Must Win Match for Graham Potter’s Chelsea
Chelsea is back on track in the Premier League after Connor Gallagher’s 90th minute winner over Crystal Palace. After getting his first Chelsea win, Graham Potter will be hoping his Blues hand him his first Champions League win. It couldn’t possibly come at a better time as Chelsea are languishing in last place in Group E. They face defending Serie A champions, who got a 90th minute winner of their own on Saturday. Let’s preview one of Wednesday’s best matches and take a look at the Chelsea vs. AC Milan betting odds.
Champions League – Chelsea vs. AC Milan Game Info:
- Location: Stamford Bridge, London, England
- Date & Time:
- Streaming: Live Stream Sports
- Oct 1999: AC Milan 1-1 Chelsea
- Sep 1999: Chelsea 0-0 AC Milan
- Mar 1966: AC Milan 1-1 Chelsea
- Feb 1966: Chelsea 2-1 AC Milan
- Feb 1966: AC Milan 2-1 Chelsea
Chelsea and AC Milan haven’t played a competitive match against each other since 1999. The Blues faced AC Milan in Champions League twice and both meetings finished in a draw. These teams have only met five times in their history, with three draws and one win apiece.
Potter, Aubameyang and Chelsea Up and Running
- Recent Form (All Competitions): W,D,L,W,L
- Injuries and Suspensions: G Edouard Mendy (Out), D Marc Cucurella (Doubtful), M Jorginho (Day-to-Day), M N’Golo Kante (Out), M Carney Chukwuemeka (Out),
Saturday was a day of firsts for Chelsea as the Graham Potter era gets underway. Pierre Aubameyang opened up the scoring for CFC and got his first Chelsea goal in the process. Connor Gallagher scored the game winner vs. Crystal Palace, which was also his first-ever Chelsea goal. Potter got his first Chelsea win in his first Premier League match.
They’ll be hoping to continue the momentum into Wednesday. Chelsea’s last Champions League match was Potter’s first match as Chelsea boss. The Blues drew with RB Salzburg 1-1 as Raheem Sterling’s goal was canceled out by a late equalizer. With just one point from their first two UCL matches, Chelsea desperately need a win. The Chelsea vs. AC Milan betting odds favor the hosts but Chelsea have some big absences.
Goalkeeper Édouard Mendy is out which means Kepa is in line for more minutes. If Jorginho can’t suit up, expect to see Ruben Loftus-Cheek or Trevoh Chalobah in his place. Italian international Jorginho was subbed off on Saturday and his status is uncertain. Meanwhile, N’Golo Kante is out which means Loftus-Cheek or Chalobah should pair with Mateo Kovacic in defensive midfield. Defender Marc Cucurella was hospitalized with an infection and it doesn’t seem like he’ll be available either.
Milan Injury Crisis Gets Even Worse
- Recent Form: W,L,W,W,D
- Injuries and Suspensions: G Mike Maignan (Out), D Simon Kjaer (Out), D Theo Hernandez (Out), D Davide Calabria (Out), D/M Alessandro Florenzi (Out), M Alexis Saelemaekers (Out), F Divock Origi (Day-to-Day), F Junior Messias (Out), F Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Out),
While Chelsea have their fair share of injuries, AC Milan nearly have a full starting XI of absentees. Three Milan players came off with injuries in the 3-1 win at Empoli. Davide Calabria, Simon Kjaer and Alexis Saelemaekers are all slated to miss the match. Sergino Dest and Pierre Kalulu could slot into the back line.
Milan are still short on forwards with Divock Origi, Junior Messias and Zlatan Ibrahimovic all potentially sidelined. Olivier Giroud should continue to shoulder the load up front. Ciprian Tatarusanu should start in goal with number one Mike Maignan out. Stefano Pioli has a lot of decisions to make with so many players out. Pioli’s AC Milan are just three points behind first place Napoli in Serie A as they continue their title defense.
Even with all of their injuries, Milan are still on top of the Group E UEFA Champions League standings. Last time out, they managed a 3-1 win over Dinamo Zagreb and have four points through two matches. They’ve also scored in each of their last six matches but have failed to keep a shutout during that span.
Odds & Preview
Chelsea vs. AC Milan betting odds price Chelsea at -140 odds. The Blues have played just two matches in the last month and stand to have fresh legs. Still, neither team will be able to field close to their strongest side. With that in mind, AC Milan sit at just +375 odds to get their first-ever win at Stamford Bridge. A draw, which AC Milan would most likely be happy with, shows +295 odds.
AC Milan sit at just +375 odds to get their first-ever win at Stamford Bridge. A draw, which AC Milan would most likely be happy with, shows +295 odds.
This match is a big one for AC Milan’s Giroud and Fikayo Tomori. Both players used to play for Chelsea and departed the club in 2021. Tomori was never quite able to become a first team center back in West London but played a big part in Milan’s 2021-22 Serie A triumph. Giroud scored some big goals for Chelsea and has done the same during his brief time in Milan.
Like in four of the previous five meetings all-time, both teams are expected to score. BTTS sits at -150 odds and the over/under goal total is 2½. Both the over and under are priced at -110 odds. However, six of the last eight Chelsea matches have gone over 2½ along with five of the last six Milan matches.
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