AC Milan can surely count on three more points as they go in search of Europa League football against relegated Benevento at the San Siro on Saturday night. The visitors have actually won more recently than the Rossoneri, with Gennaro Gattuso’s side without a victory in over a month.
Where and when: San Siro – 21 April, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Milan vs. Benevento: BT Sport, William Hill live streaming
Last time: Benevento snatched their first ever Serie A point when the teams met at the Stadio Ciro Vigorito in December, courtesy of a late equaliser in a 2-2 draw.
Milan v Benevento Predictions and Preview
With Milan now five games without a win, there ought to be no better opponent for them to face than Benevento. In their first season in Serie A, the Campania minnows have amassed just 14 points, with all of those coming since the start of December.
That first meeting between the sides was Gattuso’s first game in charge of Milan, and it was goalkeeper Alberto Brignoli who incredibly scored his team’s historic 95th-minute equaliser. This game has a lot to do if it wants to live up to the drama of that match, although Benevento recording their first Serie A away win at the San Siro would be some story.
If you think that shock result could be on the cards, you can get odds of 29/2. However, despite their recent struggles and patchy form all season, there’s no surprise that Milan start the game as heavy favourites in the betting, priced at 1/4.
To get some more value out of the hosts, look at bets including a Milan win to nil at 11/10. If you fancy a second draw of the season between the teams, then you can back a stalemate at 6/1. Milan were leading at half-time in that first meeting, with another Milan/draw half-time/full-time bet available at 28/1.
When he takes his place in the home dugout, Gattuso will be without Alessio Romagnoli and Andrea Conti, who are out with respective thigh and knee injuries. Visiting boss Roberto De Zerbi meanwhile has Guilherme Costa Marques and Luca Antei on the treatment table.
A place in next season’s second tier European competition is hardly what Milan’s new owners envisaged at the start of the campaign, but as we reach the end of the season that’s the only remaining target. With just three points separating the sixth-placed Rossoneri and Fiorentina in ninth, this is a must-win for the home team.
One to watch for Milan: Patrick Cutrone has 15 goals to his name in his first full season, although less than half of those have come in Serie A. The 20-year-old forward is the 4/1 favourite to score first.
One to watch for Benevento: Cheick Diabate has seven goals in six games since joining on loan in January, and the red-hot Mali striker could be tempting at 14/1 to break the deadlock on Saturday.
Long shot: A repeat of the 2-2 scoreline from December is priced at 25/1. Add Cutrone to your bet as the first scorer, and the odds increase to a massive 80/1, while it’s 100/1 with Diabate opening the scoring.