Two giants of European football go head-to-head in what could be a fascinating encounter on Wednesday evening, as AC Milan welcome Barcelona to San Siro. Both sides are reigning champions of their respective leagues and served up an excellent game at Camp Nou earlier this season.
Barcelona dominated that game but goals from the Rossoneri in the first and last minutes of the game were decisive as they stole a 2-2 draw from their trip to Catalunya.
The Italians played a very narrow system in a bid to frustrate Barca but it looked to have failed as the hosts overturned an early deficit to lead going into stoppage time. However, Thiago Silva popped up at the death to gift the Italians a vital point.
Both clubs are all but qualified and with a draw guaranteeing that both would progress to the knockout stages of the competition, the price of a stalemate might tempt some at 3.50.
Neither will be settling for anything but a win though, knowing that finishing top will mean avoiding Europe's biggest hitters in the second round. A Milan victory would put them level with the Cules and with a better head-to-head record.
You can always guarantee that Milan will be organised but they are certainly weaker than the reverse fixture, since Antonio Cassano's illness has now ruled him out for a number of months.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic will thus be charged with most of the goalscoring responsibility against his old club. The big Swede is facing the Catalans for the first time since the publication of his autobiography which revealed the extent of his disdain for Barca boss Guardiola.
He is 8.50 to open the scoring, a very good price considering he is the host's top scorer and they have home advantage.
Ibra has been directly involved in four of Milan's last five goals in this CL, scoring three and delivering one assist. You can back him at 3.25 to score during the game or a mighty 51.0 to really punish his old club with a hat-trick.
Barcelona do look stronger and the influence of Cassano will be missed by the hosts at San Siro. Massimiliano Allegri will set his side out to frustrate his high-profile visitors and giving them a +1 on the Asian Handicap whihc may pay at 2.05 considering their defensive record at home - suggesting they will only lose by one if they do get edged out.
Best Bet: Zlatan Ibrahimovic to score anytime @ 3.25
Value Bet: Ibrahimovic to score two or more @ 12.0
Match Odds; Milan 5.0, Draw 3.50, Barcelona 1.73 (William Hill)
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