Frontrunners Milan tussle it out with champions Juventus in titanic Serie A action. The league leaders are now the only unbeaten side in the division after the Bianconeri were comprehensively beaten by Fiorentina and there is a very real possibility the Bianconeri’s stranglehold on the Scudetto could come to an end in May.
Where and when: San Siro, Milan – 6 January, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Milan vs. Juventus: Premier Sports 1
Last time: The Rossoneri came out on top in the six-goal thriller in July courtesy of Ante Rebic, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Franck Kessie and Rafael Leao.
Milan v Juventus Predictions and Preview
Stefano Pioli is still without talisman Ibrahimovic. The striker has been on the treatment table since November 22 and is scheduled to return before the end of January.
Rebic has deputised through the middle in the Swede’s absence and can be found at 9/2 to break the deadlock. The versatile attacker is a man for the big occasion and, like many of his colleagues, is playing the best football of his career under Pioli.
Hakan Calhanoglu will operate off the Milan number 12 and is edging ever closer to committing his long-term future to the Rossoneri. The playmaker is 6/1 to register first and will be flanked by Samu Castillejo and Leao.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Draw and both teams to score||3/1||Offer|
|Juventus to win 2-1||17/2||Offer|
|Kessie to score anytime||14/5||Offer|
Meanwhile, flying full-back Theo Hernandez is 7/2 to notch anytime. The left footer has astonishingly yet to be capped by Didier Deschamps and is arguably the best player in his position, in Italy, and possibly Europe. Hernandez has contributed four strikes and five assists from 17 appearances. The Rossoneri are 19/10 to extend the gap over their opponents and a stalemate is 23/10.
Juventus are on the hunt for winter reinforcements. The Bianconeri are desperate to revamp the midfield with Paul Pogba the top target but the World Cup winner is unlikely to leave Old Trafford until next summer.
Juan Cuadrado is back from suspension and has been influential down the right flank. The 32-year-old has laid off nine assists in all competitions but also chipped in with some valuable goals.
Cristiano Ronaldo is 11/5 to open proceedings and will be delighted to see his colleague back on the field. Partner Alvaro Morata can be found at 18/5 in the same market, while Paulo Dybala is 17/4 to bag the final effort. The Argentine has a proposal on the table from Juventus, but is unhappy with his lack of playing time, and will again have to settle for a second-half cameo. The Bianconeri are 7/5 to take the spoils.
One to watch for Milan: New boy Jens Petter Hauge is staking a serious claim for a regular role on the right flank and is 15/8 to net anytime.
One to watch for Juventus: Weston McKennie arrived in Turin initially on a two-year loan deal but has impressed so much the move is to be made permanent in the coming weeks. The American is 9/2 to score anytime.
Long shot: There is great respect between Italy’s two biggest clubs, but a fierce desire to be the best. The Rossoneri have been in the wilderness for much of the last decade and watched on as Juventus have scooped all the domestic silverware but the Scudetto holders are wobbling, and Milan will recognise this. A 3-1 home triumph is 25/1.