AC Milan might have made a sluggish start to the defence of their Serie A crown but a 3-0 home win over Palermo at the weekend suggests they are well placed to ease to victory over BATE Borisov at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on Wednesday.
Indeed, while Massimiliano Allegri’s men sit 13th in the Serie A table after six matches, it is their away form that has let them down, with their league record at the San Siro this season reading two wins and two draws from four matches.
And with their Champions League campaign starting with a highly credible draw with Barcelona at the Nou Camp and a home win against Viktoria Plzen, Milan look capable of outclassing their Belarusian opponents as Barcelona did on matchday two.
BATE lost 5-0 at home to the reigning European champions in their last Champions League outing having drawn 1-1 with Plzen on matchday one.
With their last trip to the San Siro ending in a similar fashion to their sojourn to Spain – they lost a UEFA Cup first round, second leg tie 4-0 in 2001 – BATE will surely be looking to limit the damage on Wednesday.
This explains why a draw (23/4) and BATE victory (16/1) are so long in bwin’s 3Way football betting market, with Milan odds-on to pick up a home win at 4/25.
Given how short the price is for an Milan victory, punters might be better off betting on a home win to nil at 18/25 or, failing that, a 4-0, 5-0 or 6-0 victory for the Italian side at 4/1.
A successful £25 free bet on Milan to win 4-0, 5-0 or 6-0 would return £125, with the free bet available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account.
The five-time European Cup winners certainly look likely to keep a clean sheet having not conceded in their last three home matches, while the fact they scored four goals at home four times last season points to a healthy victory.
Indeed, their attack was the best-performing in Serie A home matches in the 2010/11 season, suggesting the likes of Antonio Cassano and Zlatan Ibrahimovic will prove too strong for the BATE defence and score at least four goals between them.
However, the best bet could be on Milan’s top scorer Cassano to score the last goal at 7/2, with all three of the Italian’s strikes this season being the final addition to the scoresheet.
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