Atletico Madrid vs Milan
Date: Wednesday, 24 November 2021
Kick-off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.
ATLETICO MADRID has a lot of work to do if they want to advance to the Champions League knockout rounds, and they will meet AC Milan at the Wanda Metropolitano on Wednesday night.
The Spanish champions, who are now third in Group B with four points out of a potential 12, have not always looked like their typical dominating selves this season.
The Spaniards were defeated 2-0 by Liverpool on matchday four, on a night when both of my Anfield bets were successful, and now face a fight to reach the competition’s knockout phase.
On Saturday, Diego Simeone’s team struggled to a 1-0 win over Osasuna, but the Atleti manager will hope that it serves as a springboard for future progress when AC Milan comes knocking.
The Rossoneri, the competition’s second-most successful team, are stuck to the bottom of the standings and have no margin for mistake in the Spanish city this midweek.
Milan’s preparations for this crucial match were far from optimal, with Stefano Pioli’s side suffering their first defeat in Serie A this season in a thrilling 4-3 setback to Fiorentina on Saturday night.
Atletico Madrid vs AC Milan Head to head :
- Atletico Madrid celebrated a 1-2 victory two months ago in Italy after a second-half comeback.
- These two teams also met each other in the R16 of the same competition back in the 2013/14 season.
- Atletico Madrid advanced 5-1 on aggregate back then, courtesy of wins both home and away.
- Madrid will thus go into this on the back of three successive victories over Milan.
Atletico Madrid vs AC Milan Predictions :
When Milan visits Atletico Madrid in the Spanish capital, they are sure to suffer once more in the Champions League. It’s not that the Rossoneri aren’t good enough to compete with the Rojiblancos, but they’ve proved this season that they lack big-stage experience in Europe.
After losing their undefeated streak in Serie A this weekend, Atletico Madrid’s confidence will have taken a knock, and Pioli’s team may struggle to break through a tenacious Atletico side. Expect a hard-fought victory for the home team on the tiniest of margins.
Atletico Madrid vs AC Milan Team News :
Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid is back in action after his suspension for a second game was overturned on appeal, while Felipe is still out after receiving a red card at Anfield.
Suarez came in as a substitute for 25 minutes at the weekend but is expected to start this game, while Kieran Trippier is out with a shoulder injury and Joao Felix is questionable with a calf problem.
As Felipe takes his position on the naughty step, Jose Gimenez will return to the defense, with Marcos Llorente perhaps starting at right-wing back.
Ciprian Tatarusanu continues to fill in for the injured Mike Maignan in goal for Milan, with Fikayo Tomori, Ante Rebic, Davide Calabria, and Samu Castillejo joining him on the bench.
After the Fiorentina setback, Pioli downplayed the possibility of Leao suffering a major injury, although Rade Krunic is on standby, and Olivier Giroud might start up top to give Ibrahimovic’s 40-year-old legs a break.
As one of Sandro Tonali or Franck Kessie leaves, Alessio Romagnoli and Ismael Bennacer might give fresh legs in defense and midfield, respectively.
Atletico Madrid possible starting lineup:
Oblak; Savic, Gimenez, Hermoso; Llorente, De Paul, Koke, Lemar, Carrasco; Griezmann, Suarez
AC Milan possible starting lineup:
Tatarusanu; Kalulu, Kjaer, Romagnoli, Hernandez; Kessie, Bennacer; Saelemaekers, Diaz, Leao; Giroud