AC Milan v Juventus – Stadio Olimpico at 19:45 live on Sky Sports 2
It’s the Coppa Italia final this weekend and both Italian teams head into this match having had different seasons. AC Milan will be looking for the win to qualify for the Europa League, while Juventus will want to complete the double and retain their cup at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday.
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AC Milan’s current record stands at having won one of their last five and two of their last ten in all competitions, as well as finishing the season seventh in Serie A.
Christian Brocchi’s last game in charge ended in a 3-1 defeat at home to AS Roma; Carlos Bacca scoring a consolation in the 86th minute.
Away from home, the Red and Blacks have only won four of their last ten in all competitions, and in their last five matches have scored four and conceded four.
Their last away fixture finished in a 1-0 win against Bologna; Bacca once again scoring for the visitors against ten-men.
Three players, who are all defenders, sit out injured for Brocchi’s side, but Ignazio Abate may make a return this weekend.
In the Coppa Italia, AC Milan have had the easier run-in, beating the likes of Carpi and Sampdoria, before thrashing Alessandria 6-0 in the semi-finals over two legs. The Milan club have only won the cup five times in their history, with their last win being back in 2002-03.
Juventus meanwhile, head into this match having won eight of their last ten in all competitions, losing two, and finished the season top of Serie A for a fifth consecutive season.
Massimiliano Allegri’s last game of the season ended in a 5-0 win at home to Sampdoria; Paulo Dybala setting up the first before scoring a brace.
On the road, Juventus have lost two of their last five scoring 11 and conceding nine, but in their last 20 games have only lost four in all competitions.
Allegri’s last away fixture finished in a 2-1 defeat to Hellas Verona; Dybala scoring in the 90th minute with Alex Sandro being sent off.
Three players sit out injured for the champions, including Claudio Marchisio and Sami Khedira. Leonardo Bonucci is suspended.
The Old Lady are the current holders of the Coppa Italia having beaten Lazio 2-1 in the final last season. They have lifted this cup ten times, and this season had to beat the likes of Torino, Lazio, and Inter Milan in the semi-finals 5-3 over two legs to reach this stage.
The last time these two sides faced each other, Allegri’s team won 2-1 at the San Siro; Paul Pogba scoring the winner. In fact, AC Milan have only won one of their last ten meetings against the reigning champions; Juventus winning four of their last five.
Furthermore, the last time these teams met in a Coppa Italia final was in 1989/90 and The Old Lady won 1-0 over two legs.
This should be a great game. AC Milan will be desperate for European football, while Juventus will want to retain the cup for another season. I just think the quality of Juve will shine through.
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