FK Austria Vienna vs AC Milan
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 14 September 2017
Kick-off: 19:00 CET
FK Austria Vienna came – unwillingly – close to falling victims of a surprise in the playoffs, despite beating Osijek 2-1 in the first leg in Croatia. The Austrian side went 1-0 down early in the second half back home, in the return leg, the score didn’t change until the final whistle, and they only qualified thanks to the away goal rule. They participated in the Europa League group stage last season as well, but failed to qualify for the last 32. Last weekend they drew 2-2 to Wolfsberger AC at home, two more points dropped, and they are currently sitting fourth in the table of Austria’s Bundesliga, on just 11 points from seven matches.
Everything was going great for AC Milan, until that deafening 4-1 defeat at Lazio last weekend. They had looked serious in all four matches they had played in the Europa League qualifiers, they had started the new Serie A season in Italy with two wins in as many games, but that defeat at Lazio has cast a shadow on… how serious contenders for the title in Italy they will be this season. Coach Vincenzo Montella was quick to defend his squad, saying that this season’s Milan is a “work in progress”, after the arrival of… a dozen new players. Milan haven’t played in the Europa League since 2009.
Previous five matches:
Austria vs Wolfsberger AC 2-2
Austria vs Ankerbrot 16-0
Admira vs Austria 1-3
Austria vs Osijek 0-1
Mattersburg vs Austria 1-3
Lazio vs Milan 4-1
Milan vs Cagliari 2-1
Shkendija vs Milan 0-1
Crotone vs Milan 0-3
Milan vs Shkendija 6-0
Austria Vienna’s next game is on Sunday, at home, against St. Pölten (Austria Bundesliga). Same day, Milan will be hosting Udinese (Italy Serie A).
FK Austria Vienna vs AC Milan: Head to head Stats
This is the first game ever between these two.
FK Austria Vienna vs AC Milan: Prediction
Leonardo Bonucci said after their 4-1 humiliation by Lazio that such defeats early in the season can actually be good, in the sense that they unveil weaknesses. I expect Milan to bounce back, and to beat Austria, looking infinitely better than last weekend.
FK Austria Vienna vs AC Milan: Betting Tips
Despite conceding four goals to Lazio, I’m backing Milan not just to win (1.44), but to keep a clean sheet as well, a combination that pays 2.30.
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