Legendary English Premier League club Liverpool FC will battle it out with AC Milan of the Italian Serie A this Saturday, July 30th when they clash in an International Champions Cup contest at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The 17-team International Cup event is currently taking place venues in the USA, China, Europe and Australia and features some of the top soccer clubs from England, Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Scotland and Australia. All games that end in a draw will be decided by a penalty shootout.
AC Milan vs Liverpool – bet365 Soccer Betting Line:
- bet365 currently lists Liverpool as the favorites to win the 90-minute game at 13/10 with AC Milan 2/1 and a draw at 11/5
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AC Milan vs Liverpool – Head to Head:
- The two teams have met just twice in the past with both games being European Champions League Finals. Liverpool famously fought back from a 3-0 first-half deficit in the 20004/05 Final and won in a penalty shootout. The teams met again in the 2006/07 Final with AC Milan winning 2-1.
AC Milan – A Closer Look:
AC Milan took on German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in their first ICC tournament outing on Wednesday and won in a penalty shootout after playing to an entertaining 3-3 draw. M’baye Niang, Andrea Bertolacci and Juraj Kucka scored for Milan with Franck Ribery tying the game on a 90th-minute penalty for Bayern. Associazione Calcio Milan (AC Milan) has been around since 1899 and has competed in the top flight of Italian soccer for all but two seasons.
The club has won a combined 18 international titles making it one of the most successful in the world. AC Milan has captured three Intercontinental Cups along with a FIFA Club World Cup and seven European Cup/Champions League titles. They’ve also won five UEFA Super Cups and a pair of UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups. In fact, the team has won a championship in every single major competition it’s competed in other than the Europa League.
Domestically, AC Milan has won 18 Italian league championships along with five Coppa Italia’s and six Supercoppa Italiana titles. AC Milan finished in seventh place in last year’s Serie A with 57 points from 15 wins, 12 draws and 11 losses with 49 goals scored and 43 allowed. They were 32 points behind champions Juventus. AC Milan beat French Ligue 1 team FC Girondins de Bordeaux 2-1 on July 17th in their first preseason contest. It was the first game in charge for new manager Vincenzo Montella who is the team’s seventh manager since 2014.
Liverpool – A Closer Look:
Liverpool dropped their first ICC tournament match 1-0 on Wednesday against fellow English Premier League club Chelsea at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. Gary Cahill scored the winner in the 10th minute and Liverpool played the last 20 minutes with a man advantage when Cesc Fabregas was sent off with a red card. Reds’ 20-year-old midfielder Marko Grujic went to the hospital after suffering a head injury in the game.
Liverpool FC is another of England’s most successful clubs with a fine history. The team, which was founded in 1892, has been named champions of Europe on five occasions and has also won three UEFA Super Cups, three UEFA Cups, 18 English League championships, seven FA Cups and eight League Cups. Liverpool finished eighth in the Premier League last season with 60 points from 16 victories, 12 draws and 10 defeats with 63 goals scored and 50 allowed. Manager Jurgen Klopp of Germany signed a contract extension in the offseason and he made numerous player moves.
The club acquired Joel Matip of Schalke, Loris Karius of FSV Mainz 05, Sadio Mane from Southampton, Ragnar Klavan from Augsburg, and Alex Manninger from Augsburg. Players that left Liverpool include Kolo Toure, Jordan Rossiter, Jose Enrique, Martin Skrtel, Jordon Ibe and Adam Bogdan. Liverpool has won four of their five preseason games with their most recent victory being 2-0 over second-tier English Championship side Huddersfield Town AFC. They’ve also beaten lower division English clubs Tranmere Rovers, Fleetwood Town and Wigan Athletic.
AC Milan vs Liverpool – Takeaway:
Both clubs suffered disappointing 2015/16 campaigns and are taking this tournament seriously to prepare for their upcoming domestic seasons.
by Ian S. Palmer
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By Ian Palmer