Preview - Juventus vs AC Milan 01 April 2018

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Match Day 30
Juventus vs AC Milan
Sunday, April 1st, 2018
03:45 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Allianz Stadium

Juventus: 
Last five matches form: W W W W D
Average goals per match: 2.3
Average goals against per match: 0.5
Top Scorer: Paulo Dybala (17)

AC Milan:
Last five matches form: W L W L W
Average goals per match: 1.5
Average goals against per match: 1.1
Top Scorer: Patrick Cutrone (7)

Match Day 30 in Serie A saves the best until last with this clash of two of the giants of the Italian game at the Allianz Stadium. Its Juventus vs AC Milan as first meets sixth in what is always a fiercely contested encounter.

Juan Cuadrado and Federico Bernardeschi definitely miss out for the Old Lady, but of more concern is the rumoured absence of possibly the best defender in world football, Giorgio Chiellini. He isn't certain to miss out, but having skipped the internationals with a slight complaint, he must at least be a doubt.

Andrea Conti and Ignazio Abate remain out for Milan, but otherwise they look set to field a full-strength line-up ahead of this big test.

Milan are unbeaten in six on the road and should at least provide the current league leaders with a test here. One concern however would be how well they are able to keep a lid on their discipline in a match such as this. Four red cards in their past eight away games does not bode well.

Juventus are unbeaten in 15 in all competitions at home, winning twelve and drawing three, with two of those draws coming against Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona. The absence of Chiellini would be a concern, but even should he miss out we still expect the home side to come out on top, although this may well be tight.


Prediction: Juventus 2 - 1 AC Milan

Harry85

Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 3 - 1
Shots: 7 - 10
Shots on target: 4 - 5
Corner Kicks: 2 - 3
Possession: 52% - 48%

Ricardo Rodriguez, Lucas Biglia and Riccardo Montolivo of Milan and Juventus's Medhi Benatia all found there way into referee Paulo Silvio Mazzoleni's notebook here.

Juventus got on the scoresheet early here. Top scorer Paulo Dybala picking up the ball around 25 yards form goal before firing a low drive which bounced once before beating Gianluigi Donnarumma.

AC reacted well to falling behind and were perhaps a little unlucky not to have one of two decent looking penalty claims awarded. They did get their equaliser in the 28th minute though. Leonardo Bonucci getting his head to a corner from the left to find the net from point blank range.

AC came out with real intent in the second half and were the width of the crossbar away from taking the lead. Hakan Calhanoglu's 54th minute piledriver from range rattling the frame of the goal.

In the 79th minute it was the hosts who did take the lead. Excellent work from Sami Khedira down the left-hand side resulting in a clipped cross to the far post to find Juan Cuadrado steaming in to head home.

Having provided the assist for the second, Khedira then got on the scoresheet himself in the 87th minute, receiving the ball from Dybala on the edge of the box to fire a low drive into the bottom left hand corner. 3-1 final score.

Juventus's progress towards another Serie A title continues apace. This result in combination with Napoli only managing a draw at Sassuolo means the Old Lady stretch their lead at the top to four points.

AC Milan remain in the box seat for sixth place and Europa League football next season, but Atalanta are closing in with their win at home to Udinese closing the gap back to seventh to just the three points.

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