With the Rossoneri still finding their feet under new boss Vincenzo Montella, Al Hain-Cole is expecting them to come away empty-handed from a clash against their former boss
Having overseen victories in all three friendly matches since replacing Pep Guardiola at the Allianz Arena, the Italian manager is available at 8/13 (1.62) with Paddy Power to extend that winning streak against the team with whom he won two European Cups.
Also new to a job after being appointed as Cristian Brocchi's successor this summer, new Milan boss Vincenzo Montella can be backed at 7/2 (4.50) to enhance his reputation with a high profile victory here. All draws in this competition go straight to penalties, and you can get odds of 3/1 (4.00) on them triggering a shootout after a deadlocked 90 minutes.
As the second longest-serving manager in their club’s history, Ancelotti is bound to receive a warm reception from the Rossoneri fans, who have seen seven bosses come and go since he left the San Siro.
The sixth boss to be appointed in the two years since Massimiliano Allegri’s departure alone, Montella would be considered a huge success if he could manage even half of his opposite number’s time at the helm.
However, the former Sampdoria coach will be under no illusions over the magnitude of the job he is faced with, as he takes over a team that has finished eighth, tenth and seventh in the last three campaigns. In contrast, Ancelotti has taken over a team needing very little tinkering after three dominant years under Pep Guardiola, and whose superior match practice should provide an extra advantage over a team still finding its feet.
Nevertheless, with a number of Die Roten’s key players still missing after their Euro 2016 exertions, Milan will at least feel optimistic of finding the net – making odds of 15/8 (2.88) look good on Bayern coming out on top in a match featuring goals at both ends.