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Match Preview: Milan-Juventus 06-01-21

Updated: Jan 30, 2021

The new year has started the best way possible for Milan, with a suffered win in Benevento, but the Rossoneri now have to face Juventus.

Last season's game between the two sides saw Milan winning 4-2, with a brilliant team performance. This time, the teams are facing each other with the Rossoneri on top of the league for the first time since 2015, when Juventus won 1-0 with a Dybala's goal. The last draw in Serie A was a 1-1 stalemate on February 2012, the game infamous for Muntari's "ghost goal". Since then, Juventus have won 13 games and Milan 3.

The Rossoneri have scored in the last 17 consecutive home games in Serie A, this recorded has now lasted a year, with the last home game without goals being Milan-Sampdoria 0-0, on 6th January 2020.

The odds for this game see Milan as the underdog, due to the many losses Pioli has to face. Indeed, misfortune afflicts the squad, with Ibrahimovic, Saelemakers, Bennacer and Gabbia not able to play. Hernandez comes back from the suspension but Tonali is out, after the red card he got in the Benevento game, and for this reason Krunic will take his place.

On the other hand, this will be the first game for Pirlo in Milan on the Juventus bench. The latest news is that Alex Sandro has Covid and won't play, while Morata will probably not be able to recover from injury. The Bianconeri will count on Ronaldo, who so far scored 14 goals in Serie A (5 goals home and 9 away), and on Dybala, who scored 7 goals in 11 games against Milan but none of them in San Siro.

MILAN (4-2-3-1): G. Donnarumma; Calabria, Kjaer, Romagnoli, Hernandez; Krunic, Kessié; Castillejo, Calhanoglu, Rebic; Leao. Coach: Pioli

JUVENTUS (4-4-2): Szczesny; Cuadrado, Bonucci, De Ligt, Danilo; Chiesa, Bentancur, Rabiot, Ramsey; Dybala, Cristiano Ronaldo. Coach: Pirlo

Referee: Irrati

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