Juventus eased to a 2-0 victory at Cagliari on Tuesday night, and while the post-match reaction has quite rightly been dominated by the vile racist abuse aimed at Moise Kean, it also put the Bianconeri 18 points clear at the top of the Serie A table. After Napoli’s defeat at Empoli the following day, that massive lead remains intact.
That means this weekend’s clash between Juve and Milan at the Allianz Stadium has little relevance on the destination of the scudetto. There are only eight games left after all, and Juve’s main goal now is eclipsing their record points tally of 102, which they managed in 2013/14.
With that in mind, the Old Lady won’t be messing around on Saturday evening. They are likely to be without top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo though. The Portuguese forward scored the only goal of the game the last time the teams met, in January’s Supercoppa Italiana at Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Sports City. He also scored in the league meeting between the sides at the San Siro.
Ronaldo surely won’t be risked following his hamstring injury, with a trip to Amsterdam to play Ajax on Wednesday in the Champions League quarter-finals. That means the first goalscorer market is much more open than when he starts. Especially as the likes of Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic – who opened the scoring in the first league meeting between the teams this term – have also been sidelined and are fitness doubts for this match.
That’s given Kean his chance to shine, and the 19-year-old forward has scored in each of his last four games for club and country. He has six goals in seven appearances since his brace against Udinese last month, and will hope for another start this weekend. If he gets it, the Italy international could be well worth a look at 5/1 to open the scoring.
Juventus have won the last three fixtures between the clubs without conceding a single goal. They’ve only let in 19 in 30 games so far this term, and Milan will have a tough job on their hands getting past Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci. Juve are 8/11 in the outright market, and 9/5 to win the game to nil. That could be one of the best Juventus vs. Milan bets for Saturday’s clash in Turin.
If you like to bet on the exact score, a 2-0 home win is priced at 7/1. Juve have scored 16 goals in their last seven matches against Milan, scoring exactly two on four occasions. To bump up the odds, you could add Kean as the first scorer in a 2-0 Juventus victory for 22/1.