Serie A League leaders AC Milan face off against 2nd placed League 1 LOSC Lille in what could be a deciding match for the group’s table toppers.
Lille comes into the game with a lot of confidence after winning their latest game 4–0 and will not be afraid of Milan after a convincing 3–0 victory at the San Siro earlier in the group stages. Milan will also be feeling red hot after an important victory against Napoli keeping them at the summit of the Scudetto Race, but will be missing Zlatan Ibrahimovic .
Venue: Stade Pierre Mauroy
Milan: W, W, L, D, W
Lille: D, D, W, L, W
Sparta Prague 1 - 4 LOSC Lille
LOSC Lille 2 - 2 Celtic FC
AC Milan 0 - 3 LOSC Lille
Milan 0 - 3 Lille
Milan 0 - 2 Lille (2006)
Lille 0 - 0 Milan (2006)
Milan has quite a few injuries with Leao, Saelemaekers and Ibrahimovic missing, players making their way back into regular game time and captain Romagnoli making a steady return. Rebic will need to quickly find the net to replace the missing Ibrahimovic’s goals for Milan to take anything away from this game.
Renato Sanches is the most notable injury for Lille, with the box to box midfielder out of action for the tie in what will be a major miss in the middle of the park.
Players to Watch
The golden boy has yet to really make an impact at his new club, with high expectations placed on his development. With Kessie likely to be rested, this will be a great opportunity for the midfielder to showcase his passing and bring players into the game.
With 1 goal in 3 Europa league games so far, the Canadian forward is trying to find his feet after transferring. In general, more is expected of the powerful and fast forward, and with 1 goal in his last game, he will be eager to continue his scoring form.
Milan will be relying on Rebic to lead the line and find the net in the coming weeks with his return to the starting 11. After a strong showing against Napoli, the fighting spirit of Rebic and directness will surely cause the Lille backline to worry.
Prediction: Lille 1 - 2 Milan