Juventus will entertain old-rivals AC Milan at Allianz Stadium in an all-important Serie A clash to stay in the race to qualify for the UEFA Champions League for next season.
The Bianconeri are currently sitting in 4th position with 69 points in 34 games. And on the other hand, Rossoneri are in 5th in goal difference with the same number of points after playing 34 games.
Whoever can win the game, will be almost certain to play in the Champions League next season and other will be in big trouble.
Juventus vs AC Milan Preview:
Juventus have managed to rescue the all-important three points against Udinese after a brilliant Cristiano Ronaldo show which will give a boost coming into the against Milan. The forward scored two late goals to save the job of Andrea Pirlo for at least until the end of this season.
The Old Lady will be looking to earn all three points at home against Stefano Pioli’s side. After this they will have to play against giant-killer Sassuolo and then the champion Inter Milan. So, it won’t be an easy task for Bianconeri to finish in the top four.
Juventus haven’t had a great time under the new manager Andrea Pirlo. The record Serie A champions were out of the UEFA Champions League at the round of 16 stage against FC Porto. And now they are struggling to finish in the top four spot.
On the other hand, Milan started their season all guns blazing in the early parts of the season. They were one of the contender to become the Serie A champions. However, currently, they are at fifth and on the verge of missing out the Champions League spot for yet another season.
The Rossoneri got a comfortable win last weekend against a struggling Benevento side thanks to goals from Hakan Calhanoglu and Theo Hernández.
Stefano Pioli’s side will be looking to take revenge. After losing 3-1 to Juventus in the reverse leg at the San Siro. Both sides are having a similar type of season as Milan were also knocked out by Manchester United in the UEFA Europa League.
Juventus recent form: W-L-W-D-W
AC Milan recent form: W-W-L-L-W
Juventus vs AC Milan team news:
Juventus and Milan both are in a pretty similar situation as both will get a full fit squad to choose from in this crucial match at this later stage of the season. There isn’t any significant injury news for both parties.
Reports in Italy suggested that Andrea Pirlo has used 34 different line-ups in his debut season. With personnel and formations being switched around on a weekly basis. However, Pioli has stuck to his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation throughout the season.
After recovering from injury Zlatan Ibrahimovic is back at the most critical stages of the game. And his presence on the field will lift the other young Rossoneri boys.
Predicted Line-ups and Score:
Juventus possible starting lineup(4-4-2): Szczesny; Danilo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Sandro; Cuadrado, Bentancur, Rabiot, Chiesa; Morata, Ronaldo.
AC Milan possible starting lineup(4-2-3-1): Donnarumma; Calabria, Kjaer, Romagnoli, Hernandez; Kessie, Bennacer; Saelemaekers, Calhanoglu, Rebic; Ibrahimovic.
Juventus 2-1 AC Milan
It will be a hard game for Milan away to Juventus as the experience of the Bianconeri across all around the pitch will be enough for Pirlo’s side to win in this game.