Juventus vs AC Milan: Key facts and predicted lineups ahead of Friday night showdown
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Juventus vs AC Milan: Key facts and predicted lineups ahead of Friday night showdown

Italian football is set to resume on Friday night with a Coppa Italia second-leg semi-final clash between Juventus and AC Milan. 

The season, just like many others across Europe, was suspended in March following the spread of the coronavirus, which has taken the lives of more than 400,000 people across the globe. 

The match, which will be staged at the Allianz Stadium, was initially set to be played on March 4 but was suspended following the spread of the virus.

Both teams will have almost fully-fit squads to pick from thanks to the unwanted break and with the hosts still chasing a treble, expect a grueling battle. 

Key facts

  • Juventus have won each of their last 7 home games against AC Milan in all competition
  • The Rossoneri have never beaten the Bianconeri at the Allianz Stadium
  • Juventus are also unbeaten at home against AC Milan in the Coppa Italia since 1985 
  • Juventus have not been beaten in 10 of their last 11 Coppa Italia matches
  • AC Milan, on the other hand, have lost two of their last eight 
  • If Juventus reach the final, they will extend their lead over the rest of Italy for most appearances in the showcase event, taking them to 19 finals appearances – two clear of next best AS Roma
  • Juventus have been drawing at half-time and winning at full-time in 5 of their last 6 home games in all competitions against AC Milan

Juventus

Merih Demiral is the only player who might miss the match as he recovers from an injury, even though there are reports Gonzalo Higuain is also doubtful. 

The rest of the team is fit, with Gigi Buffon expected to start in goal as it was in the previous cup matches.  

Juventus possible starting XI:

Buffon; Cuadrado, De Ligt, Bonucci, Sandro; Bentancur, Matuidi, Ramsey; Costa, Ronaldo, Dybala

AC Milan 

Millan are underdogs going into the match and rightly so. They have lost nine of their last 10 matches against Juventus and would need to be at their absolute best if they were to make it to the finals.

Milan possible starting XI:

Donnarumma; Conti, Romagnoli, Kjaer, Calabria; Kessie, Bennacer; Paqueta, Bonaventura, Calhanoglu; Rebic