AC Milan hosts Juventus in round 23 of Italian Serie A. The match will be played on Sunday, January 23rd at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (San Siro) (Milan)
Stefano Pioli’s side is ranked second in the Serie A standings with 48 points after 22 matches. AC Milan gained 15 victories and three draws and suffered four losses. The Red-Blacks were undefeated in official matches since December last year. They had a streak of four victories. AC Milan defeated Genoa in the Italian Cup (3-1 after ET) and scored the maximum number of points in confrontations against Empoli (2-4), Roma (3-1), and Venezia (0-3). But on January 17, the Devils unexpectedly lost to Spezia in the home game (1-2). In the 1st half, the home team missed a penalty but scored a goal to gloom over in a locker room thanks to Rafael Leao. However, the Eaglets equalized the score and pulled out the victory in the 96th minute.
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Massimiliano Allegri’s team is in 5th place in the Italian championship standings with 41 points after 22 rounds. Juventus has 12 victories, five draws, and five defeats. Judging by the results of recent weeks, the Black-and-Whites have demonstrated their readiness to fight for a place in the Champions League zone at the end of the season. In the last 11 games in all competitions, the Old Lady lost only to Inter in extra time in the Italian Super Cup (2-1). On January 15, the Zebras extended their unbeaten streak in the championship to eight rounds, defeating Udinese at home (2-0). And three days later they hammered Sampdoria in the home match of the Italian Cup 1/8 finals (4-1).
The only head-to-head match of this season took place on September 19 in the 4th round of Serie A. The game in Turin ended in a 1-1 draw. Juventus organized an early goal with the efforts of Alvaro Morata, but Ante Rebic equalized the score in the second half. Milan’s defeat to Spezia happened partly due to lineup problems that will be relevant in the upcoming match against the Old Lady. Without leading central defenders and several key midfielders, the Red-Blacks will be vulnerable to Allegri’s team that gained excellent shape. Yes, in the last five matches, Juventus did not concede only from Udinese. But the Zebras have recently looked very good in the attack, scoring 11 goals in four games. In addition, the Old Lady plays well on foreign pitches. In five away rounds of Serie A, Juventus gained four victories and lost points only in the match versus Venezia (1-1). Most likely, the Black-and-Whites will extend their unbeaten streak after the match in Milan.