Juventus vs Milan: Match Preview
TWO ITALIAN GIANTS FACE OFF
For the 166th time, Juventus and Milan will be going toe to toe in Serie A this Saturday (20.45 CEST). This is no ordinary football match, but a clash between the two most decorated clubs on the peninsular.
The Bianconeri hold the upper hand historically with 62 wins to the Rossoneri’s 49, while there have been 54 draws. Meanwhile, Juve’s home record in this fixture is even better with 40 victories from 82 matches and six wins from six at Allianz Stadium.
BIANCONERI AT THE BUSINESS END
It’s that time of year again! The international break is over as the players regroup ahead of the final stages of the season.
Every match is of the utmost importance to Juventus at the moment, as they pursue an unprecedented seventh straight Scudetto, with second-placed Napoli just two points adrift.
The Bianconeri’s run of 12 consecutive league victories was ended last time out against SPAL, but they remain unbeaten in all competitions since 19 November 2017 (a 3-2 reverse to Sampdoria) – a staggering 24 matches.
Furthermore, Massimiliano Allegri’s men have not conceded a Serie A goal for 931 minutes. They will set a new all-time league record if Milan do not score before the 44th minute this Saturday.
ROSSONERI ON THE RISE
Gennaro Gattuso may have experienced a tough first month as Milan manager upon taking over from Vincenzo Montella on 27 November 2017, but 2018 has so far produced exceptional results for the club.
The Rossoneri have picked up 25 from a possible 27 points this calendar year – second only to Juventus – and a positive result on Saturday would see them unbeaten for 11 successive league matches for the first time in nearly five years.
Milan’s recent success has been built upon a solid defence, conceding only five times in their last nine matches, and the clinical goal scoring form of youngster Patrick Cutrone. With five goals in his last six games, the 20-year-old is one of Serie A’s most in-form strikers. Moreover, he has converted a highly impressive 35% of his shots.
A win for Juventus would make it seven wins from seven at Allianz Stadium. From Claudio Marchisio’s quickfire brace in October 2011 through to Paulo Dybala’s adrenaline-filled stoppage-time strike from the penalty spot last March, there have been plenty of unforgettable moments from the previous six successes in Juve’s iconic arena.
JUVE-MILAN STATS & FACTS
- In three out of Juve’s six Serie A victories vs Milan at Allianz Stadium, the winning goals have arrived in the final 15 minutes.
- Milan manager, Gennaro Gattuso, was the match winner in the last time that the Rossoneri secured three points away to Juventus back in March 2011.
- Gattuso (2.14) and Massimiliano Allegri (2.00) have the best points averages of all current Serie A managers.
- Juventus are 44 minutes away from setting a new Serie A record for total time without conceding a goal (overtaking the 974 minutes established by the Bianconeri in March 2016).
- Across Europe’s top five leagues, no team has conceded fewer shots on target as Juventus (60).
- Milan’s recent rise has seen them climb to fifth in Serie A’s table for 2017/18 away form (24 points). Juventus, meanwhile, sit top of the home form standings (37 points).
- Two ex Bianconeri players will be making Allianz Stadium returns: Leonardo Bonucci and Marco Storari.
- Gianluigi Buffon’s next Serie A win will be his 300th for Juventus.