AC Milan play their first league game of the season at San Siro at 7:45pm on Saturday as they host Torino. We take a look at where the betting value may lie in this Serie A fixture.
AC Milan got off to a strong start in Serie A last week as they defeated Bologna 2-0 away from home. It was two former Chelsea stars on the scoresheet in Olivier Giroud and Christian Pulisic. Bologna registered more efforts in the game but the Rossoneri showed their clinical edge in front of goal to clinch the victory.
They get their first taste of league action at San Siro this weekend which will give them the opportunity to build on their start to the campaign in front of a buoyant home crowd. Stefano Pioli’s side only tasted defeat twice at home last term in Serie A and they will want to keep San Siro as a fortress as it will aid their hopes of reclaiming the league title.
Visitors Torino head to Milan seeking their first win of 2023-24 after contesting a goalless stalemate at home to Cagliari last time out. Ivan Juric’s side boasted the majority of possession but could only muster two shots on target.
Olivier Giroud to score anytime @ 6/4
French forward Olivier Giroud has arguably been one of the most underrated strikers of his generation. He was sporadically used at Chelsea but he has shown he still has what it takes to be the main man at AC Milan.
After opening his Serie A account for the season last week, Giroud will fancy his chances of getting on the scoresheet again, particularly in front of his home fans. The veteran scored 13 goals in the league last term, improving on his tally of 11 in 2021-22. He continues to show that age is just a number and that he is still a huge threat at this level.
Although he is predominantly used as a target man, he boasts excellent skill on the ball and can can produce moments of magic. Might we get one of them on Saturday?
AC Milan and over 1.5 goals at 21/20
With three points already under their belt after what was an impressive display away from home, AC Milan will fancy themselves against Torino on their own turf, especially with the raucous San Siro atmosphere behind them.
Expect Rafael Leao and Pulisic to dazzle on the flanks, while Giroud will do what he does best through the middle. The Rossoneri want to show their fans that their title triumph two years ago won’t spell another lengthy 11-year wait for another.
There is a lot to like about their squad, particularly in attacking areas, and that should see them get past Torino, with a few goals in the game too.