The Champions League witnesses a real glamour tie on Wednesday night, when AC Milan host Barcelona. Italian dominance in Europe has faded over the last decade, though Milan remain a huge name in European football, but are they capable of containing the Champions League favourites, Barca?
Match: AC Milan v Barcelona
Competition: The Champions League
Kick Off: 19:45 20/02/2013 (GMT)
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AC Milan started their domestic campaign slowly, losing three of their opening four games. They have been on a steady curve of improvement since however, and have now lost just one of their last thirteen in Serie A. Their European form in the San Siro is underwhelming however, with two draws and a defeat recorded from their home group games. Opponents Anderlecht, Malaga and Zenit are not in the same class as Barcelona and all managed to take something from their trips to Italy.
Barcelona are tournament favourites and their form remains excellent. Twenty one wins from twenty four games in La Liga speaks volumes, and their Champions League record is equally dominant with four wins and a draw from their six group games. The one defeat in Europe, away at Celtic, may offer Milan some hope, but the Catalan giants are rarely kept out and an away goal is always the main objective for the away side in the first leg.
AC Milan Win 7.35 with Pinnacle
Draw 4.48 with Pinnacle
Barcelona Win 1.53 with most firms
Barcelona are rarely kept at bay, and that is reflected in Bet365′s price of 1.1 for Milan to concede. Over 2.5 goals is 1.68 with Pinnacle and Both teams to score is a best price 1.83 with BetVictor. One scoreline that both sides have become familiar with is 2-1. Milan have seen their games finish with that result on four occasions at home, while Barcelona have seen it three times away domestically. 2-1 to Milan is 26.0 and 2-1 Barcelona is 9.5 – both those prices are with BetVictor again.
Lionel Messi dominates the player markets and is just 1.61 to score anytime (Betfair). Eslewhere Pazzini (Likely to be on Milan penalties) is 4.33, or Jordi Alba and Dani Alves are 9.0 and 10.0 respectively with most firms. For those expecting a comfortable trip for Barca, the best HT/FT Barcelona/Barcelona price is 2.38 with Coral. Alternatively, they can be backed odds-against (2.28 with Pinnacle) to make up a -1.5 goal handicap.
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