Last season, Chelsea dispatched Olivier Giroud in order to sign Romelu Lukaku. Giroud ended up scoring 14 goals for AC Milan in all competitions while the Blues ended up sending Lukaku back to Inter Milan.
Now, the Frenchman is back and eager to show Chelsea’s front office that they made a serious mistake when AC Milan pays a visit for Wednesday’s Champions League match. Curiously enough, the Blues are the soccer betting favorites even though they haven’t won. In other words, tempting underdog alert.
Let’s check the latest UEFA Champions League odds, stats, injury reports, and UEFA Champions League lines for Chelsea vs AC Milan . We’ve plenty of Vegas UEFA Champions League odds for you to consider.
Chelsea: Turning Things Around
Thomas Tuchel is out, Graham Potter is in and Chelsea has already returned to the winning column. The Blues defeated Crystal Palace 2-1 on Saturday thanks to a late goal scored by Conor Gallagher. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also scored.
Coming from behind to get the three points allowed them to regain some confidence, something they really needed. Now, the Blues must do the same in the UEFA Champions League, in which they remain winless.
That’s right, Chelsea is dead last in Group E after losing 1-0 to Dinamo Zagreb and drawing 1-1 to RB Salzburg. So why are the Blues the favorites at -140? Well, not having lost in their last 10 home games has a lot to do with it. That streak includes victories over Leicester City and West Ham United, and a thrilling draw against Tottenham.
“It’s a massive challenge for us and an exciting challenge for us. We’ll try for three points. It’s important to win but we’re playing against a top opponent. So, we have to play well and create a good atmosphere. We’re looking forward to it,” said Potter to the press.
Jorginho is doubtful, but Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Trevoh Chalobah can replace the Italian and still make the midfield look good.
AC Milan: It’s Time
Yes, AC Milan are undefeated, but the Rossoneri haven’t faced a powerhouse like Chelsea. It’s time for the Rossoneri to prove they truly belong among the elite.
Doubts arose after they lost 2-1 to Napoli. The Azzurri are in command of Serie A, but still. AC Milan bounced back on Saturday thanks to a 3-1 victory over Empoli. The best news is that Ante Rebic returned from injury and scored. Fode Ballo-Toure and Rafael Leao also scored.
Regarding the UCL, the Rossoneri drew 1-1 in Salzburg thanks to a goal scored by Alexis Saelemaekers. Later, they played host to Dinamo Zagreb and had no trouble fulfilling their role as betting online favorites with a 3-1 victory. Saelemaekers scored again. This time, Giroud and Tommaso Pobega joined him.
Like Jorginho, Theo Hernandez is doubtful, but that doesn’t change the fact that AC Milan are a very tempting underdog, especially at the +375 price they’re offering in the sportsbook. A victory at Stamford Bridge would allow them to put one foot in the Round of 16 and that should be enough for them to go all-in right from the start.
Chelsea vs AC Milan Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 5
- Chelsea Victories: 1 (5 goals)
- AC Milan Victories: 1 (5 goals)
- Draws: 3
This series couldn’t be more even, but they haven’t met since the 1999-00 season, in which they also collided in the Group Stage of the UCL. The first leg in London finished with a goalless draw while the second in Milan finished 1-1.
Overall, the Blues own a 10-9-11 record against Italian teams, while the Rossoneri are 12-15-19 against English clubs.
Chelsea vs AC Milan Match Information
- Date: Wednesday, Oct. 5
- Time: 3 p.m. ET
- Location: Stamford Bridge, London
- Chelsea vs AC Milan Live stream: fubo.tv
Chelsea vs AC Milan Betting Lines
Chelsea vs AC Milan Prediction
Potter is a great manager, but he’s not a wizard. Chelsea’s victory over Crystal Palace had more to do with luck than anything else, and AC Milan are considerably better than Palace. Don’t get me wrong, the Blues will put up a good fight, but not enough to win. The Rossoneri are one of the best teams in the world when it comes to playing on the counter-attack. Therefore, I expect a highly entertaining draw, which is precisely my soccer prediction for Wednesday’s clash in London.
Score Prediction: Chelsea 2, AC Milan 2
The odds in this video are based on the time of publication. They are subject to change