Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Roma means AC Milan go into today’s Coppa Italia semi-final second leg with Palermo as the newly-crowned Serie A champions.
By picking up a point at the Stadio Olimpico, the Rossoneri stretched their lead to nine points over nearest rivals Internazionale, who still have three games to play.
However, as head-to-head results decide the outcome of the Scudetto if two teams are tied on points, Milan’s lead is unassailable following their two league wins over Inter this season.
Given Milan’s status as champions, it is hardly surprising that they are heavy 39/50 favourites for the match against Palermo.
Indeed, their first title since 2004 has been clinched on the back of a superb run of form which has seen them win five and draw one of their last six league matches.
That said, it would be foolish to overlook the chance of an upset, particularly given the fact that Milan’s last league defeat came at the hands of their opponents this evening.
Palermo’s 1-0 victory over Milan on March 19th was secured courtesy of Dorin Goian’s strike and it brought to an end a run of five successive defeats for Serie A’s eighth-placed side.
Since then, the form of the Rosanero has been encouraging, with wins over Napoli and Roma included in two of three successes in their subsequent seven matches.
The Sicilians showed further proof of their ability to cause an upset in the first leg of the semi-final against Milan.
They secured a 2-2 draw at the San Siro after strikes from Javier Pastore and Abel Hernandez cancelled out goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Urby Emanuelson.
As such, a 1-1 draw would be enough to see Palermo progress to the final for the first time since 1979.
With this in mind, a successful £10 bet on Palermo to draw 1-1 with Milan would return £75 – although it will still take a brave man to go against the new champions.
The 18-time Scudetto winners are priced at 4/5 to progress to the final.
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