A mouthwatering Champions League clash at San Siro sees Serie A giants AC Milan play host to La Liga champions Atletico Madrid. It could be a classic under these famous old floodlights, while also bearing key permeations in this group.
Where and when: San Siro – 28 September, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Milan vs. Atletico Madrid: BT Sport
Last time: These clubs haven’t met since being drawn together in the Champions League round of 16 in 2014. Atletico went through comfortably, following up a 1-0 victory in Milan with a resounding 4-1 triumph back in Madrid.
Milan v Atletico Madrid Predictions and Preview
Atletico Madrid went on to lift the La Liga title a couple of months after these teams last played each other. Los Rojiblancos are the reigning champions of Spain once again, while Milan have failed to win a major trophy since those meetings just over seven years ago.
The Rossoneri have awoken from their slumber over the last year or two though, finishing second in Serie A last season and making a solid start to the new campaign. Stefano Pioli’s side went through their first five games unbeaten, winning four, ahead of their trip to Spezia on Saturday.
Atletico made it to six unbeaten in their last midweek fixture, also winning four, ahead of their visit to Alaves at the weekend. The Spanish outfit are also undefeated after their opening Champions League fixture, even if their goalless draw at home to Porto was pretty disappointing.
Milan’s trip to Anfield to play Liverpool was much more entertaining, although the Rossoneri eventually went down 3-2 against the Premier League outfit. As such, Il Diavolo are bottom of Group B at this early stage, but there’s a long way to go yet.
The home team are 2/1 with William Hill to bounce back with what would be one of their most impressive victories of recent years in this Milan v Atletico Madrid preview. The Rossoneri may have to do without strikers Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Olivier Giroud though, while Tiemoue Bakayoko, Rade Krunic, Davide Calabria and Alessandro Plizzari are also injured.
Atleti will be without Thomas Lemar due to a muscle injury, but Geoffrey Kondogbia is expected to be available to Diego Simeone. The biggest problem for the visiting boss is how to fit Luis Suarez, Antoine Griezmann, Joao Felix, Yannick Carrasco and Angel Correa all into the same team, or at least how to manage the minutes across his talented forward line.
The visitors have a strong squad though and are the 13/8 favourites to pick up the win at San Siro. If you think this game will end in a draw, that’s available at 9/4. There’s a chance this could be a cagey game, with a bet against both teams scoring coming in at even money. Atletico are 10/3 to win to nil, with a narrow 1-0 away victory priced at 7/1 and mirroring the score the last time Los Rojiblancos visited Milan.
One to watch for Milan: Rafael Leao is under pressure to perform up top for the Rossoneri, with his more experienced strike partners continuing to struggle with fitness problems. The Portuguese forward is available as long as 8/1 to open the scoring in these Milan v Atletico Madrid predictions.
One to watch for Atletico Madrid: Luis Suarez netted a late brace to seal Atletico’s comeback victory away to Getafe in their last midweek fixture. The Uruguay striker is back in the goalscoring groove and the 5/1 favourite to break the deadlock on Tuesday night.
Long shot: Although a close 1-0 appears the more likely result in this game, if you fancy a goal fest to match the last time these teams met, another 4-1 Atleti win is 100/1 in these Milan v Atletico Madrid tips. With Suarez scoring first, those odds rise to 401/1.