AC Milan vs FC PortoUEFA Champions League, KO: 17:45 Nov 3, 2021, San Siro
AC MILAN will aim to breathe some life into their flagging Champions League campaign when they face FC Porto at the San Siro on Wednesday evening.
The Rossoneri, the second-most successful team in the history of the competition, have endured a torrid return to Europe's top table, crashing to defeat in each of their opening three Group B assignments.
That means Stefano Pioli's side have much work to do if they want to progress in Europe beyond Christmas and as such, they have little room for error when they reconvene with Porto this midweek.
However, Milan will head into this make-or-break match-up in sky-high spirits following Sunday's 2-1 win at Roma, a triumph that means Pioli's team remain unbeaten in Serie A this term.
Porto, meanwhile, sit third in the pool and have given themselves a decent chance of making the last-16 after edging out AC Milan 1-0 in the reverse fixture a fortnight ago.
Sergio Conceicao's side have since won their subsequent two Portuguese Primeira Liga matches, leapfrogging fellow big-hitters Benfica to move to the summit of the standings in the process.
AC Milan have yet to get off the mark in Group B but the Italian giants head into this clash as even-money favourites with SBK.
FC Porto picked up a point at Atletico Madrid on matchday one but the same outcome at the San Siro is an unfancied 28/11 (SBK) while the Dragons are 56/19 (SBK) outsiders to do the double over their Milanese hosts.
AC Milan are now in must-win territory from here on out but the hosts look too short to side with at evens given that they have lost all three of their group games to date.
However, we can back the Rossoneri to hit over 4.5 corners at 5/4 (PaddyPower) and that holds plenty of appeal given Milan's precarious position in the pool.
Stefano Pioli's side will have to go all-out for three points on Wednesday night to maintain any realistic hope of securing at least a top-three finish.
Granted, AC Milan have been standard-frequency corner takers across all competitions this term, but the dynamics of the section now come into play.
The San Siro side, who have won each of their last three Serie A matches, will look to play on the front foot and put Porto under considerable defensive pressure.
With that in mind, the 5/4 (PaddyPower) about over 4.5 AC Milan corners looks like an appetising play on a must-win night for the Milanese powerhouse.
I'll also dip into the match card market and take the 9/10 on offer with UniBet for over 4.5 cards to be shown at the San Siro on Tuesday evening.
I successfully tipped over 4.5 cards to be issued in the reverse fixture and the same wager makes plenty of appeal in the return match in northern Italy given that both teams need points to stay in contention in Group B.
This UEFA Champions League match between AC Milan and FC Porto will be played on Nov 3, 2021 and kick off at 17:45. Check below for our tipsters best AC Milan vs FC Porto prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.