Followers of Italian football have a busy midweek ahead as the competition gathers pace following a slow festive period. 10 games are scheduled to be played on Wednesday with kick-off times staggered between 11:30 and 19:45. In this preview, we focus our attention on the game of the day where AC Milan host Juventus in a game you can follow live on television from 19:45 GMT.
These two giants of Italian football have met many times in the past and are responsible for serving up some memorable games, ensuring a large TV audience will ensure they are ready for kick-off in this renewal. The head-to-head stats show Juventus boast 33 wins against the 16 of AC Milan with 22 ending in a draw. Two of the last three were level but Milan did score an emphatic 4-2 home win back in the summer when the pair last met.
Milan lead the way
AC Milan start round 16 of the Serie A season sitting top of the table and are currently the team to catch. The locals have won 11 games and drawn four to date, making them the only unbeaten team left in the competition and one of only a few in major European football. Despite their solid form, Milan have just a one-point advantage over nearest rivals Inter Milan in second with third-placed Roma seven points behind. This season could be a shootout between the Milan clubs for the title.
The home team have taken nine points from their last three games to get their title charge back on track following two draws. They were last seen in action scoring a hard-fought but impressive win over Benevento on their travels at the weekend. Goals from Kessie and Leao helped AC to the points despite the sending off of Tonali.
Juventus down in fifth
Juventus have dominated Italian football in recent years and started this campaign as firm favourites to tighten their grasp over the competition. Things haven’t gone according to plan for the Old Lady so far, however, and they start this game fifth in the table with 27 points on the board, 10 less than their hosts. Juve do have a game in hand over the teams above them but know this is a game they will have to win if they want to challenge for pole position.
The current champions have struggled with a lack of consistency in recent times with their form showing they have won three, drawn one and lost one of their last five. They did secure a much-needed three points last time out thanks to a 4-1 victory over Udinese on Sunday. Fans hope that proves to be the turning point in this season.
AC Milan vs Juventus prediction
AC Milan are fully deserving of their place at the top of the table but know they can’t afford any slip-ups with Inter Milan hot on their heels. Juventus have a game in hand but if they don’t win this match their chances of defending the league flag look slim.
Serie A odds
AC Milan are 3.136 with Juventus 2.31 and the draw 3.32.
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