An intriguing clash awaits at the San Siro on Thursday evening as Italian giants AC Milan welcome French outfits Lille for the Group H match.
AC Milan have built on a strong finish from the second half of last season to begin this season with aplomb. They are undefeated in all competitions so far and perched at the top of the Serie A with five wins and a draw in their six matches. They have also won both of their opening group H games in the Europa League picking up wins away at Celtic and at home against Sparta Prague.
Their incredible run of form can be attributed to the form of their mercurial forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Like fine wine, he is in the form of his life, banging in seven goals in his 4 games this season and that is despite a few games while quarantining after contracting the virus.
He scored the winner in the 2-1 win at Udinese at the weekend and Stefano Pioli will be looking at him to lead the lines yet again in this crucial match.
Like their hosts, Lille also boast of their own unbeaten run this season. They are second in Ligue 1, a couple of points off leaders PSG after 9 matches. They were disappointed not to claim all three points at home against Lyon at the weekend, in a game they not only dominated from start to finish, but Lyon also played most of the second half with 10 men.
They appear to be feeling the strain of a congested fixture list with games coming in fast and furious. That draw against Lyon was their third stalemate on the bounce in all competitions, following draws at Celtic and against Nice.
Getting back to winning ways against one of the form teams in Europe is a tough act. But they have shown they have the fight in them this season to make this a competitive game.
A lot will be on the line as these teams go to battle at the San Siro. Both teams have had an unbeaten start to the season in their respective league campaigns as well as in this Europa League group. This should make for an exciting and intriguing encounter. Their league records aside, it is the battle for the control of the group that should fire up their laurels. The winner here will certainly be in prime position to assert dominance in the group. We expect an attacking fest and with the form of both team’s forwards particularly in recent matches, both teams to score @ 1.72 with Bwin looks like a decent shout for our initial betting tip for this game.
Milan have been even more devastating when playing at home. They’ve scored the first goal in 9 of their last 10 home games and won 9 of those 10 games too. We fancy them to keep this record going by scoring the first goal here @ 1.53 with Bwin betting app as our final call for this game.
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