Coppa Italia Preview - Juventus vs AC Milan 10 2018

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Coppa Italia Final
Juventus vs AC Milan
Thursday, May 10th, 2018
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico

Last five matches form: W D L W W
CI Average goals per match: 1.50
CI Average goals against per match: 0.00
CI Top Scorer: Gonzalo HiguaĆ­n (2)

AC Milan:
Last five matches form: D D L W W
CI Average goals per match: 1.00
CI Average goals against per match: 0.00
CI Top Scorer: Patrick Cutrone (2)

The Coppa Italia reaches its conclusion this week, and it could hardly have a better final as two of the traditional giants of the Italian game lock horns in Rome.

Already the most successful club in the history of the competition, Juventus bid to land a 13th win this season, in doing so they would be the first side to ever win the Coppa Italia four seasons in succession.

Standing in the Old Lady's way are five-time winners, AC Milan, who will be attempting to lift the trophy for the first time since 2003.

Results in this competition would suggest the forwards for both sides may well have their work cut out here. Both Juventus and AC Milan are yet to concede a goal in this year's competition.

The sides Serie A clashes this season would point towards Juventus coming out on top. The soon to be crowned Serie Champions winning 2-0 in Milan and 3-1 in Turin.

Juventus have been so superior to Milan in the league this season that - whilst anything can happen in a one-off game - they still have to favoured here.

Juventus haven't been quite their usual impenetrable selves of late, with no clean sheet in four games counting as a poor run given their incredibly high standards at the back.

AC can get on the score sheet but Juve are fancied to lift the trophy.

 Prediction: Juventus 2 - 1 AC Milan


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 4 - 0
Shots: 17 - 10
Shots on target: 10 - 6
Corner Kicks: 8 - 4
Possession: 49% - 51%

One booking apiece in this contest, with referee Antonio Damato showing yellow to Douglas Costa of Juventus and Davide Calabria of AC Milan.

The score-line might suggest that Juventus wiped the floor with Milan here, but that wasn't really the case. Whilst the Old Lady were undoubtedly deserving winners, this was more a case of AC Milan imploding with some catastrophic goalkeeping and defensive errors, as opposed to being blown away by scintillating Juventus play.

The first half was really something of a non-event, with both sides - as is so often the case when these two meet - seeming content to shadow box in the opening stages. 0-0 at the break.

Juve took the lead in the 56th minute. Miralem Pjanic's corner from the left hand side finding Medhi Benatia unmarked just outside the six yard box. Superb header from Benatia to direct the ball across goal and into the far top corner.

In the 61st minute Juventus doubled their advantage with the assistance of the first of two howlers on the night from Milan's nineteen year old goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma. Teed up by Juan Cuadrado on the edge of the 18 yard box, Douglas Costa's effort was powerful and on target, but having got both hands to the ball, Donnarumma should never have failed to keep it out.

Worse was to follow.

Faced with a simple head-height catch from a Mario Mandzukic header, Donnarumma fluffed it completely to drop the ball at the feet of Benatia to gleefully grab his second of the night from point blank range. 3-0 after 64 minutes.

Milan's misery was made complete in the 76th minute. Another Pjanic corner from the left, this time glancing off the head of Milan striker Nikola Kalanic, over the top of a floundering Donnarumma and in.

4-0 final score. Juventus lift the cup again!

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