Manchester United vs. AC Milan Betting Preview – Europa League, March 11, 2021
Two powerhouses of the European game go head-to-head on Thursday, March 11, as Manchester United hosts AC Milan at Old Trafford.
The clubs have faced each other ten times in the Champions League over the years. But this time around, the fallen giants meet in the Europa League Round of 16
After looking at the odds, I will share my Manchester United vs. AC Milan first leg prediction and betting pick.
Manchester United vs. AC Milan Betting Odds
The first thing that stands out here is the hefty price for the away win. The top online sportsbooks view AC Milan (5.25) as the clear underdog, while even the odds for the draw (3.85) feel strangely high.
On the flip side, Man Utd (1.62) is the out-and-out favorite to win the first leg. But can the visitors upset the odds and come away from Old Trafford with a positive result on Thursday?
Manchester United vs. AC Milan Preview
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men will no doubt still be pumped following their 2-0 victory over bitter rival – and runaway EPL leader – Manchester City on Sunday.
Not only did the Red Devils end City’s lengthy winning streak, but they also extended their own impressive run in the Premier League. Indeed, they have only lost one of their last 22 EPL games, picking up 13 wins and eight draws along the way.
Still, Man Utd remains 11 points behind Man City, making it almost impossible to win the Premier League title. But Solskjaer’s men can take huge confidence from their previous performance.
The English club made light work of Real Sociedad in the Round of 32, crushing the Spanish side 4-0 on aggregate. Unsurprisingly, Bruno Fernandes contributed two goals to the cause.
Having netted in Sunday’s win over City, the Portuguese playmaker has now bagged 23 goals and 13 assists in all competitions this season. If Fernandes brings his A-game on Thursday, Man Utd will be difficult to stop.
Them: Bruno doesn't do it in the big games— Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 7, 2021
Unfortunately, Milan will be without their star man for the trip to Old Trafford. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored 16 goals in 21 appearances this term, but he is currently sidelined through injury.
Without the 39-year-old veteran, Stefano Pioli’s men have seen their lead at the summit of Serie A disappear. The Rossoneri now trails Inter Milan by six points in the Italian top-flight, having led the way for much of the campaign.
The Italians were made to work hard for a place in the Round of 16, too. After drawing 2-2 with Red Star Belgrade in Serbia, they were held to a 1-1 draw at San Siro, advancing on away goals.
However, Milan’s squad is still packed with players that can hurt Man Utd. Midfielder Franck Kessie has already notched up ten goals and three assists this season, while goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma achieved another shutout in Sunday’s 2-0 victory over Hellas Verona.
The visitors will obviously miss Zlatan on Thursday, but they should have enough quality to challenge the home team.
Manchester United vs. AC Milan Prediction and Pick
In my opinion, the price for the home win is far too low to bother with here. If I was going to back Man Utd, I would want the odds to be closer to 2.00. So, the price of 1.62 doesn’t really appeal to me.
Instead, I’m going with the draw, as odds of 3.85 are far more attractive. With a second leg still to play, neither team will want to lose on Thursday, meaning that we are likely to see a tense encounter.