Our prediction for this match:
Milan and Benfica face each other at Gillette Stadium in a highly-anticipated clash at the 2019 International Champions Cup. The Rossoneri finished the 2018/2019 season in style, but eventually missed out on a place in the Champions League. Milan chiefs have big ambitions for the upcoming season and new coach Marco Giampaolo is on a quest to bring glory days back to Stadio San Siro.
The Rossoneri aim to prepare for the forthcoming Serie A campaign in the best way possible and we are positive that the Italian will leave their hearts on the field in Sunday’s pre-season game. Benfica, on the other hand, have been scoring goals for fun in recent warm-up matches, which is the main reason why we believe that there is a big value in betting on over 2.5 goals. You should bear in mind that it has been ten years since the two teams last met in a friendly.
Highlighted Player (Mateo Musacchio):
Mateo Musacchio is an Argentine footballer who plays for Spanish team Villarreal as a defender. The 182-cm-tall footballer plays as a centre back and he was born in Rosario. However, his grandparents are Albanian. Musac hio began his senior career at River Plate, playing for the Argentine giants between 2006 and 2009, but he made no more than 10 appearances for los Millionarios.
On August 2009 he joined Spanish club Villarreal and he has been playing for the Yellow Submarine ever since. Musacchio scored three goals in 22 appearances for Villarreal II in the 2009/2010 campaign, but he made seven appearances for the first team during the season as well.
Nonetheless, he played no more than 13 games for the Yellows in the 2015/2016 La Liga campaign. Mateo Musacchio has 3 caps for the Argentina national team. Speaking of his honours, the Argentine defender did well to clinch the 2008 Clausura with River Plate.
Highlighted Team (Benfica):
Member of the ‘Big Three’ clubs in Portugal alongside FC Porto and CP Sporting, Sport Lisboa e Benfica are the football club that has never been relegated from the Primeira Liga. The club is nicknamed Aguias because of the Eagle symbol atop the club’s crest. Benfica play their home games at the Estadio da Luz which replaced the original one in 2003 and which boasts the capacity of more than 64,000. Arguably the most successful club in Portugal, Benfica have won a record of 35 Primeira Liga titles and also a record 25 Taca de Liga and 7 Taca da Liga trophies.
Two-time European Cup winners, Benfica are the club known for their diligent work with youth players, many of which went on to make great careers abroad. The most prominent players to wear a Benfica shirt are legendary Eusebio, Manuel Bento, Jorge Tavares and most recently Javier Saviola, Nuno Gomes, David Luiz and Angel Di Maria.