Champions League: AC Milan v Real Madrid Preview and Team News
The two most successful clubs in European football history meet when AC Milan look to avenge their defeat by Real Madrid in the Bernabeu a fortnight ago.
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Madrid lead the group on nine points after the 2-0 win which left Milan level with Ajax on four points facing a worrying second half to the group stage.
Bookmakers aren’t too optimistic about Massimiliano Allegri’s chances of exacting revenge on the Spanish giants with bet365 offering odds of 11/5 for a Milan victory.
Milan are third in Serie A, having lost second place to Inter when beaten 2-1 at home to Juventus on Saturday.
Allegri has been playing down that loss saying: “Sometimes football tells lies,” and claiming his team lost to two lucky goals while deserving more than one goal from the 23 shots peppered at the Juventus keeper.
Milan had some of their big guns missing on Saturday; Ronaldinho, Zambrotti, Ambrosini and Thiago Motta will all be available on Wednesday having recovered from their knocks.
Allegri confirmed Massimo Oddo has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a thigh injury picked up in training and Daniele Bonera is doubtful after sustaining a knock on his left shin which forced his substitution on Saturday.
Much is expected of Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic as he gets to know his new team-mates after coming in on loan from Barcelona at the start of the season.
The Swedish striker has scored three times for his new club and online bookmaker Unibet is offering odds of 13/2 for Ibrahimovic to score first against he club managed by his former boss.
Jose Mourinho knows all about the threat posed by the Swede from their time at Inter and the ‘Special One’ will have faith his Madrid team has the ability to shut out the prolific marksman.
Mourinho has the squad of players available that have proved unbeatable so far this season; the injured Kaka, Garay and Gago have not played this season while Mourinho has left Lassana Diarra behind despite his recovery from a groin injury.
Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring in the Berbabeu when the sides met two weeks ago, since then he has scored six times with four against Racing Santander and a brace against Hercules on Saturday.
Unibet are offering odds of 5/4 for Ronaldo to score at anytime and 9/2 to score the first goal of the game.
Possible starting lineups:
AC MILAN: Abbiati, Antonini, Silva, Nesta, Zambrotta, Seedorf, Pirlo, Gattuso, Robinho, Ibrahimovic, Pato.
REAL MADRID: Casillas, Marcelo, Pepe, Carvalho, Ramos, Ronaldo, Alonso, Ozil, Khedira, Di Maria, Higuain.