Our football match prediction:
Milan were on the verge of dropping two points in a game against Rijeka, but the club’s product Patrick Cutrone eventually scored a late goal and helped the Rossoneri pick up all three points from the match. The Serie A side aim to keep their 100% record in Group D intact and we predict that they will go all guns blazing at AEK Athens in Thursday’s football match at their Stadio San Siro. Vincenzo Montella is likely to stick to his rotation policy, but regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting line-up, we believe that the hosts will emerge triumphant in their third group game. AEK, on the other hand, did well to beat Rijeka on the road in their opener, with the team sharing the spoils with Austria Wien in front of home fans. The Greek side face an uphill task in Thursday’s clash against Milan and they are unlikely to spoil the Rossoneri’s party at Stadio San Siro.
Highlighted Player (Zapata):
The versatile Cristian Zapata is a defender who usually plays as a centre back but can be deployed at full-back on either sides. Although he is naturally right-footed, Zapata is equally skillful with both feet which aids his versatility. Currently plying his trade in Serie A with AC Milan, he started his senior professional career with Deportivo Cali. He later moved to the Serie A club Udinese in 2005 ending up playing 168 games across six seasons with the club. In 2011, he moved to Spain with Villarreal but his stint was short-lived as he came back to Italy next season on loan with Milan. He signed permanently for Milan in 2013. Zapata has been a Colombian senior international since 2008 and was a member of their 2011 Copa America and 2014 World Cup squads. The 29-year-old is generally solid at the back and quick on the counter making him a menace on the wings.
Highlighted Team (AEK Athens):
Established in 1924, AEK Athens are one of a number of Greek clubs based in Athens. The Enosis (Union) are well known for their passionate fans and Original 21 are considered the club’s main supporters’ group. AEK Athens play their home games in black shirts with yellow stripes and black shorts, while they often wear gray jerseys and yellow shorts when facing their rivals on the road. Olympic Stadium in Athens is the club’s home ground and the venue can hold up to 69.618 people. AEK share rivalries with fellow capital clubs Panathinaikos and Olympiakos and the rivalry with Olympiakos was inflamed in 1996, when AEK former ace and then-coach joined the Thrylos. AEK have 11 Greek Super League trophies, but it has to be noted that they clinched their last domestic title back in 1994. Speaking of the Greek Cup, the Enosis won their 15th trophy in the competition in 2016, with the team beating Olympiakos in the title game. In the 1966/1967 season AEK made it to the UEFA Cup semis, but Italian giants Juventus proved to be a big catch for the Greek side.