AC Milan to upset the odds and reach the Champions League Quarter Finals?
We’re at the halfway point of the Atletico Madrid v AC Milan tie following a tight 90 minutes of football at the San Siro that saw AC Milan beaten by an 83rd minute winner by Diego Costa, top scorer for the Spanish side this season. Milan will need to up their game if they are to upset the odds and reach the Quarter Finals of this season’s Champions League, but can they win at the Estadio Vincente Calderón where so many have failed this season and book a place in the last eight of the competition?
Atlético Madrid – 1.45
Draw – 4.40
AC Milan – 6.80
(All odds provided by GR88.com are accurate as of today and subject to change)
If AC Milan are to turn this tie around and book their place in the Quarter Finals of the Champions League, they will need to play much better than they did in front of their own fans as Atlético have suffered just a single defeat in 22 home matches this season. On top of this only failed to win on four further occasions with only Barcelona, with two draws, Real Madrid, claiming a win and a draw, and Sevilla, who recorded a 1-1 draw, being the only sides to avoid defeat this season. The big question is, are AC Milan as good as Real Madrid?
They certainly need to be if they are to progress to the Quarter Finals, but with just a win over fellow mid-tabled side in the Italian Serie A to their name since suffering that 1-0 Diego Costa aided defeat to Atlético three weeks ago. They have played a further two games against Juventus and Udinese and they have been defeated without a goal being scored. Their overall away record does not make good reading for fans of the Rossoneri as they have won just twice on the road since the start of December and this match is certainly not going to be one of the easier games for them.
I feel that the odds for this match are correct as the Spanish side are by far the better side and they sure to let loose in this second leg knowing that they have an away goal already to their name to aid their progression. In Diego Costa and David Villa they have one of the most lethal strike pairings in Spain and they are both hitting form at the moment, so they will confident of more goals in this second leg match. I feel that they’ll score well on home soil thanks to them having ample opportunity to find the net as Milan push forwards themselves.
Back Atlético Madrid to beat AC Milan by at least two goals (Atlético -1) in this Champions League clash @ 1.74 with GR88.com.