Having raised the spirits around the San Siro since taking over, Al Hain-Cole expects the new manager to lead his strengthened side to victory against an unimpressive Greek teamOlympiakos and AC Milan get the International Champions Cup underway when they come face to face at Toronto’s BMO Field on Thursday evening.
Having secured third place in this exhibition tournament last summer, the Rossoneri are 10/11 (1.91) favourites with bet365 to get off to a winning start this year.
The Greek champions have lost and drawn against Krasnodar and Dynamo Kiev respectively in their previous two pre-season friendlies and are 3/1 (4.00) outsiders to come out on top here, while the draw is priced at 5/2 (3.50).
After a wretched season saw them finish in an extremely disappointing eighth place in Serie A, the Italians have turned to club legend and former Primavera coach Filippo Inzaghi in order to return them to their former glory.
The rookie manager has made a promising start to life in the San Siro hot seat, with his players queuing up to pay tribute to his motivational skills so far, while two wins from two friendly matches also bode well.
Although Thrylos will pose an altogether different threat to that of lower league Renate and Monza, Inzaghi’s side will certainly come into the match in high spirits after two consecutive 2-0 victories accomplished without their World Cup stars.
With the likes of Keisuke Honda, Sulley Muntari and Mario Balotelli now back in the fold, they should be even more confident of seeing off a Greek team that boasts little of their old star quality, particularly after the departures of Javier Saviola and Joel Campbell from last year’s title-winning team.
In fact, with seven defeats and just five victories in their last 13 matches stretching back to last season, Michel’s team are unlikely to pose a revitalised Milan too much of a threat, and those 10/11 (1.91) odds are surely worth backing on the Italians emerging victorious.
|Milan to win for a 2 point stake at 10/11 (1.91) with bet365
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