Kick-off: 0100, 05/08/2018
Stadium: Levi’s Stadium
Barcelona paid the price for making wholesale late changes when losing to Roma in the International Champions Cup but can learn their lesson for the clash with AC Milan.
The Catalan giants will be keen to end the tournament on a high note and sharpen up ahead of a Spanish Super Cup tussle with Sevilla.
Ernesto Valverde’s side are attractively priced at 23/20 and get the nod to prevail in Santa Clara as our first AC Milan vs Barcelona prediction.
A Look At AC Milan’s Betting Odds
Milan opened their campaign by losing out on penalties to Manchester United following a 1-1 draw in normal time in Carson City.
The Rossoneri were then beaten 1-0 by Tottenham in Minneapolis, with both of those matches lacking intensity.
Gennaro Gattuso’s side could only manage sixth place in Serie A last season and still look very much a work in progress, despite significant investment over the past couple of years.
Spanish striker Suso has caught the eye, scoring against United, and he said of the Spurs game: “We had very clear opportunities but the ball did not go in.”
Gattuso’s pursuit of Juventus forward Gonzalo Higuain highlights a need for more attacking options.
A Look At Barcelona’s Betting Odds
Barcelona will be keen to tighten up at the back after featuring in a couple of very open contests so far.
They edged out Tottenham on penalties after drawing 2-2 in normal time and then faltered late on in a 4-2 loss to Roma.
However, Valverde will be buoyed by the exploits of new recruit Malcom, who put his side 2-1 ahead after 49 minutes of that second game.
Nelson Semedo summed up the mood in the camp when stating: “We don’t have all of our players but there are a lot of positive things to look at. There are also things we can work on to continue improving.”
Barca only collapsed against Roma after making 10 substitutions, so we’re hoping they adopt a more sensible approach to squad rotation this time.
Several players will seek to impress before returning to Spain and 27/2 for a 2-0 triumph completes our AC Milan vs Barcelona betting tips.
Tottenham 1-0 AC MILAN
BARCELONA 2-4 Roma – Rafinha, Malcom
Head-to-head: Barcelona 3-1 AC Milan, AC Milan 1-1 Barcelona, Barcelona 4-0 AC Milan, AC Milan 2-0 Barcelona, Barcelona 3-1 AC Milan, AC Milan 0-0 Barcelona
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