Date: 25 October 2018
Time: 6:55PM CEST, 12.55PM EDT,
Venue: San Siro, Milan, Italy
Television: UniMas (Spanish) in the United States, ESPN2 Sur in Argentina & most of South America, beINSports HD 2 in the Middle East, BT Sport ESPN in the UK & Ireland, ESPN Norte in Mexico & Central America, SONY TEN 1 HD in India, and Sky Calcio 2 in Italy
Streaming: Bleacher Report Live (English) and Univision NOW (Spanish) in the United States, beIN Sports Connect in the Middle East, DAZN in Germany & Canada, ESPN Play Norte in Mexico & Central America, ESPN Play Sur in the South America, and Sky GO Italia.
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Milan and Betis have played once before, and that was back in 1977, with Betis winning in the Cup Winner’s Cup, proving that even 41 years ago that Milan had a problem beating Spanish teams.
Milan and Betis have played once before, and that was back in 1977, with Betis winning in the Cup Winner’s Cup
There are a few surprises in the Milan team that has been selected to face Betis. Mateo Musacchio, who used to play in La Liga with Villarreal, misses out, as well as Hakan Calhanoglu and Ignazio Abate.
Gattuso made it sound in his press conference that Mattia Caldara might play in the match, although he did say that he “didn’t have 90 minutes in his legs,” which suggests that Cristian Zapata will probably either start alongside Alessio Romagnoli or will come in and play a significant role.
Pepe Reina has played in the Europa League matches up until this point, so it’s likely that he will once again start in net, and Suso has been rested as well, with Samu Castillejo usually taking his place.
Milan will be looking to take all three points from this match and make it three victories out of three in the Europa League, while Betis will be looking to get a second win after beating Dudelange last time out. A win would put Betis on top, as they drew with Olympiacos in their first group match. Betis was a surprise team last year in La Liga, but this year they are currently in 11th place, well behind the European places that they placed into last season.
Milan should be able to win this match, but this will be the most challenging Europa League game so far for the Rossoneri. A good win at the San Siro will do wonders to take pressure off of Gattuso and let everyone forget, at least for a little while, about last weekend’s derby loss to Inter Milan.