Liverpool host AC Milan at Anfield in this opening Champions League fixture on Wednesday night. It’s a match-up with lots of history, while it’s also a crucial clash in what is an incredibly strong Group B which also contains Atletico Madrid and Porto.
Where and when: Anfield – 15 September, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Liverpool vs. Milan: BT Sport
Last time: These clubs haven’t met competitively since the 2007 Champions League final, where a Filippo Inzaghi brace handed Milan a 2-1 victory in Athens.
Liverpool v Milan Predictions and Preview
Milan may have secured a famous victory over Liverpool the last time they locked horns, but it was the English side who went down in history two years prior to that. The Reds produced a miraculous comeback from 3-0 down at half-time to eventually beat the Rossoneri on penalties in Istanbul, in one of the Champions League’s greatest ever games.
As such, this week’s fixture has a lot to live up to, and it certainly has the potential to do so. Milan may have been weekend by the loss of Euro 2020 Player of the Tournament Gianluigi Donnarumma and Turkish international Hakan Calhanoglu over the summer, but they still have a talented team with standout players including midfielder Franck Kessie and the evergreen Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
That duo is expected to be fit for this game after both recovering from injury, in what is a significant boost for Rossoneri coach Stefano Pioli. The visitors could still be without Olivier Giroud though, after the Frenchman tested positive for Covid-19 while on international duty.
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Liverpool to win and BTTS
Liverpool to win 2-1
Over 3.5 goals
Liverpool’s preparations in the immediate aftermath of the recent break have been thrown into turmoil after Brazil exercised their apparent right to see Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino all banned from playing for their club, who failed to release the trio for international duty thanks to the prolonged period of quarantine that would’ve been in store.
Jurgen Klopp will be most keen to have first-choice goalkeeper Alisson available for this game, while Harvey Elliot, Neco Williams, James Milner and Takumi Minamino could all be available after injuries. The Reds look a lot more like their old selves with Virgil van Dijk back in the side, and the Dutch defender’s tussle with Ibrahimovic promises to be fascinating.
This is a fixture which has the potential for fireworks. If it produces some, we could be in for over 3.5 goals at 6/4. If you’re more interested in the outright market, you can back the home team as the 8/15 favourites with William Hill in this Liverpool v Milan preview. The Rossoneri could yet prove excellent value at 5/1 with the same bookmaker, while the draw could also be of interest at 7/2.
One to watch for Liverpool: Diogo Jota has begun the new campaign in excellent form, netting two goals in his first three Premier League matches for the Reds, before also finding the target for Portugal against Azerbaijan. He is 9/2 in the first goalscorer odds in these Liverpool v Milan predictions.
One to watch for Milan: Zlatan Ibrahimovic may be on the mend following knee surgery and about to turn 40 next month, but the mercurial Swede remains as dangerous as ever. The former Manchester United man loves taking centre stage and is 11/2 to do so by netting the opener on Merseyside.
Long shot: A 3-3 draw to mirror the 2005 Champions League final may be improbable at 66/1, but it’s certainly not out of the question. You may prefer to back the visitors to repeat their 2-1 victory from the 2007 showpiece, which is priced at 19/1 in these Liverpool v Milan tips.