champions League, with AC Milan set to play host to Barcelona in the first leg of their last-16 encounter on Wednesday.

Milan, second only to Real Madrid when it comes to continental prizes, have lifted the famous trophy on seven previous occasions - with the last of those coming in 2006/07.

Barcelona, meanwhile, are four-time winners and strong favourites to add a fifth title to their roll of honour in 2013.

The last time they got their hands on the silverware was in 2010/11, and this season's final returns to the scene of that triumph - Wembley Stadium.

Milan and Barcelona should need no introduction to one another, as they met in the knockout stage of the Champions League as recently as last season. In fact, they squared up on four occasions last term, having also been paired together at the group stage.

Barcelona flexed their muscles to win when it mattered most, winning at the San Siro in the group stages and the Catalan giants ran out 3-1 in the second leg of the two sides' quarter-final match-up at the Camp Nou.

Milan, then, would appear to have it all to do, especially as they stumbled into the last 16 this season - winning only two of their six fixtures in Group C.

In contrast, Barcelona made light work of their qualification campaign - with a shock 2-1 defeat to Celtic at Parkhead the only setback they suffered en route to topping Group G.

Barca can also claim to be in the better domestic form heading into the San Siro clash, with a commanding lead established at the top of the Primera Liga, while Milan find themselves languishing a long way off the pace in the Serie A title race and sweating on a place in next season's Champions League.

Form has a tendency to go out of the window, though, in knockout competition and history suggests that there is little to choose between two sides who know precisely what it takes to go all the way.

Watch AC Milan v Barcelona exclusively live on Sky Sports 2 HD and Sky Go from 7pm on Wednesday 20th February in Sky Sports' flagship High Definition coverage.

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