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AC Milan vs Juventus: All you need to know about this Serie A match

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Match Facts:

Venue: STADIO SAN SIRO

Date: 28th October

Time: 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT)

 

Juventus have enjoyed a fairly solid few days as they restored the usual order in Serie A. Having lost at home in the league for the first time in 57 matches, the champions responded by claiming six points in emphatic fashion. They hit 10 goals in two games, crushing Udinese 6-2 away from home and SPAL 4-1 at home. Next up for the Old Lady is a clash with AC Milan, a side who themselves just scored four in a much needed win at Chievo.

 

Juve come in to this clash as the favourites, and that’s probably deserved given AC Milan’s results this season. That win over Chievo was their only victory over a side in the top 10 so far this season. That’s despite facing four of the current top six this term, with the Rossoneri losing all of those clashes. They’ve got a clear problem against the top sides in Italy, and now they’re facing last season’s champions.

Juventus aren’t the top side in Italy right now, they’ve been replaced by Napoli. Having been toppled by the Partenopei – while losing key defender Leonardo Bonucci to AC Milan – Juve have needed a tweak. They’ve gone a little more attacking, which has had an impact at both ends of the pitch. While they’re scoring for fun, the champions have no clean sheets on the road this season, conceding in four straight league matches.

However, Juventus have scored an incredible 3.10 goals per game so far this season, which is their highest goalscoring tally after 10 league games since 1951. AC Milan have failed to score in each of their last two home games – the last time they went three consecutive games at San Siro without scoring in the competition was in December 2007.

Juve have taken the lead in each of their 10 games in Serie A this term, while AC Milan have lost each of the four games in which they’ve been trailing so far this term.

Nikola Kalinic found the net in mid-week against Chievo – he’s scored in each of his last three league appearances against the Old Lady.

Head to Head:

Juventus have won their two meetings with AC Milan in 2017, while t’hey’ve won four of the last five away encounters.

Team News:

Milan are expected to use Suso, Hakan Calhanoglu and Nikola Kalinic in this evening’s clash, but Juventus won’t start any new signings. The Rossoneri are without suspended Leonardo Bonucci, who won’t be able to face his former teammates, while Jack Bonaventura, Davide Calabria and Andrea Conti are injured.

Lucas Biglia has shaken off a muscular issue and is able to lead the midfield with Franck Kessie, Fabio Borini and the returning Ignazio Abate.

Suso was on stunning form in Wednesday’s 4-1 victory away to Chievo and is expected to support Calhanoglu and Kalinic.

Juventus welcome Mario Mandzukic back after his one-match ban for insulting the referee, though Medhi Benatia, Marko Pjaca and Benedikt Howedes are injured.

Alex Sandro is likely to be rested in favour of Kwadwo Asamoah at left-back, while Daniele Rugani and Andrea Barzagli are both up for the same centre-back spot.

According to various reports, Juan Cuadrado will get the nod rather than Douglas Costa, while Blaise Matuidi is not risked from the start.

That means there will be no summer signings in the Juventus starting XI, as Federico Bernardeschi and Rodrigo Bentancur are also benched.

 

Probable Line-ups:

Milan: G Donnarumma; Zapata, Romagnoli, Rodriguez; Abate, Kessie, Biglia, Borini; Suso, Calhanoglu; Kalinic

Juventus: Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Chiellini, Asamoah; Khedira, Pjanic; Cuadrado, Dybala, Mandzukic; Higuain