AC Milan vs Shkendija
2017/18 UEFA Europa League Play-off
Date: Thursday, 17th August 2017
Kick off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.
Milan did not have any troubles easing past CS U Craiova without a single goal conceded in the third qualifying round.
The Italian giants will be even greater favourites to dispatch Macedonian Shkendija for the place in the group stage of the competition.
The first leg of their playoffs tie is set to be played this Thursday at Giuseppe Meazza.
As you already know, Rossoneri have done a massive job during the summer transfer window and they are expected to join Roma and Napoli in the battle for the second place in the top flight of the Italian football (Juve are still untouchable at the top).
The likes of Andre Silva, Hakan Calhanoglu and Leonardo Bonucci did not start matches against the Romanians, but they are expected on the pitch from the first minute against the Macedonians.
Andre Silva bagged a goal in a 1-2 defeat to Real Betis last Wednesday (friendly).
Qatip Osmani did a massive job with Shkendija in this term of Europa League.
The Macedonian manager can be especially thrilled with his team’s attacking displays as Shkendija bagged three goals in each of their home fixtures against Dacia, HJK and Trakai in previous three rounds.
Besart Ibraimi was on target in each of the mentioned fixtures as he notched five goals so far in the competition and he should be the main threat to Donnarumma’s goal.
Serious things apart, Shkendija officially released a funny video to tell AC Milan and the rest of Europe all about themselves, which can be found below.
Milan vs Shkendija: Head to head
Shkendija’s players will have the chance to enjoy the occasion of playing Milan for the first time ever at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza this Thursday.
Milan vs Shkendija: Prediction
The gulf in quality between the two sides is just huge and we expect Milan to close the tie in the first leg in front of their fans.
The best of the betting options you can take here would be Milan to win to nil at the odds of 8/13.
Milan vs Shkendija: Bet Tips
The first bet is Milan to win to nil at the odds of 8/13 @ Bet365.
The alternative pick will be Milan -2.5 handicap at 13/10.