Juventus – Milan Soccer Prediction of the Day
Juventus and Milan will face each other in a match-only match of an Italian or European competition for the sixth time in their history, and the precedents have always been very balanced. Regardless of which of the two teams was considered the strongest from time to time, the fact that on all five occasions the games ended in a draw (only one of which was not decided on penalties) confirms a substantial and mutual cautious attitude and respectful hired every time by both teams. And so it could also go this time, despite the thirty-one points of advantage that Juventus has on Milan in the current Serie A standings.
Although winning the last two games against Inter and Bologna, and in fact the seventh consecutive Scudetto, the team coached by Massimiliano Allegri seemed in negative decline from an athletic point of view. And he is suffering more than expected from injury of his best center, Giorgio Chiellini. In the last four games, played without Allegri’s most used defender this season, Juventus have always suffered at least one goal. Even before the injury of Chiellini, to be honest, Juventus had started to concede goals with an unusual regularity considering the results obtained previously in 2018.
The most recent Juve – Milan, in the league
The most recent match between Juventus and Milan was the one played in Turin on March 31st, ended 3-1 for Juventus. Just in the goal of the momentary Milan draw, scored half an hour by former Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci, you can fix the moment of this season when Juventus began to be more vulnerable. In the last nine games he has not scored a single goal on one occasion, and has conceded twelve goals overall. He came to that game against Milan with zero goals conceded in Italy in 2018 (ten games), and just three goals cashed in total, all from Tottenham in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
In addition to the absence of Chiellini, who has missed the last four games, Juventus’ performance is suffering from the drop in performance of Medhi Benatia, lately sloppy and inaccurate to the point that he is temporarily put by Allegri. Barzagli, defensive point of reference in the absence of Chiellini, is no longer able to play at high levels as in the past. And in general most of the players in all departments seem physically tired and weakened by the numerous commitments this season.
From a tactical point of view the last precedent played in the league between Juventus and Milan does not provide useful information. On that occasion Federico Bernardeschi, Mario Mandzukic and Alex Sandro were unavailable, and Cuadrado was not in good condition. For this reason Allegri has chosen to play with an atypical 3-5-2, this year rarely used, and then move to a 4-4-2 game in progress. It was a winning change: Cuadrado and Douglas Costa externally took advantage of the tactical arrangement of Milan, whose full-backs were little helped in the defensive phase by the midfield and the attacking outfields.
This time Allegri should field the 4-3-2-1, but trying again to make the most of the bands. Cuadrado will be deployed as a full-back, with more offensive tasks than when they play Lichtsteiner or De Sciglio. But the most influential player in the offensive phase, more than Cuadrado, should once again be the Brazilian Douglas Costa, the only player in positive progression in this final part of the Juventus season. He is in great shape, and his speed and ability in dribbling could alter the balance of the game.
The latest news on the formations
As mentioned, to try to win the game and get the third so-called “double” (victory of Serie A and Coppa Italia), Allegri will probably line up 4-3-2-1. In goal Buffon will play his first Coppa Italia final with the Juventus starting shirt. In defense Barzagli, Benatia and Rugani you play the two available places. For the rest in the field will go the holders: Cuadrado deployed from right back, Alex Sandro on the left, Khedira, Pjanic and Matuidi in midfield, and Dybala and Higuain in attack.
Allegri has also recovered a couple of important players, even just for the bench. The first is Mattia De Sciglio, ex Milan. The second is Mandzukic: absent after the injury reported during the match against Inter, he returned to training and could enter the game in progress or even play as a holder instead of Douglas Costa. Moreover, seven of his twelve assists of the season Douglas Costa made them right from the bench, and Allegri could also decide to get him into the second half to exploit his extraordinary state of form against more tired opponents.
Milan will take the field with the usual 4-3-3 and with the usual owners. Romagnoli is recovered, while Biglia returning from an injury will go to the maximum on the bench. Gattuso would perhaps play it only in case of extra time, also because it is a possible rigorist. In attack in the usual “ballot” between Cutrone and Kalinic the first is favored, which against Verona has returned to score after six games without goals.
The Milan limit
The physical effort required by Gennaro Gattuso to the players of his teams is notoriously powerful, provided that it is not also that generally required by Allegri to his players. Only Milan are missing high quality substitutes, and the training has been somewhat “squeezed” in recent months. They played almost the same eleven players, and it was not by chance that Milan started losing shots between March and April, when they had to play a match every three days between the Italian Cup, Europa League, recoveries and mid-week series shifts. A. Of the eight games played not on Sunday in 2018, Milan have won only two, against Ludogorets.
If nothing else, the match played by AC Milan against Verona was not particularly expensive. And it is noteworthy that Juventus has shown, in particular against Inter, not to be in the best shape. But compared to Gattuso Allegri has more quality to fish on the bench. And in general the Juventus squad is tactically more flexible, an advantage not to be overlooked, especially when things do not go immediately right and there are complicated situations to solve.
The probable formations of Juventus – Milan
JUVENTUS (4-3-2-1): Buffon; Cuadrado, Barzagli, Benatia, Alex Sandro; Khedira, Pjanic, Matuidi; Douglas Costa (Mandzukic), Dybala; Higuain.
MILAN (4-3-3): Donnarumma; Calabria, Bonucci, Romagnoli, Ricardo Rodriguez; Kessié, Locatelli, Bonaventura; Suso, Cutrone, Calhanoglu.
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