AC Milan go in search of their first Champions League victory of the season when they visit La Liga champions Atletico Madrid on Wednesday. Given the power their hosts possess, picking up that elusive first win is going to be very tough for the Rossoneri.
Where and when: Wanda Metropolitano – 24 November, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Atletico Madrid vs. Milan: BT Sport
Last time: Rafael Leao put Milan into a first-half lead when the teams met at San Siro in September, but Antoine Griezmann equalised for Atletico in the 84th minute to set the stage for Luis Suarez to score a dramatic 97th-minute winner for the Madrid club.
Atletico Madrid v Milan Predictions and Preview
This is do-or-die time for Milan, who know that nothing but a win against Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano will keep their Champions League dreams alive. Los Rojiblancos also have a lot of work to do though if they’re to reach the knockout stage.
With Liverpool already qualifying as group winners, these two teams are up against Portuguese outfit Porto for second place. Porto are away to Liverpool at the same time as this game, with a win for either Atletico or Milan likely to prove pivotal.
Before Milan host Liverpool in the final round of Group B fixtures and Atletico visit Porto, a huge three points are on offer here. A win for Atleti could leave them needing only a point next week, while a Milan victory could either knock both these teams out or ensure there’s hardly anything separating them heading into the last matchday.
Atletico are the 3/4 favourites for the win, as they bid to maintain their 100% record against Milan. The clubs have only ever met three times previously, with Atleti knocking the Rossoneri out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage in 2014, courtesy of a 5-1 aggregate victory en route to finishing as runners-up.
Los Rojiblancos have made an okay start to their title defence, although they’ve got work to do to catch up with local rivals Real Madrid, Sevilla and early leaders Real Sociedad. Diego Simeone’s side are uncharacteristically conceding more goals than usual this season, which is something they must sort out as quickly as possible.
Milan have a strong forward line this season, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic back to full fitness and leading the attack alongside Olivier Giroud. Rafael Leao, Brahim Diaz and Rade Krunic form the supporting cast, ahead of dynamic midfielder Franck Kessie.
The Rossoneri have made a sensational start to the Serie A season, going unbeaten through their opening 12 matches with 10 wins and two draws, prior to the international break. The visitors are 43/10 for the win in this Atletico Madrid v Milan preview, with the draw available at 3/1.
One to watch for Atletico Madrid: Luis Suarez scored a last-gasp penalty to down Milan in the reverse fixture, and you can rarely take your eyes off the spirited Uruguayan. He is the 15/4 favourite to open the scoring in these Atletico Madrid v Milan predictions.
One to watch for Milan: Zlatan Ibrahimovic is another man who invariably commands attention. The mercurial Swede is back to full fitness and can be backed at 5/1 to break the deadlock on Wednesday night.
Long shot: Atletico won 4-1 the only previous time these clubs have locked horns in the Spanish capital. A repeat of that scoreline is 31/1 in these Atletico Madrid v Milan tips, but a repeat of the 2-1 win from the reverse fixture looks much likelier at 15/2. With Suarez scoring first, those odds rise to 34/1.