Ambitious AC Milan aiming to stun Serie A leaders Juventus
AC Milan, 10/1 with Coral to steal Juventus’ scalp, are not used to being considered underdogs, but the Milanese men are being tipped as just that ahead of their upcoming clash with historical rivals the Old Lady.
Filippo Inzaghi takes his team on a trip to Turin knowing that Milan have failed to defeat Juventus in five of their last six attempts, and have not taken the spoils on their hosts’ turf since 2011.
The Rossoneri certainly possess the quality to spring a surprise on the Serie A leaders, though, despite residing in 13th place in the league, 21 points behind Juve.
Recent loan recruit Mattia Destro is suspended for this encounter, but Inzaghi still has top options to threaten the Old Lady in attack.
Crafty playmaker Keisuke Honda, fresh from firing home three times for Japan at the Asian Cup, is 7/2 to score anytime, whilst Atletico Madrid-owned wideman Alessio Cerci is also available at the same price in that market.
Leading marksman Jeremy Menez bagged a brace last time out against Parma, and is expected to lead the Rossoneri’s resurgence again in Piedmont, where he is 8/1 to draw first blood against Juventus.
Inzaghi’s offence will certainly find themselves tested as they try to breach the Old Lady’s backline, which has been somewhat of a brick wall this campaign.
Massimiliano Allegri’s men are yet to lose in front of their home faithful in the league, and have conceded just nine times in Serie A so far this season.
After keeping four consecutive clean sheets across all competitions, jubilant Juve, who are odds-on at 1/3 to triumph, are also odds-on at 19/20 to win to nil.
Milan have failed to impress on their travels recently, failing to win any off their last six games on the road, but spirits in the camp appear high.
The Rossoneri certainly seem bullish about their ability to surprise Juventus, who stumbled to a stalemate against Udinese last time out.
Former Real Madrid stopper Diego Lopez told media ahead of the clash that Milan “are going there to play for the win.” Before adding: “We can try to win it.
Cerci said, meanwhile: “We have to play an open game. We will have our chances.”
Juve will also be chomping at the bit to sink their rivals for the second time this term, having already downed Milan, as well as well as capital clubs Roma and Lazio.
Taking three points in what would be another famous victory could see the Old Lady temporarily extend their lead at the top of the table to 10 points, with the Giallorssi now trailing seven behind.
Leading Serie A scorer Carlos Tevez has struck twice in his past two outings against the Rossoneri, including the winner earlier this season, so is 3/1 to bag a brace or better, or the same price to open the scoring.
Basque strike partner Fernando Llorente and much sought-after midfielder Paul Pogba are 7/5 and 13/8 in the anytime market respectively, whilst Claudio Marchisio (also 7/2) may step in for injury concern Arturo Vidal.