Two sides who make their return to action this week looking to book their spot in the final of this year’s Coppa Italia, Juventus will welcome AC Milan to Turin on Friday night.
Marking their return from the enforced break leading the Serie A title chase and still firing in three competitions, the Old Lady have their sights set on securing what would be a stunning silverware sweep this season.
On the flip side, while Juventus may return after enjoying a stellar domestic run back in March, Friday’s guests found themselves in the midst of another inconsistent spell after winning just one of their last six matches across all competitions.
In for what is an unenviable task on their return to action this week, Milan also hold what is a worrying record against Maurizio Sarri’s side, particularly on their trips to the Allianz.
Including a 1-0 victory when they welcomed AC to Turin earlier in the season, the Serie A leaders have won each of their last seven contests at the Allianz and a similar outcome can be found priced at 1/2 with William Hill.
The Ronaldo party to resume?
While Juventus would have been left bitterly disappointed to have entered the enforced break with a shock 1-0 defeat away at French outfit Lyon while on Champions League duties, the Old Lady were enjoying a bright domestic run.
Picking up what could be a crucial away goal at the San Siro in the first leg of this year’s Coppa Italia semi-final, Maurizio Sarri’s men also really caught they eye with a stunning 2-0 win against title challengers Inter Milan back on March 8th.
With the former Chelsea boss looking to secure a silverware sweep in Turin, there is no doubt that attacking talisman Cristiano Ronaldo should be relishing a return to action on Friday night.
Sat only behind Lazio goal machine Ciro Immobile in the race for the Serie A Golden Boot, the Portuguese icon has enjoyed yet another stellar campaign at the Allianz.
Including now bagging 19 goals in his last 17 matches across all competitions for the Old Lady, you might be interested to know that Juventus’ leading marksman can be found priced at 7/10 with Paddy Power to mark his return with a goal this week.
A tough return for AC
Entering the enforced break with what was a shock 2-1 loss against Genoa on home soil, AC Milan find themselves in a real uphill battle if they’re to secure a European finish this season.
Devastated to hear Swedish sensation Zlatan Ibrahimović will not feature on their trip to the Allianz this week, Stefano Pioli’s men have won just one of their previous six matchups across all competitions and have a growing reputation for their glaring inconsistencies.
Without their own attacking talisman on their return this week, it should also be highlighted that AC have continuously struggled with their attacking displays while on Coppa Italia duties away from Milan.
Remarkably, failing to find the net in any of their last four cup appearances outside of the San Siro, Friday’s guests have also recorded just a single strike in any of their last four trips to Turin.
You might be interested to know that an inconsistent AC can be found priced at 23/20 with Betfair to draw another blank on their return to action this week.
On a more positive note for Pioli, he will be able to call upon #1 shot-stopper Gianluigi Donnarumma who has recovered from an ankle injury he was dealing with prior to the break.