With one team well into their season and leading the title race, it will be an interesting test of the AC Milan squad’s fitness and preparation. Shamrock Rovers sit atop of the League of Ireland Premier Division, enjoying an eight point gap with seven games remaining.
Venue: Tallaght Stadium, Dublin
Milan: W, W, D, W, W
Shamrock Rovers: D, D, W, W, W
Europa League Form
Milan: W, L, D, W, L
Shamrock Rovers: W, D, W, L, D (WPen)
After a strong finish to the season, Milan will want to make sure that after reaching the Europa League, they progress into the group stages and money earning rounds. With a young squad and not much European Experience, this will be a good arena to start. For Shamrock Rovers, they will surely be excited to play against some of the world’s most iconic players, and test their skills.
With the Shamrock Rovers having 9 wins and 2 draws in their league so far, they will have plenty to be confident about entering into this fixture.
Players to Watch
Coming off a brace against Cork City in their last game, the 30-year-old centre forward will look to cause problems and continue his scoring form. In 11 matches he has 4 goals, getting involved in play from wide and central areas.
Ibrahimovic always has a point to prove, and it won’t matter to him if it’s against the biggest teams or the smallest. With his power and ability to play in Milan’s wide players, expect him to get on the score sheet to kick off the new season well.
The centre back partnership for Milan will be critical to making it through this one-legged game. Gabbia is covering for the injured Alessio Romagnoli and will need to step up to ensure that Milan get to the next round of the competition. The duo will face a resilient Shamrock side and an attack that has scored 8 goals in the last 4 games.
Shamrock Rovers 1–3 AC Milan