AC Milan: this season marks the return of AC Milan to European competitions after being out for some seasons, as a result of some disastrous campaigns domestically.
This season AC Milan is aiming for title contention and to go as far as possible in this Europa League. They signed several good players, including Bonucci, Calhanoglu, Conti, André Silva, and several others.
They are investing strong and looking to return to glory after a long drought. The Milanese team was on tour in China, where they even smashed Bayern Munich 4-0.
It was the last match before this Europa League clash, where they beat Craiova 1-0 in the 1st leg, in a match where they were superior but still a bit lacklustre, which is perfectly normal since it was their first official match.
Craiova: the Romanians of Craiova were able to qualify for this Europa League qualifying rounds as a result of their 4th place in the Romanian championship.
They are a team without much power, even in their domestic league. They don’t have much experience on European competitions and their squad doesn’t have much quality either.
Their squad is mainly composed of Romanian players, but their key players are foreigners, like Kelic and Gustavo Di Mauro.
From the Romanian players, I’d say the best one is Baluta, who started this season well, scoring 3 goals already.
Craiova has 5 points in 3 matches played so far. At home, in the 1st leg, they lost 1-0 to this Italian side, which was an expected result, but this Romanian side was even able to cause some issues to the Italians and had the 1st big goal chance of the match, but they couldn’t take it. They come into this match after a 1-1 draw at Steaua..
AC Milan vs Craiova Pick:
There is a lot of expectation surrounding this AC Milan team, who have signed strong players and that is aiming to make a strong season.
For the team, it is important to go into this Europa League’s group stage, in order to try and return to their past glories.
For this match I expect a stronger AC Milan, playing with an higher tempo than in the 1st leg and, although they could play around that 1st leg result, I think they will start off strong, trying to score as soon as possible
Despite them already leading this tie and being a lot better than their opponent, they shouldn’t ease up. With that said, I expect them to be winning at Half-Time, so that will be my bet.