Wednesday, 23 November 2011

AC Milan vs Barcelona 1-1 Ibrahimovic Goal 23.11.2011 UEFA Champions

he Rossneri welcome the reigning European Champions to the San Siro tonight and no doubt both teams will be striving for a win that would put them in a commanding position in Group H. With two games to go Barcelona are top of the group with a two point lead over Milan. Neither team should be very worried about not qualifying, however finishing top of your group does have its obvious benefits.

The visitors are 4/5 favourites to win the tie with Boylesports which, even for the best team in the world, seem staggering odds for any team travelling to the San Siro. The draw is priced up at 11/4 with bet365 and a home victory is looking unlikely at 4/1 with Ladbrokes.

Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri will be without two of his star players (Mexes and Cassano) but has the opportunity to start his prolific striker Alexandre Pato for the first time since his injury. Los Culés will be without Dani Alves and Adriano and this may see Puyol moving out to right back and the tenacious Javier Mascherano occupying the centre back role.

The defending champions are already the top scorers in the competition racking up an impressive 13 goals this season. In their last four games in La Liga they have managed to score 15 times. Milan also have found a rich vein of form recently and find themselves unbeaten in all competitions in the last eight games. However Milan have scored almost half the number of goals their Spanish counterparts have scored in Group H.

With Barcelona playing one can always expect a free flowing game. Odds of a goaless draw are given at 12/1 with Boylesports and at the other end of the spectrum over four goals is give at 4/1 and over 5.5 is at 12/1, both with bet365. In the correct score betting the most anticipated result is a 1-1 draw given at 6/1 Labrokes. For Milan to snatch a 1-0 victory the odds are 12/1 with bet365 but for those predicting the Spanish Champions to bing their usual flair and perfection, scores such as 4-0 to Guardiola's men are given odds of 40/1 with Ladbrokes.

Lionel Messi is the second top goalscorer in the competition so far behind Mario Gomez. Messi has scored five goals in Europe this season and the odds of the Argentine breaking the deadlock tonight are given at 7/2 Victor Chandler. Villa is behind him with odds of 5/1 Paddy Power to be the first name on the scoresheet. For the home side their hopes rest with the target man Zlatan Ibrahimovic who is priced up at 15/2 with bet365 and the striker will be very eager to score against his previous club which arguably stalled his progress as a footballer while he was there. If he starts, Alexandre Pato will also be looked to as a way through the Barca back four and is given odds of 8/1 bet365. Many will remember the goal he scored against the Spanish side earlier this year as it only took 24 seconds to score and is the fifth fastest goal in the history of the competition.

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