AC Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic looks on as the Spezia players celebrate a goal from their teammate Emmanuel Gyasi during a Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Spezia, at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Monday, Jan.17, 2022. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
AC Milan welcome rivals Juventus to the San Siro on Sunday
The two sides played to a 1-1 stalemate earlier in the campaign
Find the odds, preview, and prediction below
Serie A matchday 23 brings a tantalizing fixture as AC Milan host Juventus at the San Siro on Sunday, January 23rd. The kick-off is scheduled for 2:45 PM EST.
Milan, who currently sit just two points behind league leaders Inter, are coming off a shocking 2-1 defeat to 15th place Spezia on Monday. As for Juve, they beat Udinese by two goals last weekend then hammered Sampdoria 4-1 in the Coppa Italia Round of 16 on Tuesday.
The reverse fixture saw these two sides play to a 1-1 draw in September in Turin, with Alvaro Morata’s early opener getting canceled out by an Ante Rebic equalizer late in the second half.
AC Milan vs Juventus Odds
AC Milan vs Juventus
MIL pk (-109) | JUV pk (-109)
MIL +170 | JUV +170 | DRAW +215
Ov 2.5 (-110) | Un 2.5 (-112)
All odds as of January 21st at Barstool
Milan Need to Respond After Defeat
AC Milan has been playing quality football this term, losing just four times in league play. They were also on an impressive run of four victories in a row before coming up against Spezia on Monday, where the visitors pulled off the unthinkable. Rafael Leao put the Rossoneri a goal to the good just before the halftime whistle, but Stefano Pioli’s side conceded an equalizer early in the second half.
While Milan absolutely hammered Spezia’s backline, the squad couldn’t find a winner if their lives depended on it. It certainly looked like the two sides would share the spoils and both take away a point until Emmanuel Gyasi broke Milan’s hearts with a goal at the absolute death of injury time.
A 122-year-old rivalry 🔙
A clash that speaks for itself ⚔️ #MilanJuve: we go to battle with fire in our eyes 🔥 #SempreMilan pic.twitter.com/6dV7QEh7uS
— AC Milan (@acmilan) January 21, 2022
Of their four losses in 2021/22, three of them have actually come on home soil, which is certainly not a great sign heading into this massive clash against Juve. However, Milan has gone unbeaten in three of their last four Serie A meetings with the Old Lady, winning twice and drawing once.
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Juve Trending Upwards
After a horrendous start to the campaign, Juventus are seriously improving. Despite still sitting in fifth place in the table, Max Allegri’s men are currently riding a 10-game unbeaten run across all competitions. In the process, they’ve bagged 21 goals and conceded just six times. A victory here could potentially put Juve into a Champions League spot, depending on the result between Atalanta and Lazio.
The Old Lady were absolutely clinical vs. Sampdoria in the Italian Cup earlier in the week, registering a total of 15 shots on target in a 4-1 victory. Four different players got on the scoresheet, with Alvaro Morata and Paulo Dybala both producing the goods. The strike duo has had a hand directly in 18 of the side’s 34 league goals this season and will undoubtedly play a crucial part in Sunday’s outcome.
#MilanJuve on the mind as the Bianconeri build up to Sunday at the San Siro 🧱
📸: https://t.co/xoBcKf2V9D pic.twitter.com/e0crNHoRHs
— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) January 20, 2022
Although Juventus is playing a whole lot better as of late, Milan will be their first legitimate test since playing Napoli earlier this month. Allegri’s squad have only lost once in their last five matches at the San Siro against Milan however, also winning three times and playing to a lone stalemate. Their 6-3-2 record away from Turin is also a huge positive heading into this encounter.
AC Milan vs Juventus Key Stats
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AC Milan vs Juventus Prediction
To be honest, there isn’t a lot separating these two sides right now. However, we’re going to focus on goals here.
The over has been hit in three of the last four meetings. Also, Milan has netted at least twice in five straight appearances, while Juve is having no problem finding the back of the net lately either. While both teams don’t exactly concede a ton, this is always a goal-filled fixture. Take the over.
Pick: Over 2.5 Goals (-110)