Gone are the heady days of European dominance for the famous name of AC Milan, who look set to be roughed up and dumped out by one of the continents rising stars, starting with defeat to Atletico Madrid at the San Siro.
A straightforward away victory for Atletico holds attraction here at 6/5 given the mediocrity which has defined 12/5-shots Milan this season, while 11/5 denotes the draw.
Given the club’s stature Milan are by no means makeweights in this tie, as even though they currently lie in ninth in Serie A their fortunes have improved since appointing club legend Clarence Seedorf as manager.
However, the team they come up against here are simply stronger, as Atletico are currently locked in a 60-points three-way with Barcelona and Real Madrid at the summit of La Liga and were only one of two sides to have qualified for the knock-out stages having amassed 16 points.
Despite a recent wobble which saw them lose to their city rivals in both legs of the Copa del Rey, Atleti have combined the twin traits of success throughout this season of scoring plenty and conceding few.
The group stages were a fine example of this, where Diego Simeone’s side racked up 15 at a healthy average of 2.5 goals per game and shipped just three.
Armed with this knowledge and the interesting trend which has developed for Milan at the San Siro of scoring exactly once in their last four games, it could well be worth exposing the coupled correct score market here.
The 11/2 about the 2-1 or 3-1 victory for Atleti stands out like a British gold medallist at the winter Olympics.
However, if you’re looking for a positive Milan bet, look no further than the charismatic Mario Balotelli to fire the Rossoneri’s goal at odds of 7/4 after bagging four in his last five.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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