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AC Milan vs Rennes Prediction: Team News and Lineups Preview

AC Milan vs Rennes Prediction: Team News and Lineups Preview
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Bettingexpert’s AC Milan vs Rennes prediction, team news, lineups and fixtures preview in the Europa League is brought to you by Italian football expert, Daniele Fisichella.

Our AC Milan vs Rennes prediction is for AC Milan to win the match 2-0.

AC Milan vs Rennes Prediction, Team News, Standings and Lineups Preview

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AC Milan vs Rennes Prediction: Who can stop Rossoneri at San Siro?

Europa League, Play-offs 1st Leg, Thursday, February 15th, 20:00 (UK)

AC Milan won their sixth consecutive Serie A match at San Siro on Sunday as they beat Napoli by the odd goal.

Since December, the Rossoneri have been flying: they won 10 out of 14 games in all competitions, as only Inter in Serie A has achieved more points (28 against 23) in the last ten matches.

In the same period, Stefano Pioli’s men average 2.5 goals per game and have got Italy’s second-best attack. Only Bologna have more points in front of their home crowd than AC Milan, who have a 13-point cushion on Thiago Motta’s side currently in fifth place.

With such a big advantage in the table the Rossoneri can focus on the Europa League, a trophy that they’ve never won.

Group of Death

AC Milan came third in the Champions League ‘Group of Death’, where they paid for their imprecision in front of the goal.

In fact, despite attempting 95 shots (only four teams have done better), they’ve only scored five times, which made them the worst team for the xG difference (-4.9) in the competition so far.

This is the first time AC Milan and Rennes will face each other in an official European match, and the Milanese’s record against French teams is good: they’ve qualified in four of their last five knockout ties.

The visitors are in excellent form and look much more confident after Julien Stephan replaced Bruno Génésio in the dugout. They’re unbeaten in the last nine games, having won six of them, and have got Ligue 1’s third-best attack.

Les Rouge et Noirs have recently won away at Le Havre (1-0 at the weekend), Lyon, Sochaux, Guingamp and Clermont and can certainly trouble AC Milan, who have only kept one clean sheet in the last six.

In the Europa League, Rennes have always played on the front foot (they’re fifth for attempts) and got three points away in Athens and Haifa.

  • AC Milan vs Rennes Prediction: AC Milan Asian Handicap -0.75 (TRACKED BET)
  • Best Odds: 1.87
  • Bookmaker: bet365
  • Stakes: 9/10

AC Milan vs Rennes Prediction odds via bet365 as at 06:00, February 12th, 2024. Odds may now differ.

AC Milan vs Rennes Team News and Possible Lineups: Enzo leaves a gaping hole

Kalulu and Tomori will continue to miss out for AC Milan as both defenders endure recovery from injury. Malick Thiaw is back in full training but wasn’t fit enough to make the bench against Napoli at the weekend – he could feature in a watching brief on Thursday.

Enzo Le Fee, after coming off against Sochaux in the game before, was sidelined for Rennes’ 0-1 victory at the weekend. He’ll prove a big blow here, along with Belocian and Reider who are also ruled out through injury.

AC Milan possible starting lineup:
Maignan; Florenzi, Kjaer, Gabbia, Theo Hernandez; Reijnders, Adli; Pulisic, Loftus-Cheek, Leao; Jovic

Rennes possible starting lineup:
Mandanda; G. Doué, Omari, Theate, Truffert; Bourigeaud, Matusiwa, Santamaria, D. Doué; Kalimuendo, Terrier.

Match OPTA Stats: Europa League at first sight

  • Milan and Rennes will meet for the first time in a competitive fixture, with Milan progressing through four of their last five knockout ties against French opposition in major European competition, the most recent of which saw Milan eliminate Lyon at the quarter-final stage of the 2005/06 UEFA Champions League.
  • This will be Rennes’s fifth game against an Italian opponent in the UEFA Europa League, after two group-stage meetings with Udinese in the 2011/12 season (D1 L1) and then with Lazio in the 2019/20 campaign (W1/D1), with Rennes winning 2-0 at home in the most recent of those.
  • Only FC Salzburg (4) scored fewer goals than Milan (5) in the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League group stage, despite only four teams having more shots than I Rossoneri (95); Milan underperformed their expected-goals tally by a larger margin (-4.9) than any other team in the UEFA Champions League group stage.
  • After winning away to both Panathinaikos on MD3 and then to Maccabi Haifa on MD5 of the 2023/24 UEFA Europa League group stage, Rennes could now win three consecutive away games in major European competition for the very first time.

AC Milan Fixtures: Tough end to February

  • Vs Rennes (H)
  • Vs Monza (A)
  • Vs Rennes (A)
  • Vs Atalanta (H)
  • Vs Lazio (H)

Rennes Fixtures: Three upcoming competitions

  • Vs AC Milan (A)
  • Vs Clermont (H)
  • Vs AC Milan (H)
  • Vs PSG (A)
  • Vs Le Puy (H)


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