Celtic and Milan meet at Celtic Park, in a match for this stage of the UEFA Europa League (Group Stage). There is no record of direct confrontations between these two teams in the last 3 years. The last match was played on 26-11-2013 and ended with the score: Celtic (0-3) Milan.
The home team comes to this group stage after having eliminated Sarajevo, with an away win by (0‑1). The team comes to this match after a home loss against Rangers by (0‑2). In the last 10 home matches for all competitions, Celtic has won 8 and lost 2. Their attack has scored regularly, scoring goals in 9 of the last 10 matches. In their home matches there is a tendency for goals, as 23 of the last 23 matches have ended with Over 1.5 goals and 18 out of 23 have ended with Over 2.5 goals. In 14 games, they conceded the first goal 4 times, but got the comeback in 2.
Celtic comes to this game unmotivated, after the 2-0 loss to eternal rivals Rangers, in a 19/20 Scottish championship match. It should be noted that the Scots reach this group stage of the Europa League after beating Sarajevo in the play-offs. The home team generally operates on a 3-5-2 tactical system, favoring a more cautious style of play, attacking through the flanks. At an individual level we highlight the forward Albian Ajeti, a very powerful and competent player in the finish. Coach Neil Lennon cannot count on James Forrest and Mikey Johnston, both injured, and he still has Nir Bitton, Ryan Christie and Hatem Abd Elhamed in doubt.
The visiting team won access to this group stage after eliminating Rio Ave in the previous tie, with an away win (8‑9) in the shoot-off on penalties. The team comes to this match after a away win against Internazionale by (1‑2). In the last 10 away matches played for all competitions, Milan won 8 and drew 2. Their attack has scored regularly, as they have always scored at least one goal in the last 10 matches. This is a team that tends to score many times first: it opened the scoring in 9 of its last 10 games, of these 9 it reached the break with a lead in 7 and managed to maintain the lead until the end of the 90 ‘in 8.
AC Milan comes to this game very motivated, after the great victory by 1×2 against its rival Inter Milan, thus registering its second consecutive victory in official matches: the team’s two goals were scored by Zlatan Ibrahimovic. In the Europa League play-offs, the visitors beat Rio Ave on penalties. In general, the coach Stefane Pioli acts in 4-3-3, privileging the maintenance of possession and attacks from the flanks. In this tactical drawing, and because it is the Europa League, the three most advanced men will be Jens Petter Hauge, Lorenzo Colombo and Samu Castillejo, the latter very strong in the counterattack. The Italian coach cannot use Rebic and Mateo Musacchio, injured, and still has Leo Duarte and Matteo Gabbia in doubt.