iBet: It could be feisty at the San Siro when AC Milan host Barcelona
AC Milan v Barcelona, kick off 7.45pm, Sky Sports 2
Back 9pts and above in the Bookings Odds market on Betfair
Back AC Milan to get the first booking at ¾ with Ladbrokes
Barcelona haven’t been beaten by AC Milan in their last seven meetings and the Italians have yet to win at home in this season’s Champions League. However, the price to lay Milan on Betfair is over 6/1 and is for big hitters only and it should be noted that Milan have some impressive form domestically of late – unbeaten in their last six and up to third place in Serie A, with Mario Balotelli (cup tied for this) hitting the ground running. In fact they have won seven on the spin against Italian opposition at the San Siro and although Barcelona’s away record this season is brilliant, I am not tempted to jump in at 4/7 as they have not kept a clean sheet in nine. I can see this being tetchy, with the Italians using every trick in the book to infuriate the Spaniards and 50,000 fans playing their part too. As such the bookings lines could be interesting. It’s 7/2 with Ladbrokes that there will be a sending off in the game and ¾ that the home team gets the first booking. For those who like spread betting you can buy bookings at 50 with Spreadex, or you can bet on nine bookings points and above with Betfair (a yellow card counts as two points and a red card as five).
Galatasaray have won their last three Champions League games. They have never won four in a row but are best priced 5/4 for the home win against Schalke (5/2), who are unbeaten so far in this season’s Champions League but are in poor domestic form and have shipped 19 goals in their last eight games.
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