Unbeaten AC Milan plays host to in-form Verona on Saturday at San Siro with the Serie A game being tougher than the best soccer odds suggest.
Maignan Out 10 Weeks
AC Milan kicked off their season in style and they are sitting second in the Serie A standings with 19 points earned in seven games, just two behind leaders Napoli. The only match they dropped points was the one against Juventus (1-1 draw).
Rossoneri veteran Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who turned 40 this month, is back to training following his Achilles injury. He could be called up for this clash and probably play the last 30 minutes of the game if needed, but he is targeting to play against Porto next week in Champions League.
Young Portuguese striker Rafael Leao is Milan’s main weapon heading into this fixture. He can play both in a central position or left wing and already has scored three goals for the hosts. Milan confirmed goalkeeper Mike Maignan will be out for at least 10 weeks after suffering a wrist injury and being forced to undergo a surgery.
They moved fast by signing 38-year-old goalkeeper Antonio Mirante, who was a free agent after the end of his contract with Roma.
Seven other players have all joined the infirmary. Despite all their injury crisis, the latest soccer betting odds are suggesting AC Milan will have an easy task on Saturday against Verona being priced at -210.
Verona: New Coach, Better Results
Verona is way better than the odds suggest. They enjoyed a great summer transfer window, bringing in the likes of former Cagliari striker Giovanni Simeone, who netted two goals in the last two outings, and Frabotta from Juventus.
They had a poor start to their season, so they decided to sack manager Eusebio Di Francesco just three games into his tenure (three defeats), replacing him with Igor Tudor. The results started to come and the attitude on the pitch is very positive.
They are unbeaten in their previous four fixtures, winning two and scoring 12 goals in the process, which are great numbers for the team’s confidence.
It’s normal for them to be underdogs because the quality of their squad is still under Milan’s, but the betting lines are giving +570 for an away win, which is huge given the circumstances.
Still, there are many things to improve, but Tudor is adding more intensity and aggressivity with every single match and we expect them to upset many big names during this season. Tudor plays to win, he brings higher expectations and changes the mentality of the players both inside and outside the pitch, and the players work twice as hard to satisfy him.
AC Milan vs Verona Betting Picks
There’s no question about the difference in quality, but let’s not forget Milan’s huge injury issues and the fact that we are in between the international break and the European Leagues midweek action. AC Milan travels to play FC Porto on Tuesday in UCL and after two defeats in its first two games, they must win to keep their qualification hopes alive.
They had most of their players out for the international break while Verona and Tudor enjoyed two weeks off and trained hard to add more consistency.
The value is on Verona and we expect them to cover the +1 spread. They have goals in them and after netting 12 in their last four domestic fixtures, they will find the back of the net against Milan.
If you’re looking for a profitable prop, we suggest you take AC Milan’s Rafael Leao to contribute on the scoreboard. He is priced at +190 with the best online odds. Our main betting pick for this game is both teams to score.