This Saturday, Stefano Pioli and AC Milan welcome Juventus to the San Siro in what is sure to be a blockbuster clash between two of Italy’s heavyweights. Both teams secured impressive wins the previous weekend but suffered mixed fortunes in their midweek exploits.
Juventus are coming into the fixture high in confidence, following a convincing win over Bologna on Sunday and a routine 3-1 over Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Champions League, but a trip to the daunting San Siro is no easy task, especially given the fact that the Old Lady have played three matches away from home, picking up two points in the process.
A win for Juventus will see them move up to sixth in the standings, but most importantly, it will ease the pressure on Massimiliano Allegri and will help rebuild the Bianchoneri’s confidence heading into the final run of fixtures before the World Cup.
Milan on the other hand have been well in the mix, keeping pace at the summit despite their midweek defeat to Chelsea in the Champions League. Pioli’s men seem to understand the assignment when it comes to league football. They boast a stellar record at home this season, winning three matches from four with their only loss coming at the hands of Napoli.
In their last league outing, the Rossoneri showed character, scoring three goals in the final ten minutes of the match to secure a comprehensive 3-1 victory over Empoli, so the message is loud and clear here. AC Milan are a difficult team to beat, especially when it comes to big matches. So Juventus have it all to do this weekend.
STATS AND KEY PLAYERS
Ante Rebic has scored four goals against Juventus in all competitions since joining AC Milan in 2019/20. No other player has scored more against them during that time (Giovanni Simeone and Ruslan Malinovskyi also scored four).
Since 2004/05, only two AC Milan players have contributed to more league goals in a single calendar year: Kaká in 2008 (27: 15 goals and 12 assists ) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in 2020 (26: 20 goals and 6 assists). Rafael Leo has been a part of the most Serie A goals in 2022 (22: 11 goals + 11 assists).
This match will see two of the three players with the best minutes-to-goals ratio in Serie A this season (min. 2 goals): Ante Rebic (one goal every 49 on average) and Arkadiusz Milik (one goal every 78) – the other one is Beto (one every 66 minutes).
Only at the Mapei Stadium (four) has Dusan Vlahovic played more Serie A matches without finding the net than at the Meazza (three matches). The big Serb has found his scoring touch in recent matches so one would back him to break his San Siro duck this weekend.
ELSEWHERE IN ITALY
Inter Milan kick off Matchday 9 looking to get back to winning ways domestically following back-to-back defeats to Udinese and Roma.
Sunday's fixtures see Lazio make the short trip to Florence to secure a fourth successive win under Maurizio Sarri while Mourinho and Roma host Lecce. Earlier in the day, surprise package Udinese welcome Atalanta to Stadio Friuli in what will be Gian Piero Gasperini’s 300th game in charge of La Dea in all competitions.