Top match in Serie A: AC Milan vs Juventus
The Serie A will traditionally head into action on l’Epifania holiday. The highlight of the matchday on January 6 is the top clash AC Milan vs Juventus. Kick-off at the San Siro Stadium takes place at 19.45 (UK time).
Milan sits on top of the league
After a few years of absence, the Rossoneri are leading the Serie A standings with 37 points after 15 matches played. The Bianconeri, on the other hand, see themselves in an unfamiliar position. Juventus ranks only fifth, chasing a 10 point deficit with one game less played.
Milan wants to defend their current position. Their rival Inter has collected only 2 points less and is ready to climb on top with a targeted win in Genoa against Sampdoria.
AC Milan vs Juventus: history and statistics
The two teams have met 202 times in league matches with Bianconeri having won 79 head-to-head matches. Milan claimed 60 victories and 63 times the clash resulted in a draw.
In July, Milan won the last encounter between the two Italian giants at San Siro. Loosing 0:2 just after half time, Milan pulled the game round in only 18 minutes, thanks to goals by Ibrahimovic, Kessie, Leao and Rebic.
The clash AC Milan vs Juventus didn’t see a draw in the league since February 25, 2012.
AC Milan vs Juventus team news
Stefano Pioli will have to find a way without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is still injured and misses the clash against Ronaldo. Ronaldo leads the goal scorer standings with 14, whilst Ibrahimovic sits third with 10 goals. Apart from the Swedish striker, Rebic and Krunic will be out due to a positive covid test. Moreover, Gabbia, Bennacer and Saelemaekers will not be available due to injury. Tonali is suspended after his expulsion against Benevento.
Therefore, the Rossoneri coach will rely on the attack with Calhanoglu and Castillejo in the front line. Calabria is expected to replace Tonali in the midfield. Accordingly, he may play alongside Kessie. In the back, Kalulu, Romagnoli, Kjaer and Theo Hernandez will most likely complete the starting line-up. Donnarumma is in the goal.
Juventus has started the new year with an important win against Udinese. Ronaldo (2), Chiesa and Dybala all scored. The pressure is still immense. Many will consider Juventus as knocked out in the race for this year’s Scudetto, if they lose the game.
Andrea Pirlo will have the whole squad available. The only doubt falls on Alvaro Morata, who was absent in the last match and is still struggling with a minor injury. Regardless, he may not start anyways due to Dybala’s good form.
Juventus is expected to start with a 4-4-2. Rabiot, Bentancur and McKennie aim to controlling the midfield, whilst Chiesa supports the attack. The centre back pair Bonucci / de Ligt have recently gained confidence. Danilo and Cuadrado will be the full-backs.
Fans may look forward to a really important and intense match AC Milan vs Juventus. Despite Milan’s successful season, the Old Lady is regarded as the favourite.
However, Milan enters the game undefeated and full of confidence. Calhanoglu is playing his best season for a while. Hence, we predict a draw with both teams scoring at least 2 goals.
More Serie A action on Epiphany day
There will be streams for all 10 matches of round 16 on January 6 on bet365. Follow the full schedule with our TV guide.