Group H leaders Milan take on fellow Europa League hopefuls Lille on Matchday 3. The rejuvenated Rossoneri put three past both Celtic and Sparta Prague, while Christophe Galtier’s troops have collected four points from their first two fixtures. The hosts are unbeaten in their last 24 matches in all competitions.
Where and when: San Siro, Milan – 5 November, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Milan vs. Lille: BT Sport ESPN
Last time: Remarkably, the sides have never met in competitive action.
Milan v Lille Predictions and Preview
The Rossoneri come in to the contest fresh from another Zlatan Ibrahimovic inspired display. The Swedish superstar’s stunning outrageous kick and assist for Franck Kessie ensured Milan retained their place at the top of Serie A and the 39-year-old is leading a genuine title charge.
Ibrahimovic has already struck on eight occasions this term, with seven coming in the league and is 10/3 to break the deadlock on Thursday.
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|Theo Hernandez to score first||16/1||Offer|
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Hakan Calhanoglu will line up behind the evergreen hitman and is 15/8 to net anytime. The playmaker is out of contract in the summer and while there are no immediate concerns over his future, Manchester United have been strongly linked to his services over the last fortnight.
The German born ace will be flanked by Ante Rebic, who made his return to the pitch in the 2-1 success over Udinese. The versatile attacker had been out for over a month with a dislocated elbow and makes the Rossoneri even more dangerous going forward.
Rebic is 27/5 to open proceedings, while Diogo Dalot, midfield sensation Sandro Tonali and Rade Krunic could all come in from the first whistle. The loanee from Manchester United laid on an assist for Rafael Leao in the clash with Sparta Prague and also got on the scoresheet. Dalot is 11/2 to register anytime and Milan are 7/10 to emerge triumphant.
Visitors Lille are second in Ligue 1 and have a formidable defensive record. Les Dogues have only conceded four goals from nine domestic rounds of action and also carry a good threat offensively.
Burak Yilmaz has plundered in the goals over the last decade and will partner Jonathan Ikoné up top. The Antalya native is 11/1 to give Lille a shock lead and the travelling party are 7/2 to claim the spoils. A stalemate is available at 13/5.
One to watch for Milan: Brahim Diaz has dazzled since moving on loan from Real Madrid and there are growing reports the Rossoneri already want to make the deal permanent. The Spaniard is 11/2 to notch the final effort.
One to watch for Lille: Renato Sanches has rebuilt his fledgling career in France after struggling under the weight of expectation at Bayern Munich. The Euro 2016 winner is 12/1 to bag last.
Long shot: Pioli is understandably thrilled with his men but what will please the well-travelled tactician more is the consistency of performance. The Rossoneri boss tends to rotate and refresh his eleven for European games but the outcome has been no different. A 3-0 victory against an accomplished outfit is 13/1.