Liverpool vs Milan: prediction and bets on 2021-22 Champions League, September 15, 2021
Liverpool F.C. and A.C. Milan will kick off the 2021-22 season of the men’s football UEFA Champions League with a mouth-watering Group B match at Anfield on Wednesday, September 15, starting at 8 p.m. local time (10 p.m. Moscow time), in a rematch of the 2005 and 2007 finals of the competition.
The ‘Reds’ are in pursuit of their seventh European crown this year, while Milan will want to triumph on the continental scene for the eighth time.
The current form of Liverpool Liverpool’s win over Leeds United over the weekend should have been focused on Mohamed Salah’s 100th Premier League goal, but a horrible injury to Harvey Elliott overshadowed what would have otherwise been a successful trip to Elland Road for the ‘Reds.'
Salah, Sadio Mané, and Fabinho all scored in the 3-0 victory, but Elliott, who had begun to establish himself as a regular starter under Jürgen Klopp, was taken out of the pitch with a dislocated ankle after a challenge from Pascal Struijk and is now set to undergo surgery to fix the condition. As long as the road to rehabilitation lasts, Klopp stated Liverpool would wait for Elliott, but the ‘Reds’ cannot afford to linger on the teenager’s misfortune as they strive to better on their Champions League quarter-final performance last season when Real Madrid sent them packing.
Liverpool will be seeking a rapid start in Group B, which also includes Iberian giants Porto and Atlético Madrid, after securing three wins and three clean sheets from four Premier League games this month. Liverpool also hold a 13-game winning streak counting all competitions. Liverpool may also take heart from the fact that they have kept three successive clean sheets in their previous three Champions League home games, and only one of group stage games at Anfield under Klopp has ended in defeat, albeit last season - a 2-0 loss to Atalanta, the team that didn’t reach the playoffs.
The current form of Milan Despite failing to maintain a Scudetto challenge in the 2020-21 Serie A season, Milan have started the season well, winning three of their first three top-flight games, including a 2-0 victory against Lazio on Sunday. After Rafael Leão opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time, immortal Zlatan Ibrahimović - now three weeks before his 40th birthday - stepped off the bench to seal the win as the ‘Rossoneri’ maintained their perfect start alongside Roma and Napoli.
After an eight-year hiatus from the Champions League, Milan will return to the elite contest. During that time, they advanced to Round of 16 of Europa League only twice, while five of their last six Champions League heats have also finished in the group stage. Wednesday’s game will mark the first time Milan have set foot on the pitch for a Champions League duel since losing 4-1 against Atlético Madrid in their last appearance, in 2013-14 - not exactly a good omen for the multiple champions - and they have only achieved one win from their last 13 games against English opponents.
The ‘Istanbul miracle’ is still vivid in Liverpool fans’ minds, but Milan took revenge two years later with a 2-1 victory in 2007 final, the most recent meeting between two teams with a combined total of 13 European crowns.
We expect both teams to score in this game, as both Liverpool and Milan have had strong beginnings in the season and have been quite efficient in front of rivals’ goals. Additionally, in the two previous competitive matches between the two teams, both of which were Champions League finals, each scored. STS, which belongs to the group of top bookmakers for betting on the Champions League, prepared an odd of 1.80 for both teams to score (BTTS).