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Match Time: 3 P.M. Eastern US, 9 P.M. GMT + 1
Match Location: Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus, Athens, Greece.
It’s a deciding match in the final round of the Europa League for Italians AC Milan and Greek side Olympiacos. Match-day 6 finds these two teams in a position to execute their fate in the competition.
With Milan 3 points ahead of third place Olympiacos, the only way the Greeks can advance is if they win the match by 3 goals or more. Which would account for the +2 goal difference the Devils have on them.
Such an emphatic victory would be fitting to be marked as Olympiacos’ first triumph against AC Milan in their history (3 matches in total, 2 Milan wins and a draw). Especially since the Europa League is the Greeks main focus due to the lackluster luck they’ve had in their league.
In the last meeting between these two, Milan came out on top at the San Siro. Winning at a tally of 3-1 with the contributions coming from the fearful pair of Cutrone and Higuain.
Cutrone was able to knock a brace after coming on in 54th minute, down 0-1. Bagging the equalizing header from Ricardo Rodriguez’s cross in the 70th and tapping in the final nail of the coffin in the 79th, off a well-placed pass from Calhonoglu.
Calhonoglu also provided the assist to Higuain’s go-ahead effort, in the time between Cutrone’s brace. The Turkish star is due for a similarly strong performance, after giving some lackluster efforts in recent matches.
All fans should understand however that HC10 is going through a troubling time in his personal life. It is not a time to bash him, but rather to pick him up! We all know what he is capable of doing.
Given the games cruciality, both managers are looking to select the most able starting eleven they can. That said, we think the sides will line-up like this…
Milan (4-4-2): Reina; Calabria, Abate, Zapata, Rodriguez; Castillejo, Kessie, Bakayoko, Calhonoglu; Cutrone, Higuain.
Olympiacos (4-2-3-1): Sa; Koutris, Vukovic, Cisse, Torosidis; Nahuel, Guilherme, Fortounis, Camara, Elabdellaoui; Guerrero.
Coach Rino will surely be looking for Cutrone and Higuain to be as clincial as they were last match up, and hopefully our #10 can find his way again.