Having won their last three games, AC Milan will aim to make it four tomorrow evening as they head to Seville for the important clash with Real Betis. 

Although the Rossoneri have seemingly picked themselves up in the league, they will still have lots to prove on Thursday evening as they once again face Real Betis, who won the game at San Siro two weeks ago. 

With that said, AC Milan are deemed as the outsiders at 3.40, meaning a £10 bet would return as much as £24 profit according to this betting calculator

THE TEAM

In the past few weeks, it hasn’t been easy for Gennaro Gattuso as several key players have been out injured. Despite this, they’ve managed to win three consecutive games, although tomorrow’s match-up could see a change in the formation. 

According to Sky Italia, the Rossoneri will start with a 3-5-2 formation, just like against Genoa. However, the last-gasp hero Romagnoli will not play from the first minute, with Musacchio returning to the starting eleven. Zapata and Rodriguez will complete the back three, while Pepe Reina will start in goal. 

Romagnoli Milan

As Higuain will be rested for the Juve game, Suso will be moved up to the attack. This means that Borini will take his spot on the right flank, partnering up with Kessie, Bakayoko, Calhanoglu and Laxalt in the midfield. Alongside Suso, Cutrone will complete the line-up up front. 

Likely AC Milan XI (3-5-2): Reina; Zapata, Musacchio, Rodriguez; Borini, Kessie, Bakayoko, Calhanoglu, Laxalt; Suso, Cutrone. 

THE OPPONENTS

After somewhat struggling in the league, Real Betis have proved that they’re still a team to look out for. When at San Siro, even though Milan were certainly poor, they showed great composure on the ball, quickly moving it forward. 

The midfielder Sergio Canales rescued a point for them in last weekend’s game against Celta Vigo, which dramatically ended 3-3. This puts them in 14th place in the league, and Milan need to pounce on their poor league form. 

LAST TIME OUT

As mentioned before, these sides last met two weeks ago at the San Siro. After a great start to the game, Real Betis managed to take the lead through Sarabia. In the second half, Lo Celso doubled their tally with a great strike from outside the box. 

However, the Spanish side failed to properly close the game as Castillejo found Cutrone in the box, with the latter making no mistakes with the finish. With just minutes to go, Castillejo was brought down in the are and arguably should’ve had a penalty, something the referee didn’t award. The game finished 1-2, though Gattuso’s men showed signs of life at the end. 

KEY PLAYERS

Suso has been mentioned a lot in this section thus far, but there’s a good reason for that. Even though he didn’t really perform to his standards against Udinese, he still got the decisive assist, taking his tally up to 8 for the season. Cutrone will look to pounce on his deliveries on Thursday night, and with Suso playing further up the pitch, there will certainly be opportunities. 

MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 31: Fernandez Suso (L) of AC Milan celebrates with his team-mate Patrick Cutrone (R) after scoring the opening goal during the serie A match between AC Milan and Genoa CFC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 31, 2018 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

For the away side, Lo Celso proved to be very tricky for the Milan defence last time out. Bakayoko will have to keep track of the Argentinian, otherwise, we can be sure that Betis will get a chance or two. 

PREDICTION

Given how both sides have performed in their respective leagues as of late, it shouldn’t be a hard game to call on paper. However, since Milan lost the first game against Betis, it gets a bit trickier.

Without thinking too much about their previous encounter, the Rossoneri should be able to snatch all three points tomorrow evening, although it won’t be easy. 

Real Betis 0-2 AC Milan

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