12 November 2018
One of the biggest Serie A derbies will take place at the Stadio San Siro this weekend, as AC Milan prepare to host Juventus.
Both sides have failed to secure positive outcomes in midweek’s international duties, as Juventus lost to Manchester United at home in the Champions League, while Milan played out a 1-1 draw with Real Betis in the Europa League.
After a turbulent start of the season, the Rossoneri have notably raised their game, especially after the previous international break, as they currently reside in the 4th place. Moreover, apart from a 1-0 loss to the arch-rivals Inter, the 7-time Champions League winners have won the previous five Serie A matches, including the one against Udinese last weekend. However, Gennaro Gattuso has a sizeable headache because of his team’s defensive displays, considering Milan have only kept a clean sheet once in the opening 11 league encounters, not once at home. On the other hand, Gonzalo Higuain and his fellow Rossoneri teammates score an average of 1.91 goals per match, having failed to find the back of the net just once this year.
Meanwhile, the reigning Serie A champions seem to be the most likely candidates to lift the prestigious trophy for the 8th time in a row, as they currently top the table with a record of ten wins and one draw. Moreover, the Bianconeri are the only Italian side that so far secured a maximum of 15 points on the road, having won all five encounters away from the Allianz Stadium. The Old Lady have scored at least two goals in all five road meetings, while they’ve kept a clean sheet two times in the process. Massimiliano Allegri’s players have notched a brace ten times this season, as they score an average of 2.18 goals per match, which is the best goal scoring record in the Italian top flight. On the other hand, Juventus are the only team along with Fiorentina and Inter who allowed more than one goal in a single league meeting so far.
Provisional line-up – AC Milan:
Gk: Gianluigi Donnarumma Defense: Romagnoli – Zapata – Rodriguez – Laxalt – Abate Midfield: Kessie – Bakayoko Attack: Suso – Cutrone – Higuain
Provisional line-up – Juventus:
Gk: Szczesny Defense: Bonuci – Chiellini – Alex Sandro – Joao Cancelo Midfield: Pjanic – Bentancur – Khedira Attack: Dybala – Cuadrado – Cristiano Ronaldo
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