Copa Italia Semi-Final Leg 1: Juventus Vs AC Milan Match Preview, Line Up, Team News, Live Info

Juventus Vs AC Milan
AC Milan
(Copa Italia)
1.15 AM IST (UTC +5:30)
San Siro

Full Time
Man Of The Match - C.Ronaldo
Juventus XI:
Buffon, De Sciglio, de Ligt, Bonucci, Alex Sandro, Cuadrado, Pjanic, Ramsey, Matuidi, Dybala, Cristiano Ronaldo.
AC Milan
AC Milan XI:
Donnarumma, Calabria, Kjaer, Romagnoli, Hernandez, Castillejo, Kessié, Bennacer, Calhanoglu, Ibrahimovic, Rebic.

Match Preview

Although the sample size is small, Juventus’ Coppa Italia experience this season has been one that has actually been a much-needed refresher from what has otherwise been a relatively disappointing 2019-20 campaign in terms of how the team has played.

The 4-0 beatdown of Udinese was the perfect tonic coming out of a holiday break that still had Juve’s Supercoppa loss to Lazio still ringing in the back of our heads. The 3-1 win over Roma, all of two weeks after an incredibly close victory at the Stadio Olimpico, was a sign that things could be changing for the better for Maurizio Sarri’s side as huge stretch of the schedule starting to approach.

So maybe, just maybe, the Coppa Italia can provide some much-needed good vibes again come Thursday night.

Although, it’s not like Juventus’ opponent in this first leg of the Coppa Italia semifinals, AC Milan, are entering the game in a good mood after its own result this past weekend. While Juve is coming off the back of a disappointing loss against Hellas Verona, Milan have to still be at least a little shellshocked over what happened in Sunday’s Derby della Madonnina against city rivals Inter.

As bad as we though the loss to Hellas Verona might have been think about this:

Milan was up 2-0 at halftime was in complete control over Inter, who looked like they were expecting the exact opposite of what their city rivals did in the opening half.
Inter ended up winning the derby 4-2, flipping the game on its head and leaving Milan searching for answers as to what the hell happened in the second half.
Throw into the fact that — although it doesn’t have much relation to the Coppa Italia — Milan’s loss allowed Inter to jump over Juventus and into first place in the Serie A standings on goal differential and you’ve got a lot of things that relate to these two clubs even though they haven’t played each other in three months.

They’re both coming off bad losses. And not just that, but bad losses in two very different kinds of ways. Sure, the second half in both games ended up being where leads were lost and losses ended up developing. But it’s not like Juventus ever dominated Hellas Verona in the same kind of way that Milan was throttling Inter. Juve’s performance in Verona was just as bad — if not worse — than what we saw against Napoli two weeks earlier, and the latest sub-par showing in a season that has become full of them.

In the minutes following the loss, Wojciech Szczesny called Juve’s latest dud of a performance away from home as “embarrassing” — which is a pretty tell tale sign that the players are really starting to realize they need to get this season turned around in a hurry. The tone of the Italian media has started to turn as well, with a whole lot of talk about the upcoming fixtures being what defines Sarri’s first season in Turin.

It’s not wrong of them to do that, either.

There’s Coppa Italia, a Derby d’Italia showdown with Inter and the first half of the Champions League Round of 16 all taking place over the next 2 1⁄2 weeks. The first of those comes in the Coppa, with a trip to Milan looking Juventus right in the face. They could use that to try to rebound from (another) terrible performance, or it just could be another string of disappointing results.

At this point, it’s hard to say which team will show up.

Team News And Statistics

As mentioned, after the loss against Hellas Verona, there has been some tension in the Juventus environment. Of course, the fact that Inter now are tied in first with the Bianconeri didn’t exactly make things better.

In other words, Maurizio Sarri’s men have a point to prove tomorrow evening, just like their opponents. Excluding long-term injuries (Chiellini, Demiral, Khedira), the manager will have to do without the likes of Douglas Costa and Federico Bernardeschi.

However, the Bianconeri are known for having good squad depth, although the midfield has been a criticised department this season. There were rumours about Miralem Pjanic potentially getting some rest, but it looks like he will start after all.

Cristiano Ronaldo will start as usual up front, partnering up with Paulo Dybala. Meanwhile, Aaron Ramsey should get the chance from start in the trequartista role.

Predicted XI :Buffon; De Sciglio, Bonucci, Rugani, Alex Sandro; Bentancur, Pjanic, Matuidi; Ramsey; Cristiano Ronaldo, Dybala.

    Fortunately, Pioli won’t have to deal with many injuries, nor suspensions, for this game. Given the importance of the game, therefore, the starting eleven could be similar to the one that faced Inter.

According to the latest reports, there could be some changes in the backline, switching things up after conceding four last time out. Instead of Simon Kjaer, who arguably could have done better against Inter, Mateo Musacchio could play from the first minute.

In addition to the centre-back position, we can expect to see Davide Calabria on the right-hand side in place of Andrea Conti (suspended), who has been heavily criticised by the Rossoneri fans in the last few days.

In midfield, Franck Kessie and Ismael Bennacer should form the tandem, as Pioli is moving forward with the 4-4-1-1/4-2-3-1 system. Samu Castillejo and Hakan Calhanoglu are more or less confirmed, but the battle on the left side is still on.

Although Ante Rebic has been in red-hot form as of late, Rafael Leao could get the chance instead to continue his development at the club. After all, we won’t get to see his best side if he just keeps getting a few minutes here and there.

Predicted XI Donnarumma; Calabria, Musacchio (Kjaer), Romagnoli, Theo; Castillejo, Kessie, Bennacer, Rebic (Leao); Calhanoglu; Ibrahimovic.

Sports Track Score Prediction

JUVENTUS [ 1 ] - [ 1 ] AC MILAN
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