AC Milan to protect advantage

AC Milan to protect advantage

AC Milan is looking to protect their lead, as they resume their series against Tottenham Hotspur for the second leg of their series. This match will be the second and final leg of their Round of 16 series. Milan is now with a 1 goal advantage, after a 1-0 win during the first leg of their series. Brahim Diaz from the Spurs is the one who brings their squad a victory on their first leg, inching them closer to the playoffs. What Milan needs to do is to protect their narrow lead, as they cannot afford to give Spurs a chance to score here. They need to hold on for just 90 minutes to qualify. However, it may be tough for them as the Spurs will surely want to qualify as well. This meeting will be on March 9, 2023, at 4:00 AM (GMT+8), as Spurs welcome Milan.

Prior to this match, these two teams only have met for five times, where it was the hosts who have more wins. The hosts already won three matches, while the visitors only have one win, and drawn one. Surprisingly, the only win the visitors had against the hosts was their first leg victory. When it comes to their domestic leagues, both are actually doing well, as they belong to the top teams. In the Premier League, the hosts are at the fourth of the league table with 45 points. They are four points away from the top three team, but are just three points ahead of the fifth. As for the visitors, they are currently at the fifth of the Serie A with 47 points, just the same points with the fourth placers.

AC Milan

Champions League: AC Milan
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Milan is coming into this game with a 2-1 loss against Fiorentina in the Serie A, which is why they do not have a good momentum coming in this match. Theo Hernandez is the one who gave Milan that lone goal in that match. The problem is that it seems to be this squad is in a crossroad. After winning their domestic league last season, they found themselves dropping in the league table. With that, this squad is currently under pressure due to their recent results. However, they can get confidence from the fact that they are a win away from entering the playoffs. Despite their advantage, they need to score more as their one-goal lead might not be enough.

This team has talented players in their squad, which will be boosted in this match by the return of their members. Mike Maignan have fully recovered from his injury, and is expected to return in this match. Rafael Leao, and Rade Krunic are also coming back after their domestic suspensions.

Tottenham Hotspur

Champions League: Tottenham Hotspur
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Aside from losing their first leg, the Spurs also lost to their last league match against the Wolves, a 1-0 loss. It could have ended in draw, but the Spurs allowed Adama Traore of the Wolves to score a goal late in second half. Additionally, they have failed to be impressive this season. Due to this, it seems like the future of their manager in their club is at stake, if they cannot show improvements. Reports says that they are now looking for options for their new manager. Moreover, the Spurs can no longer afford to give Milan chances as it will cost them to be eliminated in the Champions League. They cannot bring their underwhelming performance in this match, as it will end all their hopes in the contest.

Ryan Sessegnon, Hugo Lloris, Yves Bissouma, and Rodrigo Bentancur remains to be absent in this match. Eric Dier meanwhile is also an absentee for this match, following his suspension. Fortunately, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg returns for the Spurs.

Prediction:

Draw
Odds: (-0.88)
AC Milan to win on aggregate (2-1)

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