Serie A | Juventus vs AC Milan: 5 Talking Points Before Kick Off

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Milan to Spoil Juve’s Party


Though their morale was boosted by a Champions League victory in midweek, Juve have stuttered badly in Serie A, while their visitors are flying high with maximum points from their first three games.


Having been beaten at Napoli’s Stadio Maradona a few days previously – on the back a chastening defeat to promoted Empoli just before the international break – the pressure on Allegri is already growing as he seeks to prove his second term at the club can emulate the consistent success of his first.


While Ronaldo’s departure leaves question marks over the attack, Juventus have now conceded at least one goal in each of their last 17 Serie A outings; demonstrating that their main area of weakness is – almost unthinkably – at the back.


Intent on building towards another Scudetto challenge after last term’s attempt faltered in the final stages, Pioli has seen his side enjoy better fortunes in the league so far – with victory over Lazio being their most recent Serie A success.


Of course, their spiritual leader Zlatan Ibrahimovic returned from the bench with an almost instant goal, and the former Juventus striker will surely play a part in any challenge for the title. However, the towering talisman is set to be absent on Sunday night, so will revert to his role as deluxe cheerleader at the Allianz Stadium, as Milan seek a third win in their last four league matches against the Bianconeri – thereby extending their early lead over them to a remarkable 11 points.

DPP Verdict

Milan have rarely started this fixture as favourites in the past decade, but are certainly the side in the ascendancy, with a largely young and cohesive side. While Juventus have found expectations too much to handle in the early stages of their Serie A campaign, a European victory may boost brittle confidence. Therefore, home advantage can see them take a point from this prestigious occasion, but a first league win will have to wait.