Rock bottom Sparta Prague visit Europa League contenders Milan. The Czech outfit were thumped 4-1 by Lille on the opening round of Group H fixtures, while Stefano Pioli’s troops toppled Celtic 3-1. The Rossoneri are considered as one of favourites for the tournament alongside London clubs Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
Where and when: San Siro, Milan – 29 October, kick-off 17:55
Where you can see Milan vs. Sparta Prague: BT Sport Digital Exclusive
Last time: Legendary strikers Andriy Shevchenko and Pippo Inzaghi netted during the 4-1 triumph in March, 2004.
Milan v Sparta Prague Predictions and Preview
The Rossoneri are unbeaten in their last 22 matches in all competitions, and, after a substantial period in the wilderness, are remerging as a force on the domestic and European game. Milan are in irresistible form and deservedly sit top of Serie A, and also faring well on the continent.
Stefano Pioli will have to make do without goalkeeper and vice-captain Gigio Donnarumma and Jens Petter Hauge. The stopper tested positive on the eve of the contest with Roma and will be replaced by Ciprian Tătăruşanu.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Milan to win 2-0||13/2||Offer|
|Theo Hernandez to score anytime||3/1||Offer|
Diogo Dalot, Sandro Tonali and Rade Krunic are all pushing for starts after playing against Celtic. Much like fellow full-back Hernandez, the Manchester United loanee loves to get forward and is 23/4 to register anytime.
Talismanic figure Zlatan Ibrahimovic is 5/2 favourite to open proceedings and is reportedly close to penning a new deal. The improved contract would keep him at the club until 2022 and there would be little surprise if the legendary Swede led Milan to silverware over the next 18 months.
Hakan Calhanoglu has linked up wonderfully with Ibrahimovic and is 11/2 to break the deadlock. The number 10 is symbolic of the Rossoneri’s revival and is also close to extending his stay with the Italian giants.
Ante Rebic could hand the ex-Lazio and Fiorentina tactician a boost as he bids to step up his recovery from a dislocated elbow. The Croatian has been out for a month and may get a late run out. Milan are 1/3 to emerge triumphant on the night. Visitors Sparta Prague have taken maximum points from their first six league games and lead the way in the Czech First League.
Lukáš Juliš will be key to the Reds’ hopes and the striker is 10/1 to score first. The Chrudim native has struck on six occasions this term and has come up through the Sparta ranks. The travelling party are 7/1 to come away with the spoils and a draw is 9/2.
One to watch for Milan: There are already calls to make Brahim Diaz’s temporary move permanent and the silky Spaniard has impressed Pioli. The Real Madrid owned playmaker is 6/1 to bag the final effort.
One to watch for Sparta Prague: Libor Kozák has been around the block and will offer something different after the break. The former Livorno, Bari and Brescia ace is 23/2 to score last.
Long shot: Pioli has been bullish and is not prioritising a top four finish in Serie A over European glory. The Rossoneri are targeting success on both fronts and each clash is treated with the upmost respect. A convincing 4-0 outcome is 15/1, continuing an almost machine like routine and sequence of results.