Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Juventus vs Milan Coppa Italia - January 25, 2017

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Juventus vs AC Milan - Competition: Coppa Italia
Date: Wednesday, January 25 2017
Kick-off Time: 19:45 GMT - 8:45 PM
Venue: Juventus Stadium, Turin, Italy 
Juventus team have returned to the winning ways beating Lazio (2-0 on Sunday) after a disappointing away day at Fiorentina and a 2-1 loss seven days before. The Bianconeri have been absolutely phenomenal at their own turf as they have an amazing streak of 27 consecutive home win in Italian Serie A. The Old Lady only hold a one-point advantage over Roma in the league - although they have one game in hand - and they arrive mat this stage of TIM Cup 2016-17 after a 3-2 home win with Atalanta.
Gonzalo Higuain could be rested for this clash, meaning that Mario Mandzukic could join Paulo Dybala up front since Marko Pjaca is not 100% fit. Hernanes is likely to feature from the off, with Miralem Pjanic making room in the number 10 role. New signing Tomas Rincon will probably join the Brazilian in the middle of the park while Daniele Rugani should form the three-man backline with Giorgio Chiellini and Leaonardo Bonucci. Centre-back Benatia will not feature due to him being away on the AFCON with Morocco while Dani Alves is still out through injury.
AC Milan team enter this match on the back of a 1-2 home defeat at the hands of Napoli last Saturday. The Rossoneri currently sit 7th in the league standings and trail Juventus by 11 point, with both teams having one game in hand. Vincenzo Montella's men came out on top on penalties when they met Juve in Doha last month, as they battled it out for the Supercoppa Italiana. Furthermore, the Rossoneri won their last Italian Serie A clash at San Siro back in October while last year's Coppa Italia final (won by Juv) went to extra time.
New signing Gerard Delofeu - on loan from Everton - is expected to make the bench. Talented midfielder Manuel Locatelli returns from suspension and he is expected to start alongside Mario Pasalic and Giacomo Bonaventura. Gianluca Lapadula and Carlos Bacca are in contention to spearhead the attack, with the former slightly favourite over the Colombian striker. Mbaye Niang is likely to leave the club before the transfer market deadline and will not feature. Riccardo Montolivo remain sidelined due to a cruciate ligament injury..
Probable lineups:
Juventus: Neto – Alves, Barzagli, Rugani, Alex Sandro – Sturaro, Rincon, Marchisio – Hernanes – Mandzukic, Dybala.
AC Milan: Donnarumma – Calabria, Romagnoli, Gomez, Antonelli – Bertolacci, Locatelli, Bonaventura – Suso, Lapadula, Niang.

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