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UEFA Champions League: AC Milan Vs. Tottenham

AC Milan will be facing Tottenham Hotspur on 15th February 2011, next Tuesday in the first round of UEFA Champions League. The match will be held in Stadio Giuseppe Meazza stadium, Milan (Italy). After waiting 38 years to get back to San Siro, Tottenham Hotspur return there for the second time in just four months to take on AC Milan in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League round of 16.
Seven-time winners Milan may have a greater lineage in Europe's elite competition than a Tottenham side competing for only the second time, but the London club had the more remarkable group stage statistics.
Milanwill be with high hopes with their home crowd in their den. In their last four encounters they have recorded some excellent victories. The Brazilian Striker, Alexandre Pato will be a significant player to watch out for. At present he is the top scorer for the team with nine goals. The other players to anticipate are Robinho, Inzaghi, Boateng, Pirlo and Flamini.
On the other hand, Tottenham Hotspur is trouble as most of their players are injured. Luka Modric had surgery for acute appendicitis. Even Gareth Bale’s latest injury has created an impediment in the team. Huddlestone can return to the team in this match.
The manager Harry Redknapp is confident that despite of these injuries the team will perform at their best to undertake Milan. Tottenham are the competition's joint-leading scorers after hitting eighteen goals in Group A, including eight on their travels.
Milan, by contrast, qualified with fewer points than any other team (eight) and was the joint lowest scorers (seven). At home they recorded one win, one draw and one defeat.
Tottenham prevailed in the clubs' one previous two-legged encounter in the 1971/72 UEFA Cup semi-final. They won the first leg in north London 2-1 as Steve Perryman's double overturned Romeo Benetti's opener before a 1-1 draw in Milan, Alan Mullery's goal taking Spurs through despite Gianni Rivera's penalty equalizer. Keeping goal for Milan was Fabio Cudicini, father of Tottenham's reserve custodian Carlo.
Since overcoming Liverpool FC in the 2007 UEFA Champions League final, Milan has failed to win in five meetings with English teams. After a 2-0 cumulative loss to Arsenal in 2007/08, they drew at Portsmouth FC in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup group stage before a 7-2 collective defeat by United 12 months ago.
In this match betting odds highly favors the home team because of the latest injuries in the other camp.