Clarence Seedorf’s men are set to put their Seria A woes behind them to silence the Rojiblancos at the San Siro
Seven times European champions, AC Milan welcome Athletico Madrid to the San Siro Stadium in Wednesday’s Champions League first leg round of 16 clash.
Milan gaffer Clarence Seedorf won the Champions League on four occasions as a player with three different clubs. He will be hoping to begin his debut as a manager in the same competition on a winning note. Ladbrokes price his side at 5/2 (3.50) to claim a first leg victory.
Atletico Madrid on their own part are available at 5/4 (1.25) to grab an away victory not minding their blip in recent weeks. The Madrid based outfit have been impressive away in the tournament so far getting crucial points at Porto, Austria Vienna and Zenit St Petersburg.
The draw is an 11/5 (3.20) play according to the same firm, Ladbrokes.
With Clarence Seedorf'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. Back both sides to score at 10/11 (1.90) odds.
Though the hosts will be without the services of Sulley Muntari, Riccardo Montolivo, El Shaarawy, Robinho, Bryan Cristante and Valter Birsa, they are expected to win both halves of the encounter at a long odds of 10/1 (11.00).
Athletico are expected to capitalise on the defensive loopholes of their hosts to win to nil at 5/2 (3.50).
Diego Costa tops is a huge favorites in the goalscoring market and is a 4/1 (5.00) bet to find the back of the net first while the duo of Mario Ballotelli and David Villa can be backed at 11/2 (8.50) to get the curtain raiser.
For punters seeking a valuable bet from this tie, they should back total goals under 4.5 at 1/14 (1.07) which is a very safe bet.