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Milan Tottenham Betting – Milan Ends Spurs’ European Dream

Posted by Todd Shale on 1/20/2011 3:23:17 PM
milan tottenham betting betting players should get prepared for the most exciting matchup of the knockout stage, as upstarts Tottenham look to take out European legends AC Milan. Spurs have been known for their brand of attacking football, which worked against one Italian team from Milan, but it won’t work against the Rossoneri, who not only have a strong defense, but clinical strikers as well.

  • What: Soccer Betting
  • When: February 15th, 2:45 PM ET (at Milan); March 9th, 2:45 PM ET (at Tottenham)
  • Where: The San Siro (at Milan); White Hart Lane (at Tottenham)
  • Pick: AC Milan

What’s On The Line

Milan have been resurgent under manager Massimilaniano Allegri, rolling to the top of Series A, but they could only manage to finish second in their Champions League group behind a rampant Real Madrid. Tottenham were one of the surprise group-winners, and they had to get past defending champions Inter Milan to do it. This means they’ve already played at the San Siro, and they gave Inter all they could handle and more in a 4-3 loss, in which Gareth Bale put his name on the map with a stunning hat trick. This is Spurs’ first trip to the Champions League, while Milan have won the competition seven times, most recently in 2007.

Offensive Matchups: Milan Tottenham Betting

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has flourished since returning to the San Siro (he played with Inter Milan from 2006 to 2009), and he is the target man that Milan was missing last season. Pato and Robinho feed off the lanky Swedish striker, while Andrea Pirlo continues to pull the strings from his deep-lying position in midfield. Milan let Ronaldinho return to Brazil, so they’re in the market for a playmaker to play further ahead up the pitch. d Clarence Seedorf does a good job in midfield, but he’s no Kaka or Ronaldinho, even though he is second on the team with 11 assists. Antonio Cassano has also joined the team from Sampdoria, and that should take some pressure off of Ibrahimovic.

Spurs’ attack hinges largely on the play of Bale, the left winger with piles of speed and one of the most dangerous left feet in Europe. With Bale and Aaron Lennon on the wings, Tottenham is a fast team who will get plenty of opportunities. Rafael Van Der Vaart and Luka Modric have also been good as attacking midfielders, but the strikers they’re supporting have been disappointing. Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe have combined for eight goals, and Defoe has been hurt for a lot of the season. Roman Pavlyuchenko was doing well, but he hasn’t scored since mid-December. The strikers have to improve, although they do have one impressive midfield, and they added to it by snagging Stephen Pienaar from Everton.

Betting Edge: Spurs

Defensive Matchups: Milan Tottenham Betting

Soccer betting players everywhere are amazed that Alessandro Nesta is still a top-notch defender at 34, turning 35 in March. But Nesta is very similar to Milan legend Paolo Maldini, who taught Nesta the ropes and just retired two seasons ago, in that he’s not as fast as he used to be, but he sees things two or three steps ahead of everyone else. That has allowed keeper Christian Abbiati to have confidence in the defense, while Thiago Silva has been excellent, and of course, the defense is protected by Gennaro Gattuso, who is still one of the toughest men in Europe. If you know one thing about Milan, it’s that they’re going to be defensively disciplined.

Keeper Gomes and fullback Benoit Assou-Ekotto have been the constants along the back for Tottenham, who have been dealing with the usual glut of injuries to their defense. Michael Dawson and Ledley King have been out for the most of the season, although Dawson is back now. Jonathan Woodgate will go out on loan before he plays in a Spurs shirt because of his injury history, and Tom Huddlestone has also been out for a couple of months, robbing Spurs of their holding midfielder. It’s a good thing Spurs can score, because their defense will likely be their downfall at some point.

Betting Edge: Milan

Notable Injuries: Milan Tottenham Betting

Defender Gianluca Zambrotta (knee) and midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng (sports hernia) are the major injury worries for AC Milan ahead of this two-legged tie.

Huddlestone (ankle) may be back for the first leg, while King (groin) and Woodgate (groin) are highly unlikely for Spurs.

Betting Edge: Draw

Outlook And Pick: Milan Tottenham Betting

Milan will likely be the soccer betting favorites in this tie because of their Champions League experience, and the lights are going to get brighter on Tottenham as they get to this stage of Europe’s biggest club competition. The key for Spurs is to stay with Milan in the San Siro, because Tottenham is a monster of a team at White Hart Lane. Milan is a much better defensive team than Inter, and whoever is playing on the left side of the field has to shut down Bale, because we think Milan can hang with Tottenham in the middle of the pitch. In the end, we think it’ll be tight, but we trust Milan’s strikers to come through, even away from home, and their midfield will smother their English counterparts. Take AC Milan in your sports betting picks.

Pick: AC Milan



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