Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Prediction: AC Milan vs Juventus

Tom Dunstan in Free Soccer Predictions, Serie A 5 Jan 2021

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Verdict: AC Milan draw no bet 

Best Odds: 1/1

Bookmaker: Unibet

In what is a heavyweight showdown on Wednesday night, a high-flying AC Milan will welcome defending champions Juventus to the San Siro.

AC Milan

Starting with the hosts, putting in another professional display when returning from Italy’s festive break over the weekend, there is no doubt that AC Milan have continued to shock many across Europe. Marking their return away at Serie A returners Benevento, the resurging giants landed a deserved 2-0 victory and they have still managed to hold onto their spot at the top of the table. With many across Italy now firmly believing that I Rossoneri are a genuine title contender this season, Stefano Pioli’s men have continued on what has been a remarkable unbeaten run. Still holding onto a one-point buffer over bitter rivals Inter, Wednesday’s hosts are yet to taste defeat in any of their 15 Serie A contests so far. Enjoying what has been their most fruitful spell in recent memory and also booking their spot in the knockout stage of this year’s Europa League, the former Fiorentina boss has also seen his side enjoy quite the free-scoring run. Bagging themselves at least a pair of strikes in each of their last five appearances on the bounce, AC should be looking to lay down another marker in midweek.

Team News

AC Milan could be without the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimović, Ismael Bennacer, Matteo Gabbia and Alexis Saelemaekers for Wednesday’s showdown.

After being shown two yellows cards over the weekend, midfielder Sandro Tonali will serve a suspension in midweek.

Juventus

As for the visitors, managing to make what was a much-needed return to winning ways at home against Udinese over the weekend, it is no secret that many around Turin are billing their trip to the San Siro as a must-win encounter. While the Old Lady did end up breezing their way to a 4-1 romp at the Allianz, new boss Andrea Pirlo saw his side come under real scrutiny when heading into the festive break. Completely blown away in what was a stunning 3-0 drumming at the hands of Fiorentina on December 22nd, the former World Cup-winner is desperate for his side to find some stability in the New Year. Making their trip to Milan in midweek already sat way down in fifth and 10 points adrift of the league leaders, Juventus fans should at least be boosted by their side’s recent success on the road. Including a 4-0 victory in their last Serie A fixtures outside of Turin, Pirlo’s men have won each of their last three away matchups across all formats, a run also highlighted by a stunning 3-0 win against Barcelona last month.

Team News

Juventus have confirmed that they will be without both Alvaro Morata and Alex Sandro when they make the trip to the San Siro on Wednesday night.

However, in a boost for Pirlo, both Juan Cuadrado and Adrien Rabiot are available after returning from suspension.

Key Factors to Consider

  • When the two sides last faced off back in July, AC Milan picked up a 4-2 victory at the San Siro.
  • Wednesday’s hosts are unbeaten in all 15 of their Serie A contests so far this season, recording 11 wins and four draws.
  • Seven of Juventus’ last eight matchups across all formats has finished with over 2.5 goals.
  • The Old Lady have won each of their last three away fixtures, scoring over 2.5 goals in each of those victories.
  • Likewise, AC Milan have bagged themselves at least a pair of goals in each of their last five matchups on the bounce.

    Conclusion

    While Juventus might have managed to make a much-needed return to winning ways over the weekend, the defending champions should face a stern test in midweek. With their shock 3-0 drumming at the hands of Fiorentina last month highlighting their issues so far this season, AC Milan should be smelling a real chance to lay down another marker. Only continuing to surprise many across Europe so far this season, Wednesday’s hosts are tipped as a real title contender this year. Remarkably unbeaten in each of their 15 Serie A contests, I Rossoneri will also be boosted by their most recent meeting against Juventus. Landing a 4-2 romp when they welcomed the defending champions to the San Siro back in July, don’t be surprised to see AC extend on their recent purple patch in midweek.

    Verdict: AC Milan draw no bet

    Best Odds: 1/1

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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