Italian football makes its much-welcomed return on Friday as Juventus host Milan in the second-leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final. The Rossoneri went ahead in the opening encounter through Ante Rebic and Stefano Pioli’s men thought they had done enough to take a slender lead to Turin before Cristiano Ronaldo levelled from the spot in the closing stages.
Where and when: Allianz Stadium, Turin – 12 June, kick-off 20:45
Where you can see Juventus vs. Milan: BT Sport 1
Last time: Milan dominated possession, had the better chances, and may have held on if Theo Hernandez was not dismissed with 20 minutes remaining.
Juventus v Milan Predictions and Preview
Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri has a near full strength squad to choose from. The former Chelsea tactician may be without Gonzalo Higuain who is nursing a thigh strain and Aaron Ramsey, but both will be tested in the build up to the decisive encounter on home soil.
Sarri is expected to go with Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala and Douglas Costa in attack with the Portuguese superstar raring to add to his 23-goal haul. Ronaldo remains as hungry as ever to win silverware and with talk of this year’s Champions League culminating in his homeland, it could be a thrilling end to the 2019-20 season for the Bianconeri.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Either team to score a penalty||5/2||Offer|
|Milan/Under 1.5 goals||14/1||Offer|
|Juventus to win 2-1||7/1||Offer|
The 35-year-old is 9/4 to open proceedings and 13/8 to hit a double. Fellow forward Dybala is 11/8 to score and will be eager to return to action after a lengthy battle with Coronavirus. Juventus are 4/7 to emerge triumphant in 90 minutes and 2/7 to qualify outright and continue their quest for a historic treble.
Elsewhere, Milan will be without talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The legendary Swede is recovering from a calf injury and is likely to be replaced by Rebic in the lone striker role. The Croatian has impressed in training and will spearhead the side with Hakan Calhanoglu and Lucas Paqueta supporting the former Fiorentina ace.
One to watch for Juventus: With the exception of Ramsey, Sami Khedira offers something different to his midfield peers and will chip in with goals when fit. The German World Cup winner is 19/4 to strike anytime.
One to watch for Milan: Rafael Leao will consider himself unfortunate not to start in the absence of Ibrahimovic but his pace could be the difference late on. The young hitman is 13/2 to notch last.
Long shot: Juventus may be the overwhelming favourites to advance but there are a number of factors that will give Pioli confidence. The Bianconeri may be playing on home turf but will not have their loyal supporters in the terraces. In addition to this undeniable advantage, much will also depend on how both squads have responded to training. A Milan 2-1 success in regulation time is 17/1.