Juventus vs Milan Preview: How to Watch on TV, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

After an unscheduled weekend off due to the coronavirus outbreak in parts of Italy, Juventus and AC Milan will be raring to go ahead of the second leg of their Coppa Italia semi final.

We’ve all had days at the office like Milan defender Davide Calabria in the tie’s gripping first leg – you’ve got through all your emails, you’re about to clock off, and suddenly the legendary forward who you’ve kept quiet the entire game equalises after you commit a handball which you didn’t even see.


Calabria and the Rossoneri will be looking to put things right after dominating much of the first leg, leading through Ante Rebić’s volley before Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty equaliser.

But with their away support prevented from travelling from Lombardy because of coronavirus-induced restrictions, Milan face a tough task building on their 1-1 home draw against a Juventus side licking their wounds after a midweek humbling.


Where to Watch on TV

When is Kick Off? Wednesday 4th March
What Time Is Kick Off? 19:45 (GMT)
Where Is It Played? Allianz Stadium
TV Channel/Live Stream? BT Sport 3


Team News

For Juventus, Merih Demiral has been sidelined since January after tearing his ACL and will miss the remainder of the season, whilst Adrien Rabiot is a doubt after bruising his heel in his side’s 1-0 midweek loss to Lyon. 

Gonzalo Higuaín played a part in Wednesday’s Champions League clash and will continue his reintegration into the team after a muscle injury, whilst Douglas Costa is also likely to be featured as he recovers from a hamstring problem, with his original return scheduled for Sunday’s cancelled fixture against Inter.

Goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma joined a long treatment list for Milan after hurting his ankle against Fiorentina, but he is nonetheless expected to feature after both he and Simon Kjær were cleared for contention. Defender Léo Duarte and midfielder Lucas Biglia remain in the treatment room due to long-term problems.Gianluigi DonnarummaWhat is just as concerning for Milan is their list of suspended players, with first team players Zlatan Ibrahimović, Samu Castillejo and Theo Hernández all absenct.


Predicted Lineups

Juventus Buffon; Sandro, Bonucci, De Ligt, Danilo; Matuidi, Pjanić, Ramsey; Ronaldo, Higuaín, Dybala.
Milan Donnarumma; Laxalt, Musacchio, Kjær, Calabria; Rebić, Bennacer, Kessié, Paquetá; Çalhanoğlu; Leão.

Head-to-Head Record

Wednesday’s match will be the 232nd instalment of one of Italy’s oldest rivalries, and Juventus have historically had the better of the encounters, with Milan last beating La Vecchia Signora in 2016.

The first leg draw against Juventus in early February was the first time in ten meetings that Milan have avoided defeat against the Turin club, a reflection of the differing fortunes of the two sides in recent years.

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Events may well conspire to produce another historic match if Inter overturn a 1-0 aggregate deficit against Napoli on Thursday, with either the iconic Derby della Madonnina between Inter and Milan on the cards, or the Derby d’Italia between Inter and Juventus, particularly spicy this year on account of the fierce title race between the two Italian sides.


Recent Form

Juventus have been far from convincing under Maurizio Sarri, and with the side’s ponderous midfield coming under fire during Wednesday’s humiliation at the hands of Lyon, and there is no guarantee that they would have won their since-cancelled game in hand at home to Inter to restore their Serie A lead over Lazio.

Things haven’t been much better for Milan though, who followed up a run of five wins in six games in January with a truly miserable February run – winning just once and blowing a 2-0 half time lead to bitter rivals Inter in the process.

Juventus AC Milan
Lyon 1-0 Juventus (26/02) Fiorentina 1-1 Milan (22/02)
SPAL 1-2 Juventus (22/02) Milan 1-0 Torino (17/02)
Juventus 2-0 Brescia (16/02) Milan 1-1 Juventus (13/02)
Milan 1-1 Juventus (13/02) Inter Milan 4-2 Milan (09/02)
Verona 2-1 Juventus (08/02) Milan 1-1 Verona (02/02)


Prediction

Maurizio Sarri

Milan were hard done by in the first leg, and it might just be that this sense of injustice combines with the functional problems which persist in Juventus’ 4-3-3 to hand them an unlikely aggregate victory.

Juventus’ lack of penetration may be their downfall, and Milan can hold out to scrape a draw on the night and try their luck in a penalty shootout against an unhappy side.

Prediction: Juventus 0-0 Milan (Milan win on penalties)


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