Saturday 31 Mar

Juventus vs AC Milan - Match Preview

31 Mar 2018 Ed Mackey ITALY: Serie A
ITALY: Serie A

Juventus Turin

  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • D

vs

Kick-off
18:45 GMT
31 March 2018

AC Milan

  • W
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • W

Kick-off
18:45 GMT 31 March 2018

There will be many European football fans happy to see the back of the final international break of the season, not least Italian fans. Serie A returns and two of the big boys are in action on Saturday evening as Juventus welcome Gennaro Gattuso’s AC Milan side to Turin. The hosts are looking to extend their lead at the top as they chase another title while Milan are holding onto sixth with a chance of Champions League qualification.

STATS

  • It’s no surprise to see Juventus having a fantastic season, balancing top spot with a place in the quarter-final of the Champions League. Napoli looked to be steaming ahead but with Juve on a run of 15 unbeaten (winning 13 of those), they have been absolutely untouchable. The champions weren’t as formidable in their last match as they disappointingly drew 0-0 with SPAL.
  • AC Milan have booked their ideas up since the arrival of Gattuso as manager and are on a run of 10 league matches unbeaten, drawing just two of those 10. They are now in serious contention for the top four and after being knocked out of the Europa League, their focus is firmly on their league position. They came from behind in their last match to beat Chievo 3-2.
  • Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuaín have been the driving forces behind Juve’s great season and with 17 and 15 goals respectively, the Argentine pair are the most dangerous duo in the league.
  • AC Milan’s leading scorer is Patrick Cutrone, who has 15 goals in all competitions but just seven in Serie A.

HEAD TO HEAD

In the last 10 Serie A meetings between these two sides, AC Milan have won just one and there hasn’t been a single draw, meaning Juventus have won the other nine. This includes the one back in October where two Higuaín goals either side of half-time led to a 2-0 win. Both teams have scored in three of the last four meetings between the sides, however, there hasn’t been over 3.5 goals in the last eight fixtures.

JUVENTUS NEWS

A win for Juventus would see them take another big step towards the Scudetto but without Alex Sandro, and possibly Giorgio Chiellini, in the backline, they will be weaker than usual. Juan Cuadrado’s return will provide some much-needed pace on the flanks.

Latest matches: Juventus Turin

17.03.2018 Seri Spal 2013 Juventus Turin 0:0 D
14.03.2018 Seri Juventus Turin Atalanta Bergamasca 2:0 W
11.03.2018 Seri Juventus Turin Udinese Calcio 2:0 W
07.03.2018 UEFA Tottenham Hotspur Juventus Turin 1:2 W
03.03.2018 Seri Lazio Roma Juventus Turin 0:1 W

AC MILAN NEWS

Milan must avoid defeat to keep their hopes of a top-four finish alive and with Ignazio Abate coming back into the squad, he will provide defensive strength as well as an attacking presence.

Latest matches: AC Milan

18.03.2018 Seri AC Milan AC Chievo Verona 3:2 W
15.03.2018 UEFA Arsenal FC AC Milan 3:1 L
11.03.2018 Seri Genoa FC AC Milan 0:1 W
08.03.2018 UEFA AC Milan Arsenal FC 0:2 L
28.02.2018 Copp Lazio Roma AC Milan 4:5 W

SUMMARY

This is Juventus’ match to lose in front of their own supporters and they should have too much quality for AC Milan on Saturday night. The visitors won’t be easy to beat, as they haven’t been under Gattuso, but this is expected to be one step too far for the five-time European champions.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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