AC Milan vs. Lille – Europa League, November 5, 2020

| November 4, 2020 6:09 am PDT

It is not often that two teams from Europe’s big five leagues meet in the Europa League group stage. But on Thursday, November 5, Italian giant AC Milan welcomes French side Lille to San Siro.

Milan and Lille occupy the top two places in Group H, with both sides making unbeaten starts to the campaign. Both teams have also scored six goals across the first two matchdays, so this should be a thrilling contest.

Read on to see my AC Milan vs. Lille prediction and betting pick.

AC Milan vs. Lille Odds

AC Milan to Win 1.74
The Draw 3.80
Lille to Win 4.35

I’m sure we can all agree that AC Milan (1.74) deserves the favorite tag here. However, I was expecting the price for the Lille win (4.35) to be lower.

Both teams have started the 2020/21 season in strong form, so I don’t think anyone will be overly surprised if the French side prevents Milan from winning on Thursday.

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Milan maintained their unbeaten start to the Serie A campaign by defeating Udinese 2-1 on Sunday. Once again, Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the winning goal, with the Rossoneri moving two points clear at the summit of the Italian top-flight.

Ibrahimovic has now bagged eight goals in just seven appearances this term, including three straight braces in his first three Serie A outings. The veteran striker has netted in every domestic game he has played in this season but is yet to hit the target in Europe.

Needless to say, the 39-year-old will be looking to open his Europa League account on Thursday.

Brahim Diaz has been the star of the show for Milan on the European stage so far. The Spanish youngster scored in the 3-1 win over Celtic on Matchday 1 before netting again as Stefano Pioli’s side beat Sparta Prague 3-0 last week.

Funnily enough, Lille has matched Milan’s 11-game unbeaten streak at the start of the season. Les Dogues sit second in Ligue 1 – two points behind PSG – having picked up five wins and four draws from their opening nine domestic outings.

Christophe Galtier’s men also find themselves second in Group H. Lille crushed Sparta Prague 4-1 on Matchday 1, with Yusuf Yazici scoring a hat-trick. Despite going 2-0 down against Celtic last week, LOSC rallied in the second half and managed to come away with a draw.

Following four straight wins across September and October, Lille heads into Thursday’s clash on the back of three consecutive draws. The team has still been doing enough to avoid defeat, but I’m sure that Galtier will be desperate for this side to return to winning ways.

AC Milan vs. Lille Pick

  • AC Milan to Win

Lille showed great spirit to rescue a draw against Celtic last week, but I feel like a trip to San Siro is going to be a huge test for Les Dogues. Galtier’s men have been riding their luck a bit in recent games, and I can see them suffering their first defeat of the season on Thursday.

With Zlatan on fire in attack and Gianluigi Donnarumma shining between the sticks, Pioli’s men are seriously tough opponents at the moment.

Ben Morris
Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

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