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Milan vs Celtic: The Italians to return to winning ways in Group H

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The Rossoneri slipped up in their last couple of European outings but should be able to move one step closer to the knockout stages.

Europa League returns to the fold and with itself brings an intriguing set of encounters to look forward to.

One of the most high-profile games of the week awaits on Thursday with AC Milan set to play host to Celtic at San Siro in Group H.

The Italian team could progress past the group stages of as early as this week if they seal all three points in the upcoming match and Sparta Prague seal none against Lille.

The Scottish outfit’s campaign, on the other hand, is pretty much over. They can no longer qualify for the Last 32 as they are rooted to the bottom of the group having collected only a single point after four rounds.

Milan vs Celtic Form:

The Rossoneri submitted their lead atop Group H after being unable to beat Lille in both legs (D1 L1). Regardless, they are enjoying a top-notch season so far and still remain unbeaten in Serie A.

Milan head into Thursday’s meeting on the back of a comfortable 2-0 win over Fiorentina over the weekend.

They can also find comfort in the fact that they beat their upcoming opponents 3-1 in Glasgow in the reverse tie back in October.

As for the visitors, their European campaign has been nothing less than a disaster. They remain winless in the group stage, have conceded 13 goals in those four games, and their away record in the competition read W2 D11 L11.

The Scottish Premiership side’s domestic form is not up to the mark either as they are increasingly losing touch with Rangers, who lead the title race.

Celtic failed to win either of the previous three fixtures and now sit 11 points adrift of their arch-rivals atop the table.

Milan vs Celtic Head-to-head:

In nine previous matches between them, the Italians have emerged victorious five times. Two of those have ended in a stalemate.

Milan vs Celtic Team News:

Stefano Pioli and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are still missing for the hosts, with the former observing a period of self-isolation after his COVID-19 over two weeks ago and the latter recovering from a muscle problem.

Samu Castillejo and Rafael Leao will also play no part in the match at San Siro due to injuries. Alexis Saelemaekers has recovered from his knock and Ismael Bennacer is back in training but may not see action.

The Hoops will have to make do without star player James Forrest who will remain out for several weeks after ankle surgery.

Predicted line-ups:

Milan (4-2-3-1): Donnarumma; Hernandez, Romagnoli, Kjaer, Calabria; Kessie, Tonali; Saelemaekers, Diaz, Krunic; Ante Rebic

Celtic (4-2-3-1): Bain; Laxalt, Ajer, Jullien, Elhamed; McGregor, Brown; Elyounoussi, Ntcham, Christie; Edouard

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