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AC Milan vs Benfica - Goals predicted in clash of attack minded rivals

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AC Milan vs Benfica clash in the ICC tipped to produce over 2.5 goals (Getty Images)

AC Milan vs Benfica Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


AC Milan and Benfica are set to serve up goals in their International Champions Cup clash at the Gillette Stadium in Massachusetts. The preseason nature of this clash makes an outcome of over 2.5 goals a likely outcome at odds of 1.65.

Benfica are also backed to claim the victory at 2.25 having won their last three preseason matches.

AC Milan Form & Team News


AC Milan were beaten 1-0 by German champions Bayern Munich in their previous ICC fixture. They fell behind in first half injury time and despite several attempts on goal could not find a way back into the contest.

It was the first taste of preseason action for Milan who are heading into a new era under manager Marco Giampaolo. They were unconvincing against Bayern and are not favoured to win on Saturday at odds of 3.00 while a draw is priced at 3.50.

Krzysztof Piatek and Samu Castillejo started in attack against Bayern and both men are likely to continue their partnership on Saturday. Patrick Cutrone could also be handed a start after coming off the bench last time out.

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AC Milan manager Marco Giampaolo is expected to deploy an attacking team to face Benfica (Getty Images)

SL Benfica Form & Team News


Benfica were victorious in their last fixture in the ICC as they triumphed 2-1 against Fiorentina. Haris Seferovic opened the scoring early in the first half while Caio Fernandes added the second in the 93rd minute after the Serie A team had drawn level.

Bruno Lage’s men have had a stellar preseason and head into Saturday’s clash off the back of three straight wins. Their good form has them at odds of 2.25 for a victory but having conceded in six off their last eight matches, they are not expected to keep a clean sheet against Milan.

Haris Seferovic and Raul De Tomas have impressed for the Portuguese champions in preseason with both men scoring three goals each. They should continue their partnership in attack while Caio Fernandes could also be given a run out following his goal against Fiorentina. 

AC Milan vs Benfica Head to Head


AC Milan have one win and two draws from three previous meetings against Benfica. The most recent meeting was friendly in 2009 which ended 1-1.

AC Milan vs Benfica Match Up


AC Milan are usually plagued by poor defending and have conceded three goals in their last two matches. They have some quality in attack with Krzysztof Piatek, who is expected to give the Benfica defence some trouble. 

Raul de Tomas and Haris Seferovic appear to be forming a solid partnership in attack for Benfica with six goals between them in preseason. Both men combined for the opener against Fiorentina and should get the better of the Milan defence.

Benfica
Benfica have seen over 2.5 goals in their last five matches (Getty Images)

AC Milan vs Benfica Key Statistics


  • AC Milan have lost 5 of their last 8 matches (ICC).
  • Benfica have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 5 matches (all competitions).
  • Benfica have failed to keep a clean sheet in 6 of their last 8 matches (all competitions).
  • Benfica have won their last 3 matches (all competitions).

Verdict


AC Milan and Benfica often favour an open style of play and are set to produce over 2.5 goals at odds of 1.65. The Portuguese champions are tipped to emerge victorious at odds of 2.25 having won their last three matches. 

Best Bet: Over 2.5 Goals @ 1.65 at bet365 – 3 Units 
Value Bet: Benfica Win @ 2.25 at bet365 – 1 Unit

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