Many soccer enthusiasts are likely happy that AC Milan is finally back in the UEFA Champions League. I mean, the competition is simply better with the Rossoneri in it. Now, AC Milan is out to prove it truly belongs among the European elite and that isn’t going to be easy.
AC Milan’s journey will begin on the road against the 2019 champions and one of the best teams in the world. Liverpool has had an amazing start of the season and is glad to welcome back AC Milan. Especially after what happened the last time they met.
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and soccer lines for Liverpool vs AC Milan. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider!
Game: Liverpool vs AC Milan
Location: Anfield, Liverpool
Time: Wednesday, 3 p.m. ET
Television: beIN Sports
Live Stream: fuboTV
UEFA Champions League Betting Lines
|Liverpool||-1 -135||-220||3 -110o||1½ -190o/+155u|
|AC Milan||+1 +115||+575||3 -110u||½ -195o/+160u|
Head to Head
- Previous Matches: 2
- Liverpool Victories: 0 (4 goals)
- AC Milan Victories: 1 (5 goals)
- Draws: 1
Believe it or not, Liverpool and AC Milan have only met twice. Curiously enough, both were in the UEFA Champions League Final. First, Liverpool won an epic battle in 2005 after overcoming a 3-0 deficit. Two years later, AC Milan took revenge with a 2-1 victory.
Overall, AC Milan owns a 12-15-17 against English teams. On the other hand, Liverpool owns a 16-6-16 record against Italian teams.
Why Bet on Liverpool?
The Reds are one of the favorites to dethrone Chelsea and they have had a great start of the season. They’re in third place in the English Premier League with 10 points with a 3-1-0 record, nine goals for and only one against. Only one goal against in the English Premier League is stunning.
Offensively, Mohamed Salah leads the team in scoring with three goals. Liverpool’s offensive unit also includes Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota. Defensively, the Reds have improved thanks to Virgil van Dijk being back. He’s considered one of the best center-backs in the world.
Most recently, Liverpool defeated Leeds United 3-0. The win was overshadowed by a serious injury to Harvey Elliott in the second half.
“We could have been a lot more clinical, put the game to bed earlier and really probably scored a lot more goals. However, in times like this it’s not about the result,” said Trent Alexander-Arnold after the game.
He’s right, about everything. Liverpool could have scored more goals and almost always does. The Reds never settle and that’s why you should include them in your soccer picks. Also, the health of a player is more important than any result. Nevertheless, dedicating this game to Elliott could be motivation enough for the whole team.
Besides Elliott, Roberto Firmino and Takumi Minamino are doubtful due to injury. Their expected lineup is Allison; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jason Matip, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Thiago, Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita; Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Sadio Mane.
Why Bet on AC Milan?
No matter what scores and odds say, AC Milan will always be one of the European top clubs. Now it has the chance to prove it on the field while facing the best in the continent. It is in the Group of Death along with Atletico Madrid and FC Porto.
AC Milan also started the season on the right foot, sharing the Italian Serie A first place with AS Roma and Napoli thanks to a 3-0-0 record, seven goals for and only one against. Most recently, AC Milan faced Lazio and won 2-0 with goals from Rafael Leao and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Having Ibrahimovic healthy means the world to AC Milan. His influence on and off the field can’t be underestimated. AC Milan’s midfield is very talented as well, including Sandro Tonali, Franck Kessie and Brahim Diaz.
Defensively, they haven’t missed Gianluigi Donnarumma thanks to Mike Maignan. The French goalkeeper adapted really fast and has become another leader in the locker room.
They also started the season 3-0 against the spread and 1-2 over/under. They haven’t had too many opportunities in front of goal, but they’ve been very effective. That’s always a good thing, especially when playing on the road in the Champions League.
Tiemoue Bakayoko and Rade Krunic are doubtful due to injury, but the rest of the team is ready to go. Their expected lineup is Mike Maignan; Davide Calabria, Simon Kjaer, Alessio Romagnoli, Theo Hernandez; Sandro Tonali, Franck Kessie, Alexis Saelemaekers, Brahim Diaz, Rafael Leao; Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Final Analysis, Predictions
I love the fact that AC Milan is back in the Champions League. However, I don’t think the team is ready to beat a powerhouse such as Liverpool. AC Milan will put up a fight, but that won’t be enough. I expect Liverpool to dominate possession and the visiting side to play on the counter-attack.
Expect Zlatan Ibrahimovic to put up a show, but he can’t win games alone. Both sides will score and the total will go over.
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Score Prediction: Liverpool 3, AC Milan 1