The UEFA Europa League returns to the fold with another intriguing clash this week as Celtic take on an in-form AC Milan outfit at the San Siro on Thursday. The Rossoneri have enjoyed an excellent season so far and hold a slight upper hand going into this game.
Celtic have endured a dismal Europa League campaign this season and are yet to win a match in the competition. The Scottish giants were thrashed by Sparta Prague by a 4-1 margin last week and are in desperate need of a boost of morale at the moment.
AC Milan, on the other hand, are at the top of the Serie A standings and are only one point behind group-leaders Lille in the Europa League. Stefano Pioli has built an impressive squad at the Italian club and will want to finish at the top of Group H in the UEFA Europa League.
AC Milan vs Celtic Head-to-Head
AC Milan and Celtic have played a total of nine fixtures against each other in the past, with the Rossoneri winning five matches. Celtic have managed only two victories against AC Milan in official competitions and will need to play out of their skins on Thursday.
The reverse fixture between the two sides last month ended in a convincing 3-1 victory for AC Milan. Brahim Diaz was exceptional for the Rossoneri on the day and is likely to feature in this game.
AC Milan form guide: W-D-W-D-L
Celtic form guide: L-L-D-W-L
AC Milan vs Celtic Team News
Zlatan Ibrahimovic missed AC Milan's Serie A fixture against Fiorentina over the weekend and remains a doubt going into this game. Samu Castillejo and Rafael Leao are currently injured and have been ruled out against Celtic. Belgian winger Alexis Saelemaekers has recovered from his knock and is likely to play his part for AC Milan this week.
Injured: Rafael Leao, Samu Castillejo
Doubtful: Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Celtic star James Forrest is currently injured and has been sidelined for this game. Michael Johnston has made progress with his recovery but is also likely to miss this game.
Injured: James Forrest
Doubtful: Michael Johnston
AC Milan vs Celtic Predicted XI
AC Milan Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Gianluigi Donnarumma; Theo Hernandez, Alessio Romagnoli, Simon Kjaer, Davide Calabria; Franck Kessie, Sandro Tonali; Alexis Saelemaekers, Brahim Diaz, Rade Krunic; Ante Rebic
Celtic Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Scott Bain; Diego Laxalt, Kristoffer Ajer, Christopher Jullien, Hatem Abd Elhamed; Callum McGregor, Scott Brown; Mohamed Elyounoussi, Olivier Ntcham, Ryan Christie; Odsonne Edouard
AC Milan vs Celtic Prediction
AC Milan have an exceptional squad and have been a resurgent force under Stefano Pioli this year. The Rossoneri are one of the strongest teams in the UEFA Europa League and will want to finish at the top of their group.
Celtic have endured a miserable run of results and will have to work hard to appease a furious fanbase. AC Milan are the better side on paper and should be able to win this game.
Prediction: AC Milan 2-0 Celtic
Published 01 Dec 2020, 15:03 IST