This Thursday, February 18, 2021, the Red Star of Belgrade welcomes AC Milan for a match counting for the round of 16 first leg of the 2020-2021 edition of the Europa League. The match will take place at the Rajko Mitić Stadium in Belgrade (Serbia) and kick off will be at 9:00 p.m. To reach this stage of the competition, Red Star Belgrade finished in 2nd place in group L and AC Milan finished in the chair of group H leader.
Red Star is strong in defense!
On the home stage, Red Star is dominant with 19 wins and 2 draws. And a distance of 6 points for Partizan.
They impress extremely with their strong protection. Having conceded only 8 goals in 21 games.
They also performed well in the group stage of the Europa League.
Where they finished second after Hoffenheim with 11 points from 6 games. As 7 of them were won at home.
They won both their matches in the new year's championship.
They have no serious personnel problems. Except for some questions about a central defender and an Italian central striker.
Milan is seriously hesitant!
Milan are in a very low level at the moment after the unexpected loss to La Spezia. And relinquished leadership in Serie A.
And not to anyone, but to the blood enemy Inter.
In the group stage of the Europa League, Milan played very sparingly as a guest. And they had low-scoring meetings.
Prediction for Red Star - Milan
There are some interesting moments for this match.
First of all, at the Raiko Mitic Stadium, at least until now, the information is that 5,000 Red Star fans will be present.
The Serb fan club is furious with Stefano Pioli, according to whom Zvezda was a club from Sarajevo.
They even wrote him a special message to turn to Liverpool FC and explain to him where and what happened to them.
The captain of the Stars in an interview said that for them 0-0 is not a good result before the rematch.
And that no matter what lineup Milan arrives with, they have a plan to play - both against a team with and without Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
As a goalkeeper, he joked that he would defend against a Serb and a Croat, targeting Mario Mandzukic as well.
In fact, it really won't be a surprise if Milan show up even with their C team.
A good result for them as a minimal loss can be achieved with it.
The derby with Inter awaits on Sunday. And the Rossoneri will still be in Belgrade on Thursday night.
At the same time, the Nerazzurri have a week off to prepare for the derby.
A small victory for Red Star will be well received by both teams. And most of all from myself.
Average bet for this forecast.
Top facts and statistics for the match
- Red Star has not lost in its last 21 games: 17-4-0.
- Red Star has recorded 5 clean sheets in its last 6 matches.
- AC Milan have lost 3 of their last 5 games: 2-0-3.
- In the past, the two clubs have faced each other 4 times since 1998: no victory for Red Star Belgrade, 1 draw and 3 wins for AC Milan. The last confrontation ended with a victory for AC Milan (2-1) on August 22, 2006.
- In their respective league, the Red Star of Belgrade won on the ground of Radnicki Nis and AC Milan went to lose on the lawn of Spezia.
- This will be AC Milan's 10th game since the start of the Europa League season. As for the Red Star, the Belgrade club will play its 8th meeting.
- Red Star Belgrade remain on a streak of 5 home games unbeaten in the Europa League.
Last 5 matches: FK CRVENA ZVEZDA
|13.02.21||SL||Radnicki Nis||FK Crvena zvezda||0 1||W|
|07.02.21||SL||Novi Pazar||FK Crvena zvezda||1 3||W|
|31.01.21||CF||FK Crvena zvezda||Shakhtar Donetsk||0:0||D|
|28.01.21||CF||FK Crvena zvezda||Akademija Pandev||5:0||W|
|25.01.21||CF||Ufa||FK Crvena zvezda||0:1||W|
Last 5 matches: AC MILAN
Head-to-head matches: FK CRVENA ZVEZDA - AC MILAN
|22.08.06||CL||FK Crvena zvezda||AC Milan||1:2|
|09.08.06||CL||AC Milan||FK Crvena zvezda||1:0|
|10.11.88||CL||FK Crvena zvezda||AC Milan||1:2 (1:1)|
|26.10.88||CL||AC Milan||FK Crvena zvezda||1:1|
Our Prediction Red Star - Belgrade Milan
With their defeat against La Spezia in the league, did AC Milan have the lead in their match against Red Star Belgrade? The Rossoneri will want to revive against a Belgrade team which has only played 2 official matches since the start of 2021. For our prediction, we are betting on a victory for AC Milan.