Milan come into this fixture oozing confidence hoping to pick up where they left off in May when they beat the Bianconeri 3-0 in Turin. Last season the Rossoneri recorded a 100% record against Juventus beating with a similar margin at the San Siro early in the season.
This time though, both sides are equally prepared for the match as is evident by the signings they made in the summer. For Milan, this will be the first real test for their stars. Milan are second in the league with 17 points 2 ahead of arch rivals Inter Milan. Juventus on the other handare in 5th place and a win would greatly improve their confidence and standing in the table.
Head To Head
The first meeting between these two clubs dates back to 1901 when both were just less than 5 years old. Milan emerged victorious beating Juventus 3-2 to go onto the league final where they beat Genoa to win their first Italian title. It is believed this is when their rivalry started.
In their last 6 meetings, both sides have recorded an equal number of victories, losses and draws and so tomorrow’s game could go either way. Milan’s last 3 games have seen them win 2 and lose 1 while Juventus in their last 3 games have recorded 2 draws and i victory.
Milan will be without Thiago Silva, Ignazio Abate, Ambrossini and Zambrotta. Ronaldinho who did not play in their 2-1 win over Naopli is doubtful to start.
Milan Coach Massimiliano Allegri could opt to start with the same squad that started against Napoli leaving Seedorf and Gattuso on the bench. Robinho who scored one of the goals in Milan’s win could start alongside Ibrahimovic and Pato.
Juventus also have worries of their own as they will be without Grygera, Lanzafame, Amauri and Traore. Record signing Milos Krasic is also out of the fixture after receiving a 2 game ban for diving.
Luigi Del Neri will have to fashion a side that will be able to withstand the onslaught expected from the Rossoneri.
Milan 2 Juventus 1. Milan have the home advantage and the talent to get an even bigger score margin however, the Bianconeri will definitely put up a strong challenge.
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