Following the loss against Lazio at the San Siro last weekend, AC Milan’s crisis has gone from bad to worse. Furthermore, things aren’t expected to get much better this time out as the Rossoneri will take on Juventus at the Allianz Stadium.
Eleven rounds into the season and Stefano Pioli’s men have only won four games. Therefore, they are in desperate need of three points to at least try to turn the situation around. However, as mentioned, the chances of getting a win away at Juve, let alone a draw, are very slim indeed.
After kicking off his Milan adventure with four disappointing games, Pioli knows that something quite drastic needs to be done, as his initial ideas have proved to be subpar. According to Gazzetta Dello Sport, a change in formation is on the cards, switching to a three-man defence with a 3-4-2-1 system.
This will allow the manager to place Rodriguez at the bench, which should offer more stability on the left flank in the defensive phase. Furthermore, Hernandez will have even more freedom to burst forward, playing as one of the flanks in the four-man midfield. In other words, the formation makes sense.
Bennacer and Krunic are expected to form the midfield tandem, as Kessie has been excluded from the squad due to ‘poor behaviour’, while Paqueta should be on the bench. Conti will complete the department to the right, playing in the same position which made him so successful during his Atalanta days.
No changes are expected up front, as the classic trio of Suso, Piatek and Calhanoglu are the favourites to start. As a result of the formation change, the Spaniard and the Turk will be playing slightly behind the main man, which hopefully can have a good effect on tomorrow’s clash.
AC Milan (3-4-2-1): Donnarumma; Duarte, Romagnoli, Rodriguez; Conti, Bennacer, Krunic, Hernandez; Suso, Calhanoglu; Piatek.
Juventus (4-3-1-2): Szczesny; Cuadrado, Bonucci, de Lugt, Alex Sandro; Bentancur, Pjanic, Matuidi; Bernardeschi; Higuain, Ronaldo.
As most of you could’ve guessed, Milan are certainly not the favourites to win this game. For many years now, Juventus have been the better side during the encounters, especially when playing at home. Therefore, the stats are certainly not in the Rossoneri’s favour. Take a look at the top five stats and facts below.
- Juventus have won all of their home Serie A encounters against AC Milan since they started playing at the Juventus Stadium: eight wins, with 17 goals in total (2.1 on average).
- AC Milan are currently 11th in the Serie A table, their lowest placing after the opening 11 games of a Serie A season (since 3 points have been awarded for a win).
- AC Milan have lost three of their first five top-flight encounters away from home this season (W2), as many defeats as in their previous 14 away games in the competition
- No side have gained more points thanks to goals scored in the last 30 minutes of play in Serie A 2019/20 than Juventus (also Atalanta). In contrast, AC Milan have lost more points in the same period than any other side (seven).
- Krzysztof Piatek has scored three goals with his first 30 shots with AC Milan in the Serie A this season, after 30 shots last season with Genoa in the competition he had already netted nine goals.
For Pioli’s side, it will be a very difficult game. Even if they were in good form, I wouldn’t have predicted a win, which says a lot about tomorrow’s game. Realistically, Juventus should have no issues beating the Rossoneri, while the latter will have to work hard in order to avoid a big loss.
Juventus 3-1 AC Milan
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