Prediction Milan-Porto: CL

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Action in Group B will resume on Wednesday with AC Milan hosting Porto in Milan at 18:45 GMT.

Milan will try to get the first points of their disappointing Champions League season.

Porto will look to capitalize on any results from the other Group B match between Liverpool and Atletico Madrid at Anfield.

Game preview

Milan’s nightmare returns to the Champions League

The Rossoneri have resumed living a nightmare in the top European club competition. Stefan Pioli’s men have lost all three games in Group B and are rooted at the base of the group with 0 points.

In the race for the Scudetto, Milan have won their last five Serie A games and are on 31 points with leaders Napoli.

It is puzzling why Pioli was unable to transfer Serie A form into Champions League matches.

Fresh from inflicting Jose Mourinho’s first home defeat at home, in the 2-1 victory at Roma, the Rossoneri will be looking to score their first points at home against Porto.

Will Porto Pip manage Atletico Madrid in second place in group B?

Quarter-finals last season, Porto have had a pedigree in the Champions League in recent years. They performed excellently against future Chelsea winners in that quarter-final, losing 2-1 on aggregate.

This season they are on 4 points with Atletico Madrid in the group, which will face leaders Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday.

In the first leg, Porto beat Milan 1-0, winning all three points and resuming the championship after a heavy 1-5 loss to Liverpool at home.

Like AC Milan, Sérgio Conceição’s men have won their last five Primeira Liga games and are at the top of the table with Sporting at 26 points after 10 games.

This rendezvous promises to be a cracking one as each team gives their all to take all three points. A tie will not benefit either of them.

Form guide

In all competitions, Porto have won four and lost one of their last five games. The Rossoneri have an identical path, with four wins and one defeat in a series of five outings.

The only defeat Milan suffered in this race was in the Champions League against Porto at the Estadio do Dragao.

Team news

Milan will have to do without six injured players. These include Samu Castillejo with a hamstring, Ante Rebic with a sprained ankle and Junior Messias with a muscle injury.

Other doubts are the midfielder Alessandro Florenzi and the goalkeepers Mike Miagnan and Alessandro Plizzari.

Postage is likely to be without Wendell, out with a knee injury, and he is expected to be back in early November.

Possible initial formations

AC Milan

  1. Tătăruşanu; T. Hernandez, F. Tomori, S. Kjaer, D. Calabria; F. Kessie, I. Bennacer; R. Leao, R. Krunic, A. Saelemaekers; Z. Ibrahimovic

postage

  1. It costs; J. Mario, C. Mbemba, Pepe, Z. Sanusi; Otavio, M. Uribe, S. Oliveira, L. Diaz; M. Taremi, Evanilson

Players to watch

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

At 40, Zlatan Ibrahimovic shows no signs of slowing down. Fresh from scoring a goal to help Milan overtake Jose Mourinho’s Roma, the Swede will be busy starting as the Rossoneri try to revive their chances of qualifying for the later stages of the Champions League.

Ibrahimovic is a player for the big stage and has already shown in the past that he is successful in times of high pressure. Milan will seek in him the goals he will need to overcome Porto.

Ibrahimovic, the most experienced player of Pioli’s team, will play a fundamental role in leading Milan in a match to be done or died at San Siro.

Franck Kessie

Kessie has been one of the driving forces behind AC Milan’s title race this season. As a box-to-box midfielder, Kessie offers forward drive, ball retention and defensive solidity.

Against a good Porto, Stefan Pioli will need his midfielder to have top play to fight against the opponent’s control of the midfield battle, maintain possession and provide the basis for attacks and support Ibrahimovic in attack.

Sergio de Oliveira

Oliveira is the creative midfielder and scorer at the center of all Porto’s good and dangerous plays.

His skillful touch, close control, one-two passes, back runs, assists and scoring are all crucial tools in Porto’s armor. He will therefore be one to keep an eye on in this San Siro match.

Taremi and Evanilson

The two Porto strikers are decisive for the danger that the team will run against Milan.

Their offensive play as a couple and the connection with the rest of the team through the center and on the wings will be fundamental in causing problems for the Milan defense.

Prediction

Expect this match to be closely fought between two equal teams fighting for survival in the Champions League.

Milan will show much more urgency and intensity as they are playing at home and have not won a single match this year.

The Rossoneri are in good shape in Serie A and need to translate it into European competition and help out their campaign.

Porto will play their high intensity pressing, which has been significantly effective in their recent successes in the competition.

The fact that AC Milan are playing at home, along with the good form they have enjoyed so far in Serie A, expects AC Milan to open their account in Europe and score their first three points.

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