There is no doubt what the biggest match of the weekend will be in Serie A and it’s the meeting between AC Milan and Juventus at the San Siro on Saturday evening.
This will be the first match of the weekend in the Italian top-flight and gives both teams the opportunity to make an early move in the league table.
A win for AC Milan will see them move up to 6th place in Serie and move Sampdoria out of the Europa League qualifying places. A victory for Juventus will see them move above Lazio into second place in the league, level on points with leaders Napoli.
So, there is all to play for in what is traditionally one of the best fixtures in the Italian football calendar.
AC Milan come into this match on the back of a very good 4-1 win at Chievo on Wednesday night. The pressure was on Vincenzo Montella and his players following a string of poor results and anything but a win could have signalled the end of the former Italian international’s reign at the San Siro.
The victory was AC Milan’s first in five games, having lost to Roma and Inter Milan in Serie A plus draws with Genoa in Serie A and AEK Athens in the Europa League. Considering the investment made in players over the summer, a run of results like this is unacceptable.
Trends show AC Milan have failed to win their last two home Serie A games and have failed to score a goal in either of those matches.
Juventus travel to Milan having rediscovered their form following dropped points against Atalanta and Lazio in Serie A.
Following the 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Lazio, Juventus defeated Sporting Lisbon at home in the Champions League, Udinese 6-2 away from home in Serie A and SPAL 4-1 at home in Serie A on Wednesday night.
The usually reliable and strong Juventus defence is not what it once was however, and trends show they have conceded in each of their last five matches in all competitions, which is not something you would have said last season.
While the defence has not been at its best this season, Juventus have scored an average of 3.1 goals in Serie A and have scored one or more goals in each of their last eighteen away games in Serie A.
Team news and Leonardo Bonucci will not be available to face his old team as he is suspended. The hosts are also without the injured duo of Andrea Conti and Giacomo Bonaventura.
Juventus travel to the San Siro without Benedikt Howedes, Blaise Matuidi, Medhi Benatia and Stefano Sturaro who are injured. Mario Mandzukic returns from suspension and should start the match.
Given the form of both teams defensively in Serie A, there should be goals in this match so expect to see both teams scoring and the possibility of over 2.5 goals. The Juventus attack seems to be functioning more efficiently than that of AC Milan, which could give them the edge in this game.