Celtic begin their Europa League campaign with a tough home game against Serie A outfit AC Milan on Thursday night. Whether these two clubs can be classed as traditional European heavyweights, fallen giants or something in between, this promises to be a fascinating encounter.
Where and when: Celtic Park – 22 October, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Celtic vs. Milan: BT Sport
Last time: Kaka opened the scoring and Mario Balotelli was also on target, as Milan beat Celtic 3-0 in Glasgow the last time the teams locked horns back in 2013.
Celtic v Milan Predictions and Preview
Britain’s first-ever European Cup winners Celtic play host to seven-time European champions Milan. This may be in the continent’s second-tier tournament, but it’s still a mouthwatering match-up nonetheless. It’s also a clash both teams will be keen to win, as they eye a good start to their Europa League campaigns.
Milan certainly bring the current and past pedigree into this game, having made a strong start to their Serie A campaign. Stefano Pioli’s side beat local rivals Inter 2-1 at the weekend, and are top of the Italian top flight with a 100% record after four matches.
Celtic, meanwhile, suffered a painful 2-0 defeat to Old Firm rivals Rangers in their local derby at the weekend. That was their first defeat in their first 10 matches, leaving the Bhoys second in the Scottish Premiership table after eight wins and a draw in their other fixtures.
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The Rossoneri have won each of the last three meetings between these sides without conceding a goal, with the same bet potentially providing good value in the latest Celtic v Milan predictions for this week’s encounter. Celtic did beat Milan 2-1 at Celtic Park in 2007 though, their sole victory in eight attempts against the Rossoneri in the last 16 years.
Milan are the odds-on favourites to enhance their strong record against the Hoops with a win on Thursday, priced at 10/11 with William Hill. Celtic are available at 10/3, while you can back the draw in this game at 14/5.
One to watch for Celtic: Albian Ajeti was only fit enough to be on the bench against Rangers on Saturday, but the Swiss forward should start here. He is 7/1 to mark his return to the starting XI with the opening goal.
One to watch for Milan: Zlatan Ibrahimovic continues to defy the laws of physics, rattling in two goals in last weekend’s Milan derby to prove once more that age is just a number. The 39-year-old Swede is the 3/1 favourite to break the deadlock here.
Long shot: Milan beat Celtic 3-0 the last time these teams met, and the Rossoneri are certainly capable of repeating that result this week. The visitors are 17/1 to repeat that scoreline, rising to 71/1 if you add Ibrahimovic as the first scorer.