AC Milan v Barcelona Wed 19:45
With both sides firmly in the race to win their respective leagues, it promises to be on of this season’s epics when AC Milan play hosts to Barcelona in the first leg of their quarter-final clash with long odds on offer with Paddy Power, as the Catalan giants look to take a lead back to the Nou Camp.
I Rossoneri are currently four points ahead of Juventus, who remain firmly fixed on their tails in Serie A, while Barcelona continue to hound Real Madrid in the hopes that they will eventually give up top spot at the summit of La Liga.
And pressure appears to be telling too, as Pep Guardiola’s team are now just six points off of Los Blancos, following two consecutive slipups by the Madrid giants.
Regardless of domestic proceedings however, both clubs will now be firmly fixated on their European duties in a fixture that promises goals galore.
Milan currently hold the best attacking record in Serie A, netting an average of 2.07 goals per game when playing at the San Siro while Barça hold one of the strongest away records in the Spanish top flight, second only to Real in terms of attack.
While a huge portion of that statistic is down to the efforts of Player of the Year and world-beater, Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic insists that there is more to the Barcelona team than the pint-sized attacker.
Speaking before this week’s match, the Swedish international stated: “There is much more to their game than only Messi, just like Milan are not completely about Ibrahimovic. They are the best team in the world. We have nothing to lose though and the pressure is on Barcelona.”
They will have to do so without Alexandre Pato and Thiago Silva however, as the pair will not be available for either leg.
Pato continues to experience muscular problems that mystify Milan physios while Thiago Silva picked up a knock in the weekend win over Roma that will rule him out for at least two weeks.