Coronavirus postponed five Serie A games at the weekend, including both these sides’ fixtures as league leaders Juventus were set to play third-placed Inter, while Milan had been due to host Genoa.
Having said that, this midweek Coppa Italia fixture is still scheduled to go ahead with fans from certain areas that are more affected than others being restricted.
Juventus have won four of the last five editions of this tournament, with their sole defeat coming against Atalanta in the quarter-finals last year.
A 1-1 draw in the opening leg means Maurizio Sarri’s men hold a slight advantage with the away goal rule in play, but they might not even need to use that. Indeed, the Old Lady have won 16 of 17 unbeaten matches at the J-Stadium this term.
Giorgio Chiellini’s return to the side has come at a vital time with the business end approaching, as Juve were disappointingly beaten at Lyon last Wednesday in the Champions League when he was rested.
In the 39 league matches he’s failed to start since the beginning of last season, his side have lost 5% more of their matches and conceded 59% more goals per game on average when compared to the 24 he started.
Juventus To Beat AC Milan To Nil
The Rossoneri were left frustrated in their last fixture as having scored the opening goal of the game through Ante Rebic, while Fiorentina’s Dalbert Henrique was sent off six minutes later, they then allowed their 10-man opponents back into the game as it finished 1-1.
That result also means they’ve won just one of their last six outings now, including a 4-2 derby defeat in their only trip to a top-half Serie A outfit.
In fact, against the six teams above them in the table, Milan have lost all four on their travels this term, while home or away they’ve lost four of five winless clashes with title contenders Juve, Inter and Lazio.
In Turin or at neutral venues, Juve have won all five clashes with Milan since 2017/18 by an aggregate 11-2 scoreline, including a 1-0 success here back in November, so we doubt Stefano Pioli’s men will be up to the task of knocking them out of this tournament.
With the return of skipper Chiellini to the starting line-up we fancy getting behind the win to nil, which would see Juve into their 19th Coppa Italia final.
Cristiano Ronaldo To Score Anytime
Having had a week off, we also expect Maurizio Sarri to name a pretty strong team. Cristiano Ronaldo may have failed to find the net in Lyon, but the striker had scored in each of his previous nine in the build up to that encounter, netting as many as 13 times and we expect him to get back to scoring ways.
Not to mention, he now has three goals in four meetings with Milan since leaving Real Madrid, as the exception came in the only outing where he didn’t complete to full 90 minutes.
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