Monday, December 10, 2018

Prediction: Juventus vs AC Milan

Verdict: Home win

Best Odds: 4/5

Bookmaker: 888sport

Having all but secured seventh consecutive Serie A title, Juventus are now looking to make it four domestic doubles on the trot, which would be a remarkable achievement indeed. AC Milan, on the other hand, hope to get revenge on the Bianconeri for the extra time defeat in the 2015/2016 Coppa Italia final and win their first major title since 2011.

Juventus

Even though very good Napoli side gave them a real run for their money, Juventus ultimately managed to emerge victorious and secured yet another league trophy, recovering well from the shock defeat to the Azzurri to record back to back wins over Inter Milan and Bologna. Heading into the final two games six points clear of Napoli with a superior goal difference (+16), it is safe to assume that the Bianconeri will lift the title whatever happens in the final two fixtures, meaning they can fully focus on the Coppa Italia final clash with AC Milan.

The fact of the matter is that Max Allegri’s side have been far from impressive in recent weeks, but it is also true that they rarely fail to deliver in key matches, which is the main reason why their domestic domination has lasted for so long. Juventus will also have some psychological advantage going into the big game having won last four meetings with AC Milan, scoring two or more goals in each of those matches.

Team News

The likes of Benedikt Howedes, Mattia De Sciglio and Stefano Sturaro all miss out through injury, while Max Allegri is sweating over the fitness of Mario Mandzukic.

AC Milan

Having invested considerable funds into new players last summer, AC Milan chiefs hoped the team would be able to secure Champions League qualification, but it seems that the Rossoneri will be playing Europa League football instead. The team did manage to show tremendous improvement under Gennaro Gattuso which should serve them as a good base for the new season, but they ultimately failed to mount a serious top 4 challenge.

Nevertheless, AC Milan impressed in Coppa Italia, defeating Hellas Verona, Inter Milan and Lazio to reach the final, and they will now attempt to end a seven-year wait for a major trophy at Stadio Olimpico. The Rossoneri appear to have overcome a poor run of form, recording back to back wins over Bologna and Hellas Verona to climb to sixth in the Serie A standings. And even though they have an important clash with Atalanta on Sunday, chances are the players and staff will be completely engrossed in the Coppa Italia final game.

Team News

Latest reports suggest that Lucas Biglia and Suso have resumed full training, leaving Andrea Conti as the only player in the infirmary.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Juventus won last four meetings with AC Milan
  • The Bianconeri scored 2+ goals in each of those fixtures
  • Juventus defeated AC Milan in the 2015/2016 final after extra time
  • Both sides won their last two league games
  • AC Milan haven’t won a major trophy since 2011

Conclusion

Juventus have rediscovered their form after a couple of slip ups and having won last four matches vs AC Milan, we expect the trend to continue. Unlike Juventus, the Rossoneri haven’t played too many big games of late and that could prove the difference at Stadio Olimpico.

Verdict: Home win

Best Odds: 4/5

Bookmaker: 888sport

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