Two of the most decorated Serie A teams, Juventus and AC Milan, clash tonight in a match that decides which one heads for the UEFA Champions League next year. Both sides have 69 points, with the note that Juve holds the advantage at the moment because of the win in the first meeting at San Siro. Another troubling thing is the fact that Atalanta has the same number of points, as these two clubs, while Napoli has one more, yet with one match more played. The whole season for Juve and Milan pretty much came down to this event. Even without such high stakes, this clash would be interesting because of the massive rivalry. Plus, we will see Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic going one against the other.
Juventus (-125) and its player didn’t expect to be in this position with two rounds to go. This was one of the most disastrous seasons in the last decade, with another early exit from the Champions League most definitely killing the morale of the Pirlo’s guys.
What is immediately noticeable in their game are allowed goals which is something we haven’t seen in the previous seasons. Juve was always known for tough and ferocious defense, yet now, there isn’t any similarity with the same.
Not once in the past 11 games have they managed to post a clean sheet. During that span, the Old Lady netted in nine of them.
AC Milan (+350) plays very inconsistently in the past few weeks, with three wins, two losses, and one draw. What is the same in the majority of those games is the efficiency, as five of six ended with 2 or 3 goals.
After a strong start, which lasted somewhat after the New Year, Rossoneri slowed down due to their mediocre backups and bench. Once the starters lost their energy and started to pick up injuries, it was obvious that Milan’s rampant stretch had to come to an end.
Following six straight matches without a loss on the road, Stefano Pioli’s guys lost in Rome last week against Lazio, 3-0.
All the players are healthy in Juventus, and there aren’t any suspensions as well.
On the other side, Milan will only miss Castillejo, who has yellow cards and is suspended.
Head to Head Games
In 292 matches between these teams, Juve posted 109 wins, 88 saw no winners, and Milan came out on top in 95. The first meeting this season concluded with Juve’s routine victory, 1-3 in Milan. Chiesa scored twice for the guests, while McKennie added his name to the scoresheet as well. Davide Calabria netted for Milan.
Juventus’s shaky defense is something that might cause trouble for Pirlo, but on the other side, their attack is way better than Milan’s backline. If they concede a goal or two, we are more than positive that Ronaldo and the rest of the attackers will cover that up and score at least one more goal than Rossoneri. Juve looks better, as a unit and when looking at the individual quality of the players on the pitch. Therefore, we are backing up the hosts to solve this match in their favor without any particular problems.
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