Prediction AC Milan vs Ludogorets 23 February 2018

Prediction AC Milan vs Ludogorets 23 February 2018

Prediction AC Milan vs Ludogorets 23 Februari 2018

Making their way back to Europe’s premier competition is exactly what the new Milan owners need, after their busy summer transfer window. It seemed like they’d need to win the Europa League in order to do that, but the awful form from Vincenzo Montella’s reign has cleared up under Gennaro Gattuso, who has seen some big improvements from his team in the new year.

That’s affected this game in two ways. First of all, as a squad Milan seem much tighter at the back. They haven’t just benefited from some big displays defensively, they’re a side who know how to play as a unit. It’s not a breath-taking style of football, but it’s certainly a start. Secondly, Serie A will be Milan’s priority as long as there’s a top four place within reach for them. While they started putting all their eggs in to the Europa League’s basket, they’re going to be quickly back tracking on that. As a result, expect to see some changes here. Gattuso has been routinely switching up the attack, and that’s likely to happen once again.

TEAM NEWS

The first meeting between this pair was last Thursday’s first leg clash.

Franck Kessie and Andrea Conti remain absent, while Manuel Locatelli returns from suspension. With a 3-0 lead, Milan have room to rotate.

Vladislav Stoyanov misses out for the visitors, while Natanael Pimienta and Claudiu Keşerü return from suspension.

Prediction

AC Milan 2-1 Ludogorets

Odds -1 AC Milan

Over 2.75