Date: 6 April 2019
Time: 18.00 Rome, 12.00 PM Eastern, 16.00 UTC
Venue: Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy
Previous Result: 11 November 2018: Milan 0-2 Juventus
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Milan travel to Juventus and take on the Serie A leaders in a bit of a bad turn of form. After losing to Inter Milan in the Derby della Madonnina, Milan have lost to Sampdoria and drawn at home against relegation-threatened Udinese. Not exactly the run-up to the Juventus match that Milan fans would have liked to see.
Gonzalo Higuain’s short stay at Milan will probably be best remembered for his performance against Juve in the reverse fixture, as he missed a penalty before getting a yellow for a poor tackle and then a red card after getting a second yellow for dissent arguing about his foul. Not a great look for the Argentine, and the fall-out from the defeat probably helped him leave the club in the winter transfer window for Chelsea.
Probable lineup vs. Juventus (4-3-3):— Milan Eye (@MilanEye) April 5, 2019
Reina; Calabria, Musacchio, Romagnoli, Rodríguez; Kessie, Bakayoko, Çalhanoglu; Suso, Piatek, Borini [Sky]
And because life isn’t fair, Milan will take on Juventus without Lucas Paquetà and Gigio Donnarumma. Pepe Reina is still a pretty solid and experienced backup, but in the absence of the Brazil international, Gennaro Gattuso might start Fabio Borini on the left wing. That means that Hakan Calhanoglu will move to the midfield, in a position that he’s rarely played in Serie A and hasn’t looked good at when he has played. Borini works hard and never stops running, but it’s a significant drop off in talent to go from Paquetà to Borini.
At least the rumored lineup has Franck Kessie returning to the starting XI, as Milan’s midfield has looked disjointed with Lucas Biglia back starting and moving Tiémoué Bakayoko out of the defensive midfielder role.
Make no mistake, even with Cristiano Ronaldo, this Juventus team will still be extremely hard to beat, meaning that if Milan want to walk away with any kind of result, they will have to be both good and lucky. Hopefully the luck that went against them over the past few will have changed for the good today.