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Shamrock Rovers vs. Milan Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

15 September 2020

Thursday 17 September

Tallaght Stadium – Europa League

Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a recent friendly against Monza Credit: RemotePhotoPress/Shutterstock

Shamrock Rovers face European giants Milan on Thursday, for the second round of Europa League qualifying fixtures. The hosts are enormous underdogs, but in a one-off fixture can treat this all-or-nothing game as a proverbial cup final.

Past Meetings

The two sides have not met in competitive football, with Rovers’ last game against an Italian side coming against Juventus in 2010.

Team News

Stephen Bradley will be without the promising Liam Scales after the centre-back was sent off against Ilves. Otherwise, the Rovers manager will look to field a largely similar team, with Danny Lafferty operating on the flank and Pico Lopes continuing in central midfield.

Stefano Pioli may look to use Thursday’s fixture to experiment with his team, with Daniel Maldini scoring his first goal for the senior side in a recent friendly. Sandro Tonali signed in at Milan last week and could feature but as he continues to build his fitness, Ismael Bennacer may get the nod to remain as the central midfield lynch-pin.

Shamrock Rovers vs. Milan Predictions, Preview and Predictions

Milan will expect to have a routine win on Thursday, as they travel to face Shamrock Rovers. Stephan Bradley’s side required a remarkable 26-shot penalty shoot-out to progress past Finnish club Ilves in the last round, having fallen behind twice. Despite being in strong form, and leading the league, it would take nigh-on a miracle for Rovers to get anything out of Milan’s visit.

The Italian side may no longer be the giants they once were, but are able to boast the talents of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Hakan Calhanoglu and Theo Hernandez. Pioli may not field his stars come Thursday, but even so will be confident of a comfortable win, given the strength of his bench.

One concern for Milan will be the start of the Serie A season the following weekend, with a trip to Dublin hardly ideal preparation for a new campaign. The club are still very active in the transfer market, and may not have their heads fully on the fixture. Even so, the disparity of the clubs, especially with Rovers having to play behind closed doors, is likely to be very clear come Thursday night.

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Away side to win both halves

Milan will hope to start fast and get the game closed out before half-time. An early goal for the hosts would liven things up but Milan should have little trouble here.

Over 3.5 goals

We could be in for a rout on Thursday – Rovers will be up for it but that will only take them so far before Milan’s class comes to the fore.