After three matchdays in Serie A, AC Milan find themselves on the fourth place, as they get ready to visit Empoli for the only Tuesday match. AC Milan start as the obvious favorites to win outright, even if Empoli are on the 18th place, they have impressed in the match against AS Roma, and may be further spurred to exit the relegation zone.
Empoli have only one point from the first three games, the draw against Cesena coming after the team managed to come from behind two goals to level up before the final whistle. Their main stars, Tavano and Maccarone have had difficulties adapting to Serie A, but they are still among the favorites to get that goal against a Milan side with Champions League ambitions. Their ranks also count with a youngster raised by AC Milan, but playing for Empoli, as Simone Verdi vows to try and score against his former team.
AC Milan come into the match after losing the big derby against Juventus, which put them on the 4th place, three points behind leaders Juventus and AS Roma. Aside from that, Milan have very interesting choices in the attack, as Honda, Torres, El Shaarawy and Menez can always score a goal out of no chance at all. The team is picking up lost force mainly thanks to Pippo Inzaghi, the former AC Milan glory stating in a recent interview “When they appointed me they asked for the growth of this squad and to get this side back to its levels of the past.”
The two teams haven’t played against each other since 2008, but with the way Milan is managing their midfield, the odds for an outright win, and 1.80 with Bet365 does not look that bad at all. An Empoli win comes at 4.50 and a draw at 3.50. AC Milan for both halves is at 2.75, Empoli at 7.50 and AC Milan to win and Empoli not to score is at 3.00. We are betting 7 units on AC Milan to score in both halves at 2.75 with Bet365.
Empoli: Team’s Formation
AC Milan: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
AC Milan to score in both halves
Result: -8 units, bet lost
Result: +19,25 units, bet won
It’s a Bundesliga vs La Liga showdown as Borussia Mönchengladbach get ready for Villarreal in one of the first Europa League matches. The hosts are on the 5th place in Bundesliga after three rounds, and their only problem might be the scoring of goals which they haven’t been doing. Villarreal have looked shaky in their La Liga start and managed to lose against a stronger Barcelona side without being able to score.
As Borussia M’gladbach returned to training this week, it was with good news in form of all players being available for training. Even Julian Korb and Tony Jantschke joined the session despite picking up injuries in the 4-1 win over Schalke 04. Max Kruse has made a return to the team by providing assists for three of the four goals, and then went on to score one of his own. Even though the two teams have never previously met in European competitions, Borussia M’gladbach has a good track record against Spanish opposition.
Villarreal have not met a worthy opponent on their way to the group stage, and look at Borussia M’gladbach as a means to improve their track record against German teams. Their biggest squad news was the inclusion of Ikechukwu Uche at the expense of Adrian Marin. Garcia Toral has taken responsibility for leaving the young player at home stating that he accused some muscles problems at the end of the match against Granada. This only adds to their absentees list that includes Gio Dos Santos, Jaume Costa, Bojan Jokic and Hernan Perez.
Borussia M’gladbach may have the advantage of playing at home, but predicting a winner with certainty would be difficult, as both teams will want to start on the right foot. Ladbrokes has an outright Borussia M’gladbach win at 2.15, which we are betting 8 units on, while Villarreal got 3.25 odds for a win, and a draw is at 3.40. Other interesting betting markets: both teams to score at 1.80, Borussia M’gladbach for both halves at 3.50, Villareal at 5.50 and Villareal to lead after 75 minutes at 3.20, while Borussia M’gladbach is at 2.20.
Borussia M’gladbach: Team’s Formation
Villareal: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Borussia M’gladbach to win outright