Our football match prediction:
Star-studded Milan rolled over Shkendija (6-0)at their Stadio San Siro in the Europa League play-offs, first leg, meaning that coach Vincenzo Montella is likely to use Thursday’s football match to rest first-team regulars. The Rossoneri have big ambitions for the 2017/2018 Serie A campaign and there is every chance the former Fiorentina coach will stick to his rotation policy. Patrick Cutrone should be recalled to the starting line-up, but regardless of which players will start the match, we predict that the Italian side will record yet another win over Shkendija, who experienced all sorts of problems at the back in the first leg. The Macedonian side have nothing to play for in the return leg, but, no doubt, their pride will be at stake in Thursday’s football match against the Italian giants. Summer signing Fabio Borini, who found the net in the 6-0 win over Shkendija, will be yet another man to watch in the away team.
Highlighted Player (Carlos Bacca):
One of the most talented strikers of this generation, the 29-year-old Carlos Bacca began his senior professional career at Atletico Junior. He caught attention with his exploits and ended up as top scorer in the league in 2010. Bacca signed with Club Brigge in 2012 where he was the league’s top scorer in the only full season he played for them. It was his move to Spanish club Sevilla that brought the best out of Bacca. The striker was an integral part of the team that won the UEFA Europa League in his first two years with the club. Having been courted by many top sides across the world, Bacca signed with Serie A side Milan in 2015 for a reported fee of €30 million. Bacca is well known for his pace and aggression which has won him 27 caps and 11 goals on international duty with Colombia, since 2012.
Highlighted Team (AC Milan):
AC Milan are regarded as one of the biggest club in Italy. The Rossoneri compete in the Italian Serie A and they have won 18 domestic trophies. Speaking of the club’s European success, Milan have clinched seven Champions League (European Cup) trophies. Milan were on the verge of beating Liverpool in the 2005 Champions League final, but the Premier League outfit came from three goals behind and eventually won the prestigious trophy on penalties. The Rossoneri play their home games at Stadio San Siro (80,018), the stadium that was opened in 1926. It is well known that Milan’s bitterest rivals are Inter and there have always been fireworks when the two local rivals face each other in the Derby della Madonnina. Milan were founded in 1899 by a lace-maker from England named Herbert Kilpin and a businessman Alfred Edwards. Milan’s home kits are red and black and that is why the team’s nickname is Rossoneri (The Red and Blacks). The likes of Alessandro Costacurta, Paolo Maldini, Franco Baresi, Roberto Donadoni, Dejan Savicevic, Frank Rijkaard, Marco van Basten, Ruud Gullit and Andrea Pirlo are the most famous footballers who have represented the San Siro outfit.