Champions League Preview: AC Milan vs. Celtic

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Updated: September 12, 2013
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In the Champions League, betting tips from match experts, massive support from football enthusiasts, and widespread coverage from international broadcasters are all a normal part of the tournament’s culture. Especially when top-rank teams and football betting frontrunners like AC Milan and FC Celtic wrestle in the pitch for the silverware, buildups reach summits that they catapult substantial attention. For the said teams (who are current members of Group H), capping their September 18 tourney will be another tough task to fulfill, especially when they have to impress thousands of spectators who are ready to jam-pack the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Milan.

 

High hopes for Milan

Milan have a fluid prowess when playing at home, as seen in their last four matches in the Champions League (any round). The side have played at home in two of those occasions, and finished them both in victory. However, when the Rossoneri wore their visiting shirts, they have waned quite noticeably in the pitch. Wins over Barcelona 2-0 and PSV 3-0 at home were later translated into a defeat 0-4 and a draw 1-1, respectively, when they played as away. Nevertheless, Massimiliano Allegri’s men’s performances in the playoffs were enough to allow them to participate in the continental competition’s group stage.

 

Opportunities await Celtic

Celtic finished their the second qualifying round for the Champions League with a massive win over Cliftonville, bagging an aggregate score of 5-0. In the following round, the Scottish players narrowly defeated their Swedish rivals, Elfborg, after securing the lone goal in the first leg and drawing on a 0-0 tally in the second. In the playoffs, Neil Lennon achieved what he described to be his greatest achievement in his football coaching career. The Bhoys successfully secured a spot in the group stage after overturning a two-goal deficit from the first leg in their match against Kazakhstani Shakhter Karagandy. Goals from Kris Commons and Georgios Samaras cancelled out the 2-0 lead that Shakhter had from the first meeting, before James Forrest netted the winning goal in stoppage time.

 

The probable finish

The last time Milan and Celtic met in the Champions League was already six years ago, in 2007. They have dueled four times in that year, where Milan won both of their two home matches and drawn with Celtic in one away match. The latter was only able to win once out of those four, which they did at home. The Italian squad were later declared champions of that year’s edition of the Champions League.

 

For this upcoming tourney, the Italian players may be facing a major barrier to score impressive innings and hinder them from repeating their 2007 success. Two of the side’s full-backs have been sidelined due to groin and knee injuries. This means that coach Allegri will have to make major revising of his squad’s arrangement. For the Scottish warriors, this will serve as a good opportunity to dominate the clash. With a stable ensemble and a relatively agreeable form, Celtic are on track to a good finish. But the Italian brood still have a few key players to protect their title and remain a compact group that other clubs should be aware of. Hence, this match will end—in the most possible estimates—in a draw 1-1.

 

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