UEFA Europa League Celtic vs AC Milan Preview

Following the starting of a new season of the Europa League, Celtic and AC Milan are set to lock horns in the 1st Matchday in the tournament on Thursday, 22nd October 2020, in Celtic Park stadium. The match between the two teams is set to kick off by immediately 20:00 GMT.

The host is looking forward to reverting the shameful defeat bestowed upon them by Rangers in a premiership game on Saturday, 17th October 2020. Celtic was shamefully defeated at home by their opponent in their last match, playing two without the host’s reply.

In the match, the visiting team had nine shots on goals, out of which five were on target. Connor Goldson scored two goals for Rangers, leading to their victory against Celtic.

On the other hand, AC Milan has been trending with an undisputed record, adding Inter Milan to their victory list on Saturday, 17th October 2020, in Italy-Seria A match playing two against 1.

In the challenging 90 minutes game, AC Milan had 45% ball possession with 11 shots on goals while four were on target. Zlatan Ibrahimović netted-in the two goals for AC Milan in the 12th and 16th minutes of the game.

Following the head-to-head statistics of the two teams from February 2007 to date, we can see that AC Milan takes the lead with four wins while their opponent has one win, with a stalemate between the two teams.

Looking at the form guide of the two teams, we can see that AC Milan is trending with an unbeaten record of 5 wins in 5 matches defeating Inter Milan, Spezia, Crotone, Bodoe, and Bologna. The visiting team, on the other hand, has four wins and a loss in 5 matches.

Celtic, who has been an undisputed champion in the last six or more matches before Rangers destroyed their unbeaten record with a shameful defeat on Saturday, playing two without reply at Celtic Park.

AC Milan is likely to stick to their lucky-charm formation strategy against their host on Thursday. We should expect Zlatan Ibrahimović to play against Celtic due to his excellent performance in their last match against Inter Milan.

However, despite the absence of Léo Duarte, who has been confirmed positive for Coronavirus, and others on injuries, Stefano Pioli’s squad is still filled with dangerous players to do the job ahead of them.

Celtic players like Ryan Christie, Hatem Elhamed, and Nir Bitton will not be playing due to their health status as they tested positive for the contagion.

Match Prediction

Looking at AC Milan’s performance in their last matches, we think they should add Celtic to the victory list on Thursday, playing three without a reply from the host. This will not look good on the host as they are looking forward to getting something to comfort them from their last loss.

We predict a match odd of 1.91 for the visiting team to defeat their opponent at home, 4.52 for the Celtic to win, and 3.78 for a stalemate.

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