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Friday, September 19, 2014

AC Milan vs Juventus Italian Serie A 20-09-2014

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AC Milan vs Juventus - Competition: Italian Serie A
Match date: 20 September 2014
Kick Off Time: 19:45 BST - 18:45 GMT
Venue: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan
 
AC Milan have drawn praise for their start to the season. Firing on all cylinders with 8 goals in just 2 games, they now sit atop the Italian Serie A in 1st place. The start to the season is in stark contrast to that of last term, when the Rossoneri accumulated a paltry 19 points in the first half of the year. They went on to enjoy a much-improved second half however, finishing with 57 points and a top half of the table finish (8th). But surprisingly, it wasn’t enough for former player Clarence Seedorf to keep his job, and the experiment ended when they terminated his contract in June 2014. But in steps Filippo Inzaghi, also a former Milan player, who moved quickly in the transfer window to secure some strong signings. Adil Rami, Pablo Ramero, and Nigel de Jong were brought in to sure up the defensive side of the ball, while Marco van Ginkel, Fernando Torres, and Jeremy Menez were added to a much-improved attack. Menez netted a brace last time out, and it appears the Rossoneri are once again on the up. However, they aren’t at Juventus’ standard yet, and a draw at home would likely be taken gladly by Inzaghi and his men, especially considering they look set to be without last match’s starting centre-back duo Alex (injury) and Daniele Mendez (suspension) as well as starting goalkeeper Diego Lopez.
Juventus team enter the third matchweek in an unfamiliar 2nd place spot. But that is only due to point differential and they will look to make a strong statement to Milan that they are no longer the top dogs in Serie A. While they haven’t looked overly impressive in their start to the season, they’ve still managed to win all 3 of their competitive matches while shutting out every opponent. They now have 7 straight clean sheets in all competitions dating back to last season, but that streak will come under fire here against the new-look Rossoneri who have scored 8 goals in 2 contests. Furthermore, the visitors will still be without their top defender in Giorgio Chiellini due to suspension, and both Arturo Vidal and Andrea Pirlo are questionable for this match. However, the former looks set to give it a go and will face a late fitness test, and his presence would be a critical boon for the Old Lady. Over the midweek, Juventus dispatched Malmo FF in Champions League action, seeing Carlos Tevez net both goals in a 2:0 victory. That performance will lend the Argentinian a big confidence boost headed into the weekend, and that could spell trouble for a potentially absent-riddled defence for the hosts.

Probable lineups:
AC Milan: Abbiati – Abate, Rami, Zapata, de Sciglio – Poli, de Jong, Muntari – Honda, Menez, Bonaventura
Juventus: Buffon – Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini – Lichtsteiner, Pogba, Marchisio, Pereyra, Asamoah – Llorente, Tevez.

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]








 

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