Juventus and AC Milan will collide for the sequel of their Coppa Italia semi-final tie on Wednesday night in Turin.
The first leg ended in a 1-1 stalemate at the San Siro over a fortnight ago, with Cristiano Ronaldo’s last-gasp penalty cancelling out Ante Rebic’s opener, after Theo Hernandez saw red 20 minutes from the full-time whistle.
As such, the second leg is delicately poised and offers a mouthwatering proposition for the neutral, with Maurizio Sarri desperately looking deflect some of the pressure building on his shoulders, which can also be said of his counterpart in the opposing dugout, Stefano Pioli.
This definitive clash could have serious ramifications for the future of either manager. Read on for Juventus vs AC Milan predictions, live stream options and team news.
When is Juventus vs AC Milan and where can I watch live?
Competition: Coppa Italia
Venue: Juventus Stadium
Date: Wednesday, 4 March 2020
Kick-off: 7:45 PM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): BT Sport 3
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Last five meetings: Juventus vs AC Milan
13 February 2020: AC Milan 1-1 Juventus (Coppa Italia)
10 November 2019: Juventus 1-0 AC Milan (Serie A)
06 April 2019: Juventus 2-1 AC Milan (Serie A)
16 January 2019: Juventus 1-0 AC Milan (Italian Super Cup)
11 November 2018: AC Milan 0-2 Juventus (Serie A)
Aggregate Score: Juventus (DWWWW) 7-2 AC Milan (DLLLL)
Ones to watch
Juventus: Cristiano Ronaldo
In a game of such fine margins the result could be swayed by one moment of individual brilliance, and that has so often fallen at feet of Ronaldo over the years. Even in the previous encounter, with the hosts looking good value for their lead, the Portuguese phenom refused to yield and eventually swung the balance back in Juve’s favour with a goal at the death.
If Ronaldo is primed and ready, you can hedge your bets on the Old Lady reaching yet another Coppa Italia final.
Key stat: In 10 matches against AC Milan across his career, Ronaldo has found the back of the net five times.
AC Milan: Ante Rebic
If Juve can sleep easy knowing their veteran titan is raring to go, then the same can certainly not be said of Milan, who will be without the suspended Zlatan Ibrahimovic for this contest. The first leg offered so many interesting subplots in an already fascinating matchup, with Ibra versus Ronaldo being the most prominent, but that clash-of-titans narrative will have to take a backseat as Pioli prepares his side without the Swede.
So who will provide the goods in Ibra’s absence? Rebic has been in red-hot form of late and netted in the first leg. His attacking exploits will vital as Milan look to reach the final without their talisman.
Key stat: Rebic has scored seven goals in his last eight games across all competitions for AC Milan.
Maurizio Sarri enters this fixture with few injury problems, other than that to long-term absentee Merih Demiral, but the Italian does face something of a selection headache.
He left Aaron Ramsey, Blaise Matuidi, Gonzalo Higuain and Federico Bernardeschi on the bench in defeat to Lyon last week, so he may be tempted to make wholesale changes to that disappointing 1-0 reversal at the Groupama Stadium. It has also been revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo is a doubt due to personal reasons.
Predicted XI: Buffon; Danilo, De Ligt, Bonucci, Sandro; Ramsey, Pjanic, Matuidi; Ronaldo, Dybala, Higuain.
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Gianluigi Donnarumma was withdrawn against Fiorentina over the weekend and is expected to miss out on Wednesday, meaning Asmir Begovic is likely to deputise in the Italian’s absence. Elsewhere, Leo Duarte, Rade Krunic and Lucas Biglia all remain out.
The biggest issue facing the visitors in midweek is the triple suspension to Ibrahimovic, Theo Hernandez and Samu Castillejo.
Predicted XI: Begovic; Laxalt, Musacchio, Romagnoli, Calabria; Bennacer, Kessie; Calhanoglu, Paqueta, Rebic; Leao.
Both these clubs have certainly endured teething problems under new management this term, meaning the spotlight will be all the more intense on Wednesday night, but it’s difficult to look past a Juventus win given the current climate of the meeting.
Milan are without three huge stars in Ibrahimovic, Hernandez and Castillejo, not to mention the potential absence of Donnarumma, while Juve have a near-enough full-strength squad to choose from. Under the lights in Turin, Juve should have more than enough firepower to get over the line.