Football Bet of the Day: Leao to continue goalscoring form at San Siro

 | March 06 | 

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Our Football Bet of the Day for Thursday March 7 comes from the Europa League round of 16 first leg clash between AC Milan and Slavia Prague (KO 20:00, TNT Sports). The Rossoneri could not survive the Champions League 'group of death' which featured Newcastle United, Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain.

After overcoming Rennes in the play-off round, the Italian giants will be hoping they can end the year with some form of European glory. Someone who will be key for them achieving this is winger Rafael Leao, who is one of the most exciting players in Europe. As such, the Portugal international is the focus of the bet of the day.

Football Bet of the Day: Thursday 7 March

  • Rafael Leao to score anytime in AC Milan vs Slavia Prague @ 13/8

When it comes to Serie A, Leao will be somewhat dispirited with his statistics this year, which has been reflective of AC Milan's disappointing title challenge. The wide man has recorded just four goals and eight assists in 24 appearances. To compare, he had 15 goals and 10 assists in 35 last season, so he has a lot of work to do if he is to eclipse last year's total.

Leao has been in decent scoring form recently with three goals in his last five appearances in all competitions. Two of those came against Rennes in the Europa League play-off round. He scored in both legs, and it emphasised just how important he is to the team if they wish to go all the way in Europe's second-tier competition this term.

When it comes to footballers these days, they are mostly split into two camps: One for the football purists and one for the statisticians. Leao falls into both if you ask us. He is an excellent ball carrier and dribbler, but he is also there to deliver the big moments with goals and assists.

At 24 years of age, he still has a way to go to unlock the best version of himself and it may come at Milan or it may be elsewhere. One thing we do know is that he is exciting to watch now, imagine what he will be like when he enters his 'prime' years?

Leao will be raring to go against Slavia Prague on home soil in this first leg on Thursday night as he looks to continue one of his best runs of form for the campaign. We already see in his play just how much of an intelligent footballer he is. He can time runs perfectly to receive a diagonal ball or a simple pass to run onto, and his ability to exploit space is what makes him such a highly-rated talent.

Slavia Prague will not be used to dealing with players of his ilk in their domestic league, and trying to keep him quiet at San Siro is going to be one hell of a challenge. They will try their best but with the way that he is playing right now, we can't see them stopping him from getting on the scoresheet. He will play an instrumental role in this tie and he will take centre stage in the home leg.

Rafael Leao to score anytime at 13/8

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