Date: 8 November 2018
Time: 9:00PM CET, 3:00PM EST,
Venue: Estadio Benito Villamarín, Seville, Spain
Television: Univision Deportes (Spanish) in the United States, Fox Sports Sur in Argentina & most of South America, beINSports HD 1 in the Middle East, BT Sport ESPN in the UK & Ireland, Fox Sports Cono Norte in Mexico & Central America, Canal+ Sport 1 Afrique in Nigeria and much of Africa, Eurosport 2 in Sweden, SONY ESPN 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 South America, Eurosport Player in Sweden, and Sky GO Italia.
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️ @PReina25: "We are fully aware of the importance of tomorrow's game: qualification is at stake. You say #ACMilan are favoured to win? We just want the three points. We arrive at this match with the right mentality"#BetisMilan #UEL— AC Milan (@acmilan) November 7, 2018
Milan are going into the Real Betis match with a lot of expectations hanging over them after losing badly at home to the Spanish club. Milan went from looking pretty good against Olympiacos to looking like absolute abject failures.
This is not necessarily a must-win game, given that Milan will still qualify for the knockout rounds of the Europa League by beating Olympiacos and Dudelange, but it will certainly be easier to advance in the Europa League if Milan tops the group. To do that, Milan has to win today.
Rumors are somehow starting up about Gattuso’s job, which doesn’t make a ton of sense given the position of Milan in the table and a lack of depth which is being exposed by the injury bug. Milan’s got a rather dismal injury list, especially on defense, and appear to be resting players against Betis ahead of the Juventus match.
Pepe Reina will likely get the start against Betis, but beyond that the team will look fairly similar to what was played against Udinese, with the big difference being Gonzalo Higuain who didn’t make the trip and isn’t in the squad. The midfield depth is being tested so much that Riccardo Montolivo, who appeared to be in Gattuso’s doghouse, has even made the squad list. Oh, and because he got a red card in the Betis match at the San Siro, Samu Castillejo won’t be available either.
Honestly, if Milan get a draw here, it won’t be the worst result in the world. A win would be great, but grabbing a point and going back home would be just fine. The squad list is thin, and the Estadio Villamarín isn’t the easiest place in the world to play.
How do you think Milan will do? Would a draw be just fine, or is anything less than a win unacceptable? Let us know in the comments.