AC Milan host AEK Athens in Europa League - a must win for Vincenzo Montella
18.10 || webmaster
After a summer of splurging in the transfer market, many tipped 2017-18 to be the season where AC Milan returned to the glory days of old and challenged for major honours.
However, the new campaign has not quite gone to plan as yet, as summer signings settle in and Vincenzo Montella looks to find a winning formula.
With the club’s new owners surely impatient after their expenditure, Milan are at a crossroads and the head coach needs results to start to improve if he is to play a prolonged role in the Rossoneri’s rejuvenation.
Next up for the San Siro outfit is Greek outfit AEK Athens in the Europa League, with the game a must-win for the Italian hosts.
For those wanting to use a Winner Coupon Code 2018, Montella’s men are favourites with the bookmakers at odds of 4/9.
Milan go into the continental encounter on the back of two consecutive defeats, with an agonising late 3-2 loss to rivals Inter last time out still fresh in the memory.
While the home side should on paper have too much quality for AEK, Montella will also have one eye on Sunday’s Serie A clash with Genoa and know that he needs to manage his squad accordingly.
Milan currently have issues at both ends of the pitch.
In attack, the loaning of Carlos Bacca to Villarreal in the summer was a peculiar move and the Rossoneri’s new faces have not filled the goal void left by the Colombian.
Andre Silva and Fabio Borini are yet to register for their new club, while Nikola Kalinic has scored twice in six outings thus far.
The veteran Croatian is highly fancied by the bookies to add to his tally against AEK, at odds of 5/4 to score at any time.
In defence, the audacious capture of Leonardo Bonucci from Juventus was hailed as a transfer masterclass, but the supporting cast around the Italy international are struggling to match his world-class moniker.
Having only kept two clean sheets domestically and on the continent since the start of the regular campaign, shutting AEK out would be a morale booster for Milan.
With this in mind, odds of 11/10 are available for punters to wager that the Greek visitors will not beat Gianluigi Donnarumma in the Rossoneri goal.
Milan need to put the disappointment of derby defeat behind them and get back to winning ways on Thursday night - Montella’s future and the feel-good factor around the club depend on it.
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