AC Milan - Juventus Preview: Injury-ravaged Rossoneri face reigning champions
Massimiliano Allegri has more than a few concerns ahead of this encounter with the Bianconeri, and given the visitors' record on the road this season, it is not going to be easy
By Craig Turnbull
De Sciglio, Yepes, Mexes, Constant
Montolivo, De Jong, Emanuelson
Boateng, El Shaarawy, Bojan
Barzagli, Bonucci, Caceres
Isla, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, Asamoah
AC Milan are expected to be without a number of key players for the clash against the league leaders as they look to recover from their disappointing start to the season.
A glance back at the team which lined-up when they met back in February tells its own story. A summer of upheaval at San Siro has done little to help the Rossoneri, who currently find themselves languishing in 12th place in Serie A.
Philippe Mexes is expected to be the only survivor in defence from that match nine months ago, with centre-back Thiago Silva now at Paris Saint-Germain and Daniele Bonera unavailable.
Defenders Ignazio Abate and Luca Antonini are sidelined which means young full-back Mattia De Sciglio and Guinean Kevin Constant continue at the back for Massimiliano Allegri's side.
Nigel de Jong is expected to play alongside Riccardo Montolivo and Urby Emanuelson in the centre of the park, while the hosts continue with Kevin-Prince Boateng, Stephan El Shaarawy and Bojan upfront.
Brazil striker Alexandre Pato, who is rumoured to be unhappy at the club, is a doubt for this match while Robinho is again expected to start on the bench.
Juventus head into the clash boosted by their dismantling of Champions League holders Chelsea. The Bianconeri are four points clear at the top of the Serie A table and have yet to lose on their travels this season.
Coach Antonio Conte has no real injury concerns either, and though Giorgio Chiellini picked up a knock against the Blues, he is expected to recover in time for Sunday's encounter.
Mauricio Isla could replace Stephan Lichtsteiner in a bid to freshen up the side, while Sebastian Giovinco, who scored against Chelsea as a substitute, may get the opportunity to start here.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- AC Milan lost six times already this season, this equals their total for the whole of the previous campaign.
- Kevin-Prince Boateng (pictured, right) has attempted 42 shots on goal this season but has yet to find the net. Incredibly, Stephan El Shaarawy has had the same amount of efforts and has netted 10 times.
- Milan have won three and lost four of their seven home games this term in Serie A.
- Juventus have been scoring for fun in recent weeks. In their last four matches they have struck 13 times.
- The Bianconeri have a very strong away record. From their six matches on the road they have won five and drawn one while are also the joint-highest goalscorers away from home with 16.
- Juve are unbeaten in their last three trips to the San Siro.
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Top 3 Predictions
Milan 2-1 Juventus
- 18.87 %
Milan 0-2 Juventus
- 18.63 %
Milan 1-2 Juventus
- 9.2 %
|Italy - Serie A (SR-A)||Mar 2, 2014||Milan 0 - Juventus 2|
|Italy - Serie A (SR-A)||Oct 6, 2013||Juventus 3 - Milan 2|
|Italy - Serie A (SR-A)||Apr 21, 2013||Juventus 1 - Milan 0|
|Italy - Coppa Italia (ITAC)||Jan 9, 2013||Juventus 2 - Milan 1|
|Italy - Serie A (SR-A)||Nov 25, 2012||Milan 1 - Juventus 0|
|Mar 8, 2014||Udinese 1 - Milan 0||SR-A|
|Mar 2, 2014||Milan 0 - Juventus 2||SR-A|
|Feb 23, 2014||Sampdoria 0 - Milan 2||SR-A|
|Feb 19, 2014||Milan 0 - Atletico Madrid 1||UCL|
|Feb 14, 2014||Milan 1 - Bologna 0||SR-A|
|2||Mattia De Sciglio||Defender|
|34||Nigel De Jong||Midfielder|
|92||Stephan El Shaarawy||Striker|
|11||Paolo De Ceglie||Defender|
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