AC Milan v Barcelona Champions League Betting has some good coverage being provided by Ladbrokes. This is the tie of the quarter finals, and brings back together two sides who faced each other in the group stage. Barcelona record goalscorer Lionel Messi will be under the spotlight once again, and if the little genius scores two or more goals in the match, then online bookmaker Ladbrokes will refund any losing first goalscorer bets placed on the match. That provides some great coverage on the AC Milan v Barcelona First Goalscorer market, where Messi himself is at 3/1 favourite, with Alexis Sanchez back at 6/1, and Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic at 7/1. So great value there in the market, which are covered by the Ladbrokes promotion. So will Messi produce the goods yet again? Popular online bookmaker Ladbrokes offer a free £50 bet for new customers registering an account with them. The bookie will match the value of your first stake on a new account with a free bet, up to the maximum value of £50.
Well, this is the third time these two will have met in this season’s Champions League. They came together in the Group Stage, and it was Barcelona who came out on top then. Barcelona took a narrow and thoroughly entertaining 3-2 win in Milan, before being held to a draw back at the Nou Camp. AC Milan, who are top of Serie A by four points, actually battled very well against the Catalans, with Pato giving Milan an early lead in Barcelona only for the home side to take the lead before Thiago Silva rescued a point for the Italians. The two sides traded goals at 2-2 as well back at the Nou Camp, with Barcelona twice taking the lead only to twice get pegged back, before Xavi netted a winner. So AC Milan look a very efficient side and they have one of the great European records at home to bank on. AC Milan have never lost a quarter final home tie. That is over a fourteen match period, in which they have won ten and drawn four, so there is a fantastic record there to look to for your AC Milan v Barcelona betting. AC Milan have won eleven of fourteen quarter finals they have contested in Europe, and the last time they were at this stage of the competition, they went on to win it, back in 2006/07. As strong as AC Milan’s quarter record stands, they have failed to beat a La Liga side at home in their last four attempts now, but overall their record against Spanish opposition reads W11 D4 L6. AC Milan blitzed Arsenal 4-0 in the home leg of the round of sixteen, before surviving a Gunners blitz back at the Emirates, losing 3-0.
But even as good as AC Milan have looked at their best, having to live with Barcelona over two matches is a bit daunting. The Catalans have won their last six away matches straight in the Champions League now, and on the road in this year’s competition alone they have bagged fifteen goals in their four games. An inspirational performance from Lionel Messi helped see off Bayer Leverkusen in the last round, and now they head back to the San Siro, where they have won their last two matches. Barcelona have won all five of their last quarter final match ups in the Champions League and are favourites to get through this tie. They were pushed hard by AC Milan it has to be said in the group stages, so this may not be easy passage through to the semi finals for Pep Guardiola’s men. Barcelona have won their last seven matches in a row in La Liga, closing the gap on leaders Real Madrid. They are just building up a strong head of steam at the right time, and while Madrid may seem the stronger option right now, you can’t argue with Barcelona’s quality in this competition, winning it twice in the last three seasons. There have been thirteen European meetings between these two giants, with Barcelona just edging things 5 wins to 4 against the Italians.