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With the Rossoneri in defensive disarray, the price of 6/5 for an exciting Rojiblancos side looks too good to turn down

It is a measure of the work done by Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid that the Rojiblancos head to San Siro to take on seven times champions of Europe, AC Milan, as the clear favourites.

William Hill price the side from the Spanish capital at 6/5 (2.20) to claim a first-leg victory and, despite a small blip in recent weeks, Atletico remain one of the most effective sides anywhere on the continent.

Everyone in the team is fully conscious of their role and they attack and defend as a ferocious unit. Milan for their part will look on this tie as a chance to salvage some of their considerable pride during a season that is threatening to turn into a disaster.

Languishing in midtable closer to the relegation zone than the top, the Rossoneri are unlikely to be competing in this tournament next season adding a wistful air of melancholy to tonight's encounter, where they can be backed at 5/2 (3.50).

Yet Milan's insipid form this season makes it difficult to invest in the Italians, even on home soil. Atletico have been impressive this season away in the Champions League and while Porto, Austria Vienna and Zenit St Petersburg were not the most challenging of trips, Atleti never looked like losing any of those ties.

Despite three defeats in a row last week, the simple fact remains that Atletico Madrid are a side that have won most of their games this season.

With Clarence Seedorf's side's defence far from convincing, Atletico will fancy their chances of scoring and if they score they should win, given they concede relatively few goals.

All this therefore means the price of 6/5 (2.20) for an away win is actually an appealing prospect and being as big a price as you are likely to find anywhere, it is well worthy of some investment.

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