Juventus have defeated Milan in nine straight bouts in all competitions, six of them played in Turin, one in Jeddah (Italian Supercup) and two in San Siro. The Old Lady has taken home seven of the last ten encounters played here, with just two wins for the Rossoneri. The last face-off back in November at the Allianz Stadium ended in a one-nil W for the Madama, however the Devil have changed a lot in the meantime.
Despite the recent dominance, Juventus are coming off two straight away losses, against Napoli and Verona and have dropped four of the past seven road tilts, taking in consideration the late December Supercup versus Lazio. In the other two, they nipped Sampdoria and Roma with underwhelming efforts, so they have been subpar for a while. Milan’s undefeated streak came to an end in the Derby after five rounds and they have lost just twice in the last two matches, the other L coming versus another quality team such as Atalanta. However, they have not exactly lit it up at home, prevailing just three times in 11 tries in Serie A play, but they can add to that two wins in this competition, versus SPAL and Torino.
Therefore, neither team approaches this fixture in great form and the fact that that it is a two-legged contest obviously need to be taken into consideration. The Rossoneri will have more pressure given that Juventus have been almost automatic at home, so they need an advantage going into the return match. On the other hand, the Bianconeri will want to bounce back after some poor efforts and so could be properly motivated as well. Cup games are usually more open-ended and less tight compared to League games, so there might be more goals than usual.
Four of the last Milan home matches have ended in a tie and a similar result could be in the cards here: the predicted score is 2-2.
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