With a spot in the semi-final of this year’s Coppa Italia up for grabs in midweek, AC Milan will welcome a stalling Juventus to the San Siro on Thursday night.
Desperate to bounce back from their derby day collapse on Sunday, Milan have made some much-needed alterations since opening the New Year and their 4-2 defeat against Inter was their first loss since returning from the festive break.
On the flip side, throwing away their own lead in dramatic fashion over the weekend and watching Verona snatch a famous 2-1, the reigning Serie A champions have lost two of their last three appearances and have sacrificed their spot at the top of the table.
While the Old Lady might have a growing reputation for their issues outside of Turin, there is no doubt that Thursday’s traveling support will be boosted by their most recent meetings against AC.
Including picking up a 1-0 win when the two sides faced off back in November, Juventus have remarkably won each of their last nine matchups against I Rossoneri and a similar outcome can be found at 1/1 with Bet365.
The return of Zlatan
While AC would have been hugely disappointed to have thrown away a 2-0 lead at half-time in their Milan derby on Sunday night, I Rossoneri have made a string of improvements since returning from the festive break.
With their sights set on securing a European return for fans around the San Siro, there is no doubt that Head Coach Stefano Pioli will be growing more impressed by Zlatan Ibrahimović’s eye-catching return to Italy.
Finding the net against Inter Milan over the weekend and also picking up an assist for strike partner Ante Rebic, the 38-year-old has cemented his spot as Pioli’s leading man following his MLS switch.
Bagging back-to-back strikes, including finding the net against Torino in the last round of this year’s Coppa Italia, the Swedish marksman has recorded three goals since returning to the San Siro and can be found priced at 8/5 with Paddy Power to make it three on the bounce in midweek.
Juventus desperate for a response
Throwing away a one-goal lead away at Verona over the weekend and now losing two of their last three matchups, it appears that the mood in Juventus’ camp is showing some signs of being fragile.
Hit with back-to-back defeats away from the Allianz, including another 2-1 defeat away at fellow strugglers Napoli last month, Maurizio Sarri’s men now find themselves sat behind Inter Milan and top spot.
If the Old Lady are to make a much-needed return to winning ways and book their spot in the semi-final of this year’s Coppa Italia, then Thursday’s traveling support will be looking for attacking talisman Cristiano Ronaldo to lead their charge.
Bagging what turned out to be a consolation strike against Verona over the weekend, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has found the net in each of his last seven matches on the bounce, recording 11 goals on that purple patch.
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