Arsenal v Milan Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
March 12, 2018
Emirates - Europa League
Arsenal have a two goal lead to protect, as they host Milan looking to progress to the Quarter Final stage of the Europa League. The Rossoneri was stunned at the San Siro, but didn't let it knock their confidence, and proved it with a last minute winner against Genoa at the weekend.
Arsenal's victory at the San Siro came as somewhat of a surprise, given the sides' respective form. Despite starting on the back foot, Arsene Wenger's side fought there was back into the game with Henrikh Mikhitaryan scoring his first goal for the club, and Aaron Ramsey putting the game out of Milan's reach before the stroke of half-time.
Nacho Monreal has resumed training and should be fit for Thursday's game, as will Callum Chambers who recovered from cramp to feature as a substitute against Watford. Hector Bellarin is Wenger's only doubt for Milan's visit, with Alexandre Lacazette out until the sides return from the international break.
Davide Calabria only featured as a substitute in Milan's match against Genoa, having picked up a knock in the first leg against Arsenal. With Ignazio Abate injured and Andrea Conti yet to return following ACL surgery, Gattuso will hope that the young right back recovers in time for Thursday.
Arsenal v Milan Preview and Predictions
Having lost four consecutive matches before their game against Milan, Arsenal looked to be down and out. However, their win in Italy, followed by a 3-0 defeat over Watford at the weekend has resurrected the confidence of the side, and there will be optimism in North London going into the home fixture.
Milan have experienced quite the opposite, and had won six consecutive games before they were beaten by the Gunners. Their performance was worse than the result suggests, but despite struggling, Milan showed a strong mentality to win against a resolute Genoa on Sunday evening.
Wenger will have been watching by the match in Liguria at the weekend, as if he is able to succeed where Genoa failed, and keep Milan from scoring, his side will qualify comfortably for the next stage of the Europa League. However, given the performance of his side last week, the manager is unlikely to make any defensive changes to his side, instead hoping that they will outplay their opposition.
Without any eligible or fit forwards, Wenger will be forced to start Danny Welbeck; despite the Englishman going through a spell of poor form he is 9/5 to score on the night. Given his goalscorer's struggles the manager will rely, once again, on his midfielders to provide the offensive threat, whilst, more importantly keeping Milan at bay. It is in the centre of the park that this match is likely to be won, something that Gattuso certainly knows a thing or to about.
Mikhitaryan to score first at 23/10
The winger excelled in the last game, and is enjoying the freedom offered by him by Wenger.
Over 2.5 goals at 4/5
Milan will have to risk attacking if they want to win, and Arsenal should be able to take advantage of this.