19th Feb 2013 | Football
AC Milan v Barcelona: Odds and Analysis
One of the glamour ties of the last 16 features teams who have won the European Cup 11 times between them.
Group Stages: W2 D2 L2 Pts 8
Current Serie A position: 3rd
League form: WDWWWD
Verdict: Extraordinary to see 7-time European champions Milan rated as 100/1 shots to lift the trophy this May, but they are a side in transition and face daunting favourites. The Italians scraped through the group stages without winning at home (D2 L1) and they haven’t won any of their last 7 against the mighty Catalans. Improved Serie A form offers some hope where they are unbeaten in 7 and up to 3rd.
Group Stages: W4 D1 L1 Pts 13
Current La Liga position: 1st
League form: WWDWLW
Verdict: The great Lionel Messi already has 48 goals this season and will grab all the attention as always. But they are no one-man team. Xavi, for example, completed 663 passes during the group stages; the next best by anyone on the continent was 347. The team’s average possession so far is 75.8%. Staggering statistics and just small indicators of why they are running away with La Liga and expected to add this trophy to their collection.
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Odds correct at time of publishing: 19:28 19th Feb, 2013 but subject to change