AC Milan welcome Porto for their Champions League Group B clash on Wednesday two weeks after the Dragons beat the Italians 1-0 in Portugal. The Rossoneri are still searching for their first win in the competition and sit bottom of the group, while Sergio Coincencao’s men have four points from their opening three games.
Where and when: San Siro – 3 November, kick-off 17:45
Where you can see Milan vs. Porto: BT Sport
Last time: Luiz Diaz scored the only goal as Porto as Sergio Coincencao’s men earned a hard-fought 1-0 win over Milan at Estadio Do Dragao on October 19.
Milan v Porto Predictions and Preview
Milan will be looking for revenge on Wednesday evening when Porto will visit San Siro for the second clash between those two teams in Group B in the Champions League. The Portuguese side beat the Rossoneri 1-0 in Week 3 two weeks ago and put Stefano Pioli’s men at the bottom of the group.
The Italians were rather unlucky to lose both of their previous games, after suffering a 3-2 defeat away to Liverpool, before a controversial penalty allowed Atletico Madrid to steal a 2-1 win from their trip to Milan. This means that the Rossoneri must win the return leg against Porto if they want to keep their chances for second place and Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s return might boast their chances.
The Swede scored his first goal in the 4-2 win over Bologna since recovering from an Achilles’ problem, but injuries continue to torment Pioli’s side. Mike Maignan will be out for at least one more month, so Ciprian Tatarusanu should start in goal, while Alessandro Florenzi, Ante Rebic, Samu Castillejo, Junior Messias and Fode Ballo-Toure are all recovering from various knocks and might miss out.
Despite their struggles in Europe, Milan have been fantastic domestically, winning nine of their opening 10 games in Serie A, drawing only away to Juventus. The Rossoneri are currently joint-leaders, alongside Napoli, and will be looking to bring in their impressive form into the Champions League.
However, Milan’s last win in the competition dates back from 2013, when they beat Celtic 3-0 away from home. Nevertheless, the Rossoneri are 23/20 to win against Porto on Wednesday
Sergio Coincencao’s men have seven wins and two draws after nine games in the Portuguese Primeira League and sit second, behind arch-rivals Benfica. Porto drew 0-0 away to Atletico Madrid in their opener before being swept aside by 5-1 by Liverpool.
One to watch for Milan: Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s injury didn’t impact Milan’s start of the season in Serie A, but the Swede was sorely miss in the Champions League, especially in the 1-0 defeat in Portugal. With Ibra getting close to full fitness the Rossoneri’s attack will look much more dangerous, so watch out for him to break the deadlock against Porto.
One to watch for Porto: Mehdi Taremi will be looking to add to his tally of nine goals in 13 appearances for Porto on Wednesday evening. The Iranian forward scored one of the two goals for Porto in the Champions League this season and is a one to keep an eye on in the first scorer market.
Long shot: Milan and Porto exchanged 1-0 wins in their last two meetings, so a repeat of that result can’t be written of. A 1-0 victory for the Rossoneri is available at 13/2, while the odds raise even further if you add Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the scorer.