AC Milan v Atletico Madrid: Champions League match preview

A look ahead to this week’s Champions League tie at the San Siro

Wednesday’s game between AC Milan and Atletico Madrid pits two sides against each other whose season could not be going more differently.

Atletico are currently gripped in the tightest La Liga title race for years with all three top sides with 60 points and only separated by goal difference.

In Italy, AC Milan are having a shocking season in the league. The winners of the 2007 Champions League are 31 points off the pace of Juventus. With the league title gone, AC Milan can now focus on the Europe’s top prize and it will be crucial that Milan have something to take to Madrid.

The San Siro can be a tough place to go for any team and will be Atletico’s toughest game of the competition so far. The Spanish side breezed through their group only dropping 2 points and conceding just 3 goals.

No matter what the Serie A table might say, AC Milan still have a fine squad with some individual brilliance in the likes of Mario Balotelli Stephan El Shaarawy and Wednesday’s game should be a tight and interesting affair.

KICK-OFF: Wednesday, 7.45pm

PAST MEETINGS:

The two sides have never met in a competitive match

STATS:

AC Milan’s Champions League record this year: P6 W2 D3 L1 F8 A5

Atletico Madrid’s Champions League record this year: P6 W5 D1 L0 F15 A3

Atletico Madrid qualified with the most points from their group (16), joint with Real Madrid

AC Milan are currently ninth in Serie A, 31 points behind leaders Juventus

Atletico Madrid are level on 60 points with Barcelona and Real Madrid at the top of La Liga

Mario Balotelli has scored 10 times in Serie A this year

Atletico Madrid’s Gabi has covered more distance than any other player left in this year’s competition

ODDS:

AC Milan to win: 3.75

Atletico Madrid to win: 2.2

Draw: 3.25

TV: Live on Sky Sports 3 at 7.45pm, Highlights Sky Sports 1 Thursday 12.00am

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