It’s the opening round of the Europa League group stages and in this article, we focus on matters in Glasgow where Scottish Premiership champions Celtic take on Italian Serie A giants AC Milan. This tussle is scheduled for a 20:00 GMT kick-off and will be shown to a bumper live TV audience.
These teams have played each other a total of 10 times in the past with AC Milan dominating the head-to-head stats. The current scores show the Italians have won six times with three games ending in a draw and Celtic managing only one win.
Bhoys battered by Gers
Celtic suffered the hurt of an Old Firm defeat at home to bitter rivals Rangers on Sunday which rates as the worst possible preparation for this game. Neil Lennon’s side may have enjoyed home advantage over Steven Gerrard’s troops, but they were played off the ball and dominated in every department. A double from defender Connor Goldson ensured the points headed back across the city to Govan at full-time.
Not only did Celtic lose to Rangers at Parkhead, but they also failed to register a single shot on target in the 90 minutes with visiting goalkeeper Alan McGregor little more than a spectator. Everyone in the home dressing room knows much better is required here or they could lose again, and it could be an even heavier defeat than the one at the weekend.
AC won the Milan Derby
AC Milan are top of the Italian Serie A having won each of their first four league games. They have impressed in the opening exchanges and supporters will allow themselves to dream of a title challenge. As well as fighting for position in Serie A, Milan will also want to reach the knockout stages of the Europa League.
AC Milan were last seen in action recording a stunning 2-1 win over Inter in the Milan Derby on Saturday. A double from Ibrahimovic was enough to see off a reply from Lukaku and maintain their perfect start. Confidence is high in the away dressing room.
Celtic vs AC Milan prediction
The pressure is on Celtic to bounce back from that weekend defeat and they will be fired up for this game. AC Milan are high on confidence and will be determined to carry their Serie A form into this competition.
Europa League betting
Celtic are 4.38 to win with AC Milan priced at 1.79 and the draw 3.74
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