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Shamrock Rovers vs AC Milan betting tips
This article covers Shamrock Rovers vs AC Milan betting tips and predictions.
Also included is a thorough Shamrock Rovers vs AC Milan betting preview.
Note: All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.
Shamrock Rovers vs AC Milan: Match details
Match: Shamrock Rovers vs AC Milan
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: September 17, 2020
Kick-off time: 7:00 pm, September 17, 2020 (UK time)
Stadium: Tallaght Stadium
Shamrock Rovers vs AC Milan betting prediction: Shamrock Rovers 1 – 3 AC Milan
Shamrock Rovers welcomes Milan to Tallaght Stadium in Dublin on Thursday for this UEFA Europa League match.
Rovers have the longest history of Irish sides in European Competition. Their first competitive match was in the European Cup against Manchester United back in the late 1950s.
Shamrock Rovers were eliminated from the Europa League Qualifiers at this same stage last season. After a 2-1 win at home, they were eliminated 3-4 on aggregate by Apollon Limassol after losing the second leg 1-3.
For AC Milan, it is a return to the competition after a one-year absence. Their last Europa League campaign in 2018/19 ended in the group stage where they faced F91 Dudelange, Olympiacos and Real Betis.
Shamrock Rovers vs AC Milan: What are the betting odds?
The Hoops have won nine of their last eleven matches in the Irish Premier League this season. Odds of 20/1 reflect the feeling they are unlikely to keep that winning run going here.
AC Milan drew 0-0 with Athlone Town AFC on their only previous visit to Ireland for a competitive match. They won the return leg 3-0 at the San Siro to progress past the UEFA Cup Second Round. Odds of 8/1 are available if you see Shamrock Rovers and Milan cancelling each other out on Thursday in normal time.
Milan were the strongest side in Serie A after the restart. They won nine of their twelve games and were the only side to go undefeated until the end of the season. They are huge favourites at 1/14 to take that form into Thursday’s match and beat the Rovers in ninety minutes.
Shamrock Rovers vs AC Milan – recent form and head to head statistics
Latest match form, last 5 games: September 27, 2020 Premier Division 2020 Dundalk FC 0 - 4 Shamrock Rovers September 21, 2020 Premier Division 2020 Shamrock Rovers 6 - 1 Waterford FC September 18, 2020 Premier Division 2020 Shamrock Rovers 0 - 0 Sligo Rovers FC September 17, 2020 UEFA Europa League 20/21 Shamrock Rovers 0 - 2 AC Milan September 12, 2020 Premier Division 2020 Cork City FC 0 - 3 Shamrock Rovers September 27, 2020 Serie A 20/21 FC Crotone 0 - 2 AC Milan September 24, 2020 UEFA Europa League 20/21 AC Milan 3 - 2 Bodo/Glimt September 21, 2020 Serie A 20/21 AC Milan 2 - 0 Bologna FC September 17, 2020 UEFA Europa League 20/21 Shamrock Rovers 0 - 2 AC Milan September 12, 2020 Club Friendly Games 2020 AC Milan 3 - 1 Brescia Calcio Shamrock Rovers AC Milan Shamrock Rovers AC Milan 1 Matches 1 1 Home Matches 0 0 Away Matches 1 0 Total Goals 2 0 Average Goals Scored 2 0 Wins 1 1 Losses 0 0 Draws 0 September 17, 2020 UEFA Europa League 20/21 Shamrock Rovers 0 - 2 AC Milan
Shamrock Rovers vs AC Milan: Recommended bets
101 Great Goals’ prediction of Shamrock Rovers 1 – 3 Milan is available at odds of 12/1.
Shamrock Rovers’ last home victory came back on 5th September by a scoreline of 1-0 against Bohemians. A repeat of this score on Thursday is available at odds of 50/1.
Milan’s last away win was 1-4 against Sampdoria in Genoa back in July. You can back them at 16/1 for the same scoreline here on Thursday.
Shamrock Rovers drew 2-2 with Ilves Tampere of Finland before winning a penalty shootout. A 2-2 draw is available for 40/1.
Shamrock Rovers vs AC Milan: Match preview
Both teams have an established shape and system coming into this match, which looks unlikely to change.
The Rovers have been playing a 3-4-2-1 shape. They typically use wingers at the widest parts of the four in midfield, like Neil Farrugia and Ronan Finn, when they feel they can get at teams more.
They also have the option of using full-backs Danny Lafferty and Marshall there when they know they will have to defend the flanks more, turning the back-three into more of a five.
This will likely be the case on Thursday, with the Hoops aiming to weather the pressure of AC Milan’s attack with superior creative players and goalscorers. Then try to nick a goal on the counter from Aaron Greene.
For Milan, Stefano Pioli has established his 4-2-3-1 system now. Zlatan will be used as a focal-point striker and primary goalscorer. However, it is Hakan Calhanoglu (pictured above) that really makes them tick. Playing as #10, #8 or even on the left of the three attacking midfielders, he was involved in eighteen goals for Milan in Serie A last season; more than any other player.
He is also deadly from set-pieces around the box and created fourteen goalscoring opportunities from his corners last season.
Gianluigi Donnarumma is another star of this Milan side. At 21-years-old, he is skill a kid in goalkeeping years but has years of experience already as Milan and Italy’s #1.
His memorable performance against Juventus in the Coppa Italia last season (see video at end of article), in which he made twenty-six saves including from a Ronaldo penalty, seems to have cemented him in the conversation of world-class goalkeepers.
Shamrock Rovers team news vs AC Milan
The Hoops will be without Graham Burke for this one. His loan contract with the club has now ended and he has returned to Preston North End.
Liam Scales will miss the match for Shamrock Rovers. He was sent off in the previous round against Ilves Tampere after receiving two yellow cards and therefore will serve a one-match suspension.
Sean Callan, the 20-year-old center-back, was on the bench against Ilves. He could be brought in to replace the suspended Scales.
Alternatively, Lee Grace could be brought in as third center-back.
AC Milan team news vs Shamrock Rovers
Milan have a number of injury concerns coming into this game.
Andrea Conti could be out for some time with a knee injury. Davide Calabria looks likely to start at right-back in his absence.
Mateo Musacchio will also miss the match after having ankle surgery. Simon Kjaer and Alessio Romagnoli will start the match at center-back.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic missed Milan’s last two friendlies against Vicenza and Brescia with a bruised leg. He is expected to return on Thursday night.
Rafael Leão is under quarantine and won’t be available either. Although, he likely would not have started ahead of Ibrahimovic. Ante Rebic will instead offer depth in attack from the bench.
Milan’s two loan signings this summer will be hoping to make their debuts in midfield. Sandro Tonali, a 20-year-old defensive midfielder from Brescia, and Brahim Díaz, a 21-year-old attacking midfielder from Real Madrid were both signed this summer to bolster Milan’s squad for the coming season.
Predicted Shamrock Rovers line-up vs AC Milan
Predicted AC Milan line-up vs Shamrock Rovers
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This article was edited by Benjamin Newman.