Unbeaten in the Europa League, Milan are looking to secure their qualification for the second round of the tournament on Thursday, November 23, with a day of anticipation. In the Giuseppe Meazza stadium, in Milan, receives Austria Vienna. The clash, which is part of the schedule of the fifth round, has kick-off scheduled for 18:05 (Brasília time).
The Milanese lead the group D with eight points. AEK, of Greece, is in second place with six. The Austrians, with four, occupy the third place followed by Rijeka, with three. All teams still have chances of qualifying.
Milan’s recent performance
The Milanese suffered another defeat on Saturday, November 18, by the Italian Championship. In the Napoli Napoli classic, he was 2-1 away. Parked in all 19 points (six wins, one draw and six losses) he remained in the seventh place, the first out of the European Tournament qualifying zone next season.
Their situation in this fight, however, worsened as Sampdoria, sixth-placed, defeated Juventus at home by 3 to 2, and increased their advantage in comparison with Milan to seven points.
This situation is undermining increasingly the situation of coach Vicenzo Montella, who is considered by many fans and analysts unable to make the rubro-negro present combat results with the investment made in signings for the season.
To receive the Austrian team, he has practically all the cast available. The exceptions are for defenders Davide Calabria (five matches in the 2017/2018 season of the Italian League without a goal) and Andre Conti (two games without a goal). They are hurt.
The current form of Austria Vienna
Austria also makes a bad campaign in their national league. In the last five matches, he suffered four defeats. The most recent on Saturday, at home, against Admira. It took 3 to 2. With 19 points (five wins, four draws and six losses), it occupies the sixth place.
Salzburg, the leader after 15 rounds, has 15 points more, which virtually makes the possibility of a reaction that leads the team to the title. Thus, the most viable goal for Austria is to seek a place in the next edition of the Europa League. In that case, the closest rival is Admira, who took fourth place with 22 points.
The German coach Thorsten Fink has four doubts to define the team that will face Milan. Defensive players Florian Klein (six matches in the Austrian Championship 2017/2018, one goal) and Christoph Martschinko (eight matches, no goal) are in the medical department undergoing injury recovery proceedings; and socks Vesel Demaku (without performances) and Alexander Grunwald (three games, no goal).
History of the matches Milan vs Austria Vienna
The match in Vienna for the first round of the 2017/2018 Europa League group stage was the first of the teams. The Milanese thrashed by 5 to 1.
Although the results of the Milanese are far below what could be expected, the great technical superiority in comparison with the Austrians makes the Italians are the best option of guess for the confrontation of this Thursday. They appear with a price of 1.30 in Bet365. Draw has a prize of 5.25 and successful visitor multiplies by 9.50 the investment.