AC Milan vs CS Universitatea Craiova
2017/18 UEFA Europa League Qualification
Date: Thursday, 3rd August 2017
Kick off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.
The Italian manager Devis Mangia can be proud of his team’s performance in the first leg of their Europa League tie with Milan.
Rossoneri picked up only a narrow 0-1 win at the end thanks to Riccardo Rodriguez whose lone goal made the difference between the two teams at Stadionul Municipal.
Milan finally seem to have the quality to make the return to the battle for the very top of Serie A standings this year.
Vincenzo Montella’s squad has been significantly strengthened during the summer transfer window and the atmosphere at Giuseppe Meazza is sky-high after a demolishing 4-0 win over Bayern Munich in International Champions Cup ten days ago.
CS U Craiova
The visitors have been struggling a lot with the efficiency in the final third during their pre-season schedule which is why we can hardly see them on target in the rematch at Giuseppe Meazza.
CS U Craiova will come into the game after playing a 1-1 draw with FCSB in the derby of the third round of Liga I last weekend.
Milan vs CS U Craiova: Head to head
Even though Milan clinched the win, CS U Craiova showed a decent overall display in their first ever head to head encounter with the giants of the Italian football.
Interestingly, it was the left back Riccardo Rodriguez (who arrived from Wolfsburg this summer) who scored the only goal of the game for Montella’s side.
Milan vs CS U Craiova: Prediction
Milan are obviously massive favourites, but they don’t have the reason to push hard from the very first whistle.
Combining this with CS U Craiova’s decent defensive shape at the start of the new season, we’ll take Milan not to score more than three goals at decent-value 11/10 odds.
Milan vs CS U Craiova: Bet Tips
The first betting pick will be Milan Under 2.5 Team Goals at the odds of 2.10.
The alternative bet is CS U Craiova +2.5 handicap at 1.65.