The biggest clash of the Serie A weekend will see two of the Peninsula’s proverbial footballing giants, Juventus and AC Milan take on one another in the Juventus Stadium. Juventus vs AC Milan Match Information, TV, Prediction, Team News
Juventus will clash with AC Milan in the Italian SuperCoppa 2016 match in Qatar this Friday night 23 December 2016 at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium. It’s a massive game in Italian football between the two usual heavyweights.
Juventus vs AC Milan Match Information, TV, Prediction, Team News
Juventus vs AC Milan Match Info
What : Italy- Super Cup
Who : Juventus vs AC Milan
Date & Time : Kick-off at 16:30 AM ( UK ); 23rd December, 2016
Venue : Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha ( Qatar )
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This match comes at a good time for Juventus, who have just made a decisive step towards what would be their sixth successive Serie A trophy, as the 1-0 triumph over AS Roma saw them increase their advantage at the league summit to seven points. Summer recruit Gonzalo Higuain again managed to net the winner, scoring yet another important goal to prove he has developed into one world’s leading strikers. Before they jet off to Christmas holidays, Juventus players will have to prove their worth in the Supercoppa Italiana clash against AC Milan and it is hardly surprising the Turin outfit have been made strong favourites to fit the trophy. Prior to the 1-0 defeat back in October, Juventus had won nine straight competitive matches against the Rossoneri and this gives them confidence heading into the Friday’s clash. The good news it that chief playmaker Miralem Pjanic has recovered from a minor injury and he will again be expected to make the different in the final third, together with Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala. The Bianconeri have now four successive matches on all fronts and they look a good bet to make it five on the bounce.
Miralem Pjanic has declared himself fit for the AC Milan match, whereas Andrea Barzagli and Marko Pjaca have made the trip as well.
However, the likes of Leonardo Bonucci, Danial Alves and Rolando Mandragora continue to miss out injury.
It was AC Milan who were the best team in Italian Serie A before the Juventus resurgence, lifting the 2010/11 league title before finished four points behind the Bianconeri the following season. However, the Rossoneri have since struggled to mount a serious to 3 challenge, let alone join the title chase, but there have been sings of promise since Vincenzo Montella arrived to the club. AC Milan enjoyed a pretty impressive start to the current campaign, climbing to third in the overall standings, although they have now slipped to fifth having taken just one point from games against AS Roma and Atalanta. It is, therefore, clear that the Rossoneri will have to step up their game when they meet arguably Italy’s strongest side, although the 2-1 triumph over Juventus in the current Serie A campaign can show them the way. Ac Milan encountered numerous problems as they attempted to reach Doha, with their flight from London having been delayed and it remains to be seen whether the late arrival will have any effect on their performance. The Rossoneri are aware this is a unique change to fianaly lift a domestic trophy, and there are no doubts they will be very motivated to see off Juventus on Friday’s afternoon.
Davide Calabria and Riccardo Montolivo continue to miss out, but there are noe fresh injury worries for head coach Vincenzo Montella.
Juventus ( 3-5-2 ): Buffon, Rugani, Barzagli, Chiellini, Cuadrado, Khedira, Marchisio, Pjanic, Sandro, Dybala, Higuain.
Bonucci ( hamstring ), Alves ( Fibula ), Mandragora ( foot ).
AC Mialn ( 4-3-3 ): Donnarumma, Abate, Paletta, Romagnoli, De Sciglio, Kucka, Locatelli, Bertolacci, Suso, Bacca, Bonavemtura.
Calabria ( ankle ).
Key Factor To Consider
1. AC Milan recorded a 2-1 win over Juventus in October
2. The Bianconeri had won previous nine competitive meetings
3. One goal was scored in five of their last seven meeting
4. AC Milan failed to score in two successive games
5. Juventus are on a four match winning run