Shamrock Rovers welcome heavyweights Milan in the Europa League second-round qualifier. The tie will be contested over one-leg and the League of Ireland Premier Division leaders will relish the occasion. Elsewhere, Stefano Pioli’s troops have recruited well in the off-season and have big ambitions both domestically and on the continent this term.
Where and when: Tallaght Stadium, South Dublin – 17 September, kick-off 19:00
Where you can see Shamrock Rovers vs. Milan: Not broadcast live
Last time: Thursday’s encounter will mark the first meeting between the clubs.
Shamrock Rovers v Milan Predictions and Preview
The Hoops are in stellar form. Stephen Bradley’s squad have won nine of their 11 league games as they bid to reclaim the title from Dundalk. Rovers currently hold an eight-point cushion over their rivals and do have goals in the ranks.
Aaron Greene averaged one in three last year and is on course for a similar return in the present campaign. The striker arrived on a free transfer from Bray Wanderers and is 4/1 to register anytime. The hosts are 18/1 to pull off a shock victory, the biggest in the club’s history and a stalemate at the 90th minute is 17/2.
Travelling party Milan are building something special under Pioli. The well-travelled tactician was only brought in to steady the ship but was a revelation in the dugout and fully merits his permanent position as Rossoneri boss.
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The Parma native was able to keep Hernandez, Ismael Bennacer, Alessio Romagnoli and Gigio Donnarumma at San Siro, while Ante Rebic and Zlatan Ibrahimovic penned deals and add star power upfront. Sandro Tonali joined from Brescia and is destined for the very top.
The playmaker, who models his game on idols Andrea Pirlo and Gennaro Gattuso, was a target of Juventus and Inter and is the Azzurri’s standout young talent. Tonali will be eased in to the action with Bennacer and Franck Kessie at the base of midfield, while Hakan Calhanoglu, Samu Castillejo and Daniel Maldini will support Ibrahimovic.
Calhanoglu was arguably the best player in Serie A after the restart and is 6/5 to score anytime. The Turkey international contributed 11 strikes and nine assists from 38 appearances and has flourished under Pioli’s guidance.
In further good news for the Rossoneri, talisman Ibrahimovic returned to first-team training at the beginning of the week and is 13/8 to open proceedings. Milan are overwhelming 1/14 favourites on the night.
One to watch for Shamrock Rovers: Only Patrick Hoban has scored more than Graham Burke in the Irish top flight and the local lad is 5/1 to notch anytime.
One to watch for Milan: Brahim Diaz recently arrived from Real Madrid in search of regular game time. The diminutive Spaniard can play anywhere across the midfield and forward positions and is 11/2 to bag the final effort.
Long shot: While the champions, Antonio Conte’s Nerazzurri, Roma and Lazio work around the clock to bring in reinforcements, Milan are largely settled. For the first time in a number of years, the Rossoneri go in to a new season with stability and much optimism, and will be expected to make light work of Shamrock Rovers. A 5-1 thrashing is 14/1.