Date: September 20, 2014
Venue: San Siro Stadium, Milan, Italy
Kick-off time: 19.45 hours BST
AC Milan are currently the league leaders in Italy with defending champions, Juventus in second (only due to less number of goals scored). Both the teams have experienced good form, but the Milan defence looks shaky especially in their last match against Parma.
AC Milan form: L-L-L-W-W
Under Filippo Inzaghi, the Milan side have shown signs of progress compared to last season. A good mix of youth and experience, the Milanese side have brought in Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, who is yet to feature in the squad.
The only major concern for Inzaghi will be the defence and against Juventus there’s no way they can get away with the kind of performance they put in against Parma.
Juventus form: W-W-W-W-W
Against Malmo FF, the Turin side won 2-0 thanks to a brace by Carlos Tevez. The Juventus side is second in the Serie A and against AC Milan will be looking to get maximum points. Such has been the dominance of Juventus that Milan coach, Inzaghi commented, “I hope that the San Siro and our fans can help us achieve a miracle.”
AC Milan: Stephan El Shaarawy
The exciting young forward’s career has stalled following a lengthy injury spell. Prior to that he was the hottest property in Europe and was destined for greatness. With him fully fit, Inzaghi has many attacking options to look to. His vision and technique is excellent along with his finishing skills. A potent attacking weapon.
Juventus: Carlos Tevez
The Argentine striker has been a constant threat for the opposition since the start of this season. Against Malmo FF, he ended his Champions League goal drought with two sublime goals. The diminutive striker has somewhat gone in the shadows since his move to Italy and didn’t recapture his lethal Premier League form. This season looks like his last productive one.
On form, Juventus are overwhelming favourites to nick the three points from this game, but AC Milan will be no pushovers. Expect a tough game here with a drawn encounter being a very likely encounter – bet365 are paying out 3.3 for a stalemate. It’s also 1.8 (BetVictor) for less than 2.5 goals scored in the game, which looks likely as the two defences will make scoring a gruelling exercise.