Juventus vs. AC Milan. For lovers of calcio, it does not really get any bigger than this. Friday’s encounter between the two Italian giants will be their fourth of the campaign and arguably the most important of all.
After seven consecutive league wins, the Bianconeri had enjoyed undisputed domestic bragging rights in the fixture until the winter, defeats in Serie A at the San Siro and the Italian Super Cup in Doha adding a degree of balance to the rivalry in favour of the Rossoneri.
Goals from Paulo Dybala and Miralem Pjanic in the Coppa Italia last month though sent Juve through to the semi-finals at Milan’s expense and a further success tomorrow evening for Massimiliano Allegri’s men would keep them on course for glory on all three fronts this season; a Champions League last 16 second-leg meeting with Porto lies in wait next Tuesday night.