AC Milan's amazing unbeaten streak of 27 matches in Serie A will face a stern examination tonight against champions Juventus.
Here's all you need to know ahead of the biggest game in Italy so far this season.
📄 Match preview
Unbeaten table-toppers AC Milan finds themselves 10 points ahead of Juve ahead of kickoff but they'll be wary of the Old Lady, who can cut the gap to seven points with a game in hand. With city rivals Inter breathing down their necks, the Rossoneri will be desperate to keep their unbeaten run going in a season where they look like genuine title contenders.
Juve's grip on the Scudetto has loosened in 2020-21 with the two Milan clubs showing the type of form that could wrestle the crown away from them. Milan's supreme form post-lockdown wasn't derailed by successive 2-2 draws against Parma and Genoa, while Juve has drawn six of their 14 top-flight assignments this term, an uncharacteristic inconsistency that partially explains why they're 5th in the table.
In terms of team news, Milan will be without talismanic striker Zlatan Ibrahimović while young central midfield duo Sandro Tonali (suspension) and Ismaël Bennacer (injury) also miss out. In-form Spanish striker Álvaro Morata is unavailable for the visitors so Paulo Dybala will partner Cristiano Ronaldo up top.
If last season's corresponding fixture (a 4-2 Milan win) is anything to go by, this is a match you simply cannot miss.
🔮 Predicted XIs
🔴 Milan (4-2-3-1):
Donnarumma; Calabria, Kjær, Romagnoli, Hernández; Krunić, Kessié; Castillejo, Çalhanoğlu, Rebic; Leão
⚫️ Juventus (4-4-2):
Szczęsny; Danilo, De Ligt, Bonucci, Frabotta; McKennie, Bentancur, Ramsey, Chiesa; Ronaldo, Dybala
🔑 Key betting stats
- Four of Milan's last five Serie A home games saw them concede twice or more, but they have scored 2+ goals in 12 of their last 13 top-flight encounters at the San Siro.
- Five of Milan's last six home games in Serie A have featured over 2.5 goals.
- Three second-half goals helped Juve to a 4-1 win over Udinese last time out, and now their previous three Serie A matches have yielded a 3+ goal margin (W2, L1).
- The visitors remain one of only three sides still unbeaten on the road this SA season (W3, D4), netting 3+ goals in every win.
- Four of Franck Kessie‘s five SA goals this season have been openers, with three arriving from the spot - including Milan’s first against Benevento.
- Juve superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has netted a brace in six league matches in 2020/21; a joint-record alongside Robert Lewandowski across Europe’s top five divisions.
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🔮 PREDICTION: Milan 2-2 Juventus
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