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Juventus Primed for Success


After the shock of a home defeat to modest opposition earlier this week, AC Milan host old rivals Juventus at San Siro, in Serie A’s Sunday evening kickoff. Separated by seven points and three places in the standings, the Rossoneri are just two points adrift of the summit despite Monday’s setback, while their Bianconeri counterparts have moved to within touching distance of the top four thanks to some improved form.


Seeking to avoid suffering back-to-back league defeats at their iconic headquarters for the first time since September 2019, the Rossoneri now continue a freakish schedule of six successive fixtures at San Siro with one of the highest-profile clashes in Calcio. Sunday’s showdown with an improving Juve will be followed by their ‘away’ game against Inter in the season’s second Derby della Madonnina, before a Coppa Italia quarter-final tie versus Lazio.


Therefore, this could be a definitive period for Stefano Pioli’s team, who have no European engagements to clutter their weeknights, having crashed out of the Champions League by finishing last in their devilishly difficult group. Milan’s pursuit of a first Scudetto since 2011 had been progressing well until Monday’s defeat – in which the referee blew for a foul for the home side just as Junior Messias fired home what would have been a stoppage-time equaliser – and they had previously overcome Empoli, Roma and Venezia while netting 10 times in the process.


Remarkably, before returning to the second city on Sunday, Allegri has won 11 and drawn the other four meetings with his latest successor in the Milan hotseat, having established a prolonged period of dominance over Pioli in Serie A.


While speculation persists over the future of Dybala, Alvaro Morata and several others amid cost-cutting measures at the Turin club, Allegri will aim to continue his rebuild since taking charge of Juventus for a second time. Undoubtedly, an away win over his old employers would certainly help keep momentum building behind the Old Lady.

DPP Verdict

Following the 1-1 draw in September, Milan and Juventus are in line to draw both meetings in a Serie A campaign for the first time since the 1991-92 season. In fact, the two giants of Calcio have not drawn any of their last nine league encounters at San Siro, but with both sides recently improving in the final third, a close-fought affair could have several twists and turns as it reaches its climax.