The tie of the round in this week’s Europa League schedule sees Serie A giants Milan host Scottish champions Celtic at the San Siro on Thursday evening. The visitors are suffering a nightmarish run of form right now and will be eliminated from this competition if they fail to win this match, while the Rossoneri still have work to do to qualify from Group H.
Where and when: San Siro – 3 December, kick-off 17:55
Where you can see Milan vs. Celtic: BT Sport
Last time: Rade Krunic, Brahim Diaz and Jens Petter were all on target as Milan cruised to a 3-1 victory at Celtic Park in October, with Mohamed Elyounoussi’s strike for the Hoops proving to be a mere consolation.
Milan v Celtic Predictions and Preview
Milan were a class apart from Celtic when these teams clashed in Glasgow six weeks ago, and the Bhoys have got a monumental task in front of them if they want to retain any interest in the Europa League beyond this game. Failure to win would eliminate the under-siege Scottish side from the tournament.
That would be a second cup disappointment inside a week for Celtic, after the Hoops were humiliated 2-0 at home by Ross County in the Scottish League Cup on Sunday. That result has left manager Neil Lennon fighting for his job, with a host of names already linked with his position.
Indeed, the Northern Irishman may not even be in charge by the time this game kicks off. Whether he is or not, Celtic face a tough challenge at the San Siro. Milan have been in superb form this season, and are riding high at the top of the Serie A table after nine matches.
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The Rossoneri are yet to lose in the league, winning seven times, and have a five-point lead over local rivals Inter Milan who are currently second, with Juventus a point further back. However, the home team may be without the talismanic Zlatan Ibrahimovic for this game, with the in-form Swedish striker an injury doubt along with Ismael Bennacer, Samu Castillejo and Rafael Leao.
Celtic, meanwhile, are expected to be missing Leigh Griffiths and James Forrest for the trip to Lombardy, as well as David Turnbull and Michael Johnston. Even with a fully-fit squad, this Milan v Celtic preview is a daunting proposition for the visitors.
The Bhoys have lost their last four matches against Milan, with their consolation earlier in this group their only goal in that sequence. Yes, that run may stretch back to 2007 when the likes of Kaka, Cafu, Andrea Pirlo, Clarence Seedorf and Filippo Inzaghi were playing for Milan, but the Rossoneri are in great shape right now and huge favourites for the victory.
Il Diavolo are 2/5 to win the game, and put their disappointing double-header against Lille behind them. Celtic are available at 36/5, although the draw would probably look to be the likelier result if the away team are to spring a surprise. The stalemate is 9/2 in the latest Europa League odds for this game.
One to watch for Milan: In the absence of Ibrahimovic, Ante Rebic led the Milan line in their 2-0 victory over Fiorentina at the weekend. The Croatian is a talented and often underrated player, and well worth a look at 4/1 for the first goal on Thursday.
One to watch for Celtic: Mohamed Elyounoussi scored in the first meeting between these teams this season, and has seven goals in his last nine appearances for the Hoops. He could prove exceptional value at 17/1 to break the deadlock in these Milan v Celtic predictions.
Long shot: Milan’s last home game against Celtic was in the Champions League group stages in 2013. The Rossoneri beat Fiorentina by the same scoreline at the weekend, and have scored eight goals in their last four fixtures – an average of exactly two per game. Milan are 15/2 to win this match 2-0, rising to 44/1 with Rebic scoring first.