AC Milan will be looking to avoid a massive thumping when they travel to Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal in the second leg of the Champions League Round of 16 on Tuesday.
I Rossoneri have a four-goal advantage over the Gunners, and Arsenal couldn't even manage an away goal in the first meeting on Feb. 15 in Italy, so it will be an uphill battle for Arsene Wenger's squad, to say the least.
Wenger has been pushing his squad to believe in themselves heading into the second leg, though the task looks quite daunting. Milan has a strong defense and has not conceded four goals all season. However, don't expect AC Milan to enter the match with over-confidence.
In football, anything can happen, said Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri.
Arsenal have momentum going into the match after some excellent Premier League results. The Gunners fought back from two goals down to thump Tottenham, 5-2, on Feb. 26, and then defeated Liverpool on Saturday at Anfield, 2-1.
However, Milan has been on a roll as well, and haven't lost a Serie A match since a one-goal defeat to Inter on Jan. 15. Allegri's squad has also produced solid results in Champions League group play, when they were barely outscored by defending Champions Barcelona.
Allegri wants his team to be fired up for 90 minutes.
We know how English teams play, so it's going to be important to have the right approach to the game, with great attention and a great pace because I'm sure they'll try to raise the pace tomorrow and try to find an early goal, he said.
Milan will be without some key players. Alexandre Pato has a thigh injury, and Massimo Ambrosini is out due to suspension.
Arsenal left the Liverpool match on a stretcher, and Abou Diaby was also hurt in the match. Aaron Ramsey and Yossi Benayoun are also out with injuries.
PREDICTION: Wenger has already stated that he will take risks by playing any system, which means Arsenal will basically be attacking the entire match. The Gunners will be loose at home, and should make the match very entertaining by using multiple strikers. However, Milan will catch on to this and are likely to counter-attack with their talented forwards, which will basically doom the Gunners. The Milan defenders are too hard-nosed to not dispossess their opponents and help start an attack on the other end. Wenger may pack it in early be substituting Robin van Persie early in the second half to rest him for Premier League matches.
PREDICTED SCORE: Arsenal over Milan, 3-1. (AC Milan advances on aggregate, 5-3.)
G: SzczesnyD: Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen, GibbsM: Song, Rosicky, Walcott, Gervinho, ChamberlainF: Van Persie
G: AbbiatiD: Abate, Mexes, Silva, Antonini, Van BommelM: Nocerino, Emanuelson, ShaarawayF: Ibrahimovic, Robinho