Preview: Juventus - AC Milan
The Turin side hold all the cards going into the return fixture set in Juventus Stadium after a 2-1 first leg victory at San Siro back in early February
By Adam Scime
Caceres, Bonucci, Chiellini
L'steiner, Padoin, Pirlo, Marchisio, De Ceglie
Borriello, Del Piero
Bonera, Mexes, Thiago Silva, Antonini
Aquilani, Van Bommel, Nocerino
Ibrahimovic, El Shaarawy
Juventus has one foot in the Coppa Italia final after a 2-1 win at San Siro in the first leg and should be full of confidence after its convincing 5-0 triumph over Fiorentina in Serie A.
Coach Antonio Conte looks set to go back to a 3-5-2 formation with Giorgio Chiellini recovering from injury to lineup alongside Leonardo Bonucci and Martin Caceres, who scored both goals for the Old Lady in the first leg, while Andrea Barzagli is still nursing a calf injury. Meanwhile Stephan Lichtsteiner, suspended for the club's next Serie A match versus Inter, and Paolo De Ceglie are pushed up into midfield.
Bianconeri talisman Alessandro Del Piero is in contention for a place in the starting XI as striker Marco Borriello, playmaker Andrea Pirlo and goalkeeper Marco Storari are almost certain to face their former team from the starting whistle.
Needing to overturn the aggregate deficit, Rossoneri boss Massimiliano Allegri welcomes back center back Philippe Mexes while veterans Clarence Seedorf and Gennaro Gattuso could also make appearances at some point. However, although defender Alessandro Nesta and attacking midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng are back in training, neither is likely to participate on Tuesday.
Italy international Alberto Aquilani, who has made three substitute appearances in a row for the club, should be handed a first XI berth against his former teammates while Robinho, Stephan El Shaarawy and Maxi Lopez are all vying for a spot in attack alongside star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- Juventus' 5-0 win over Fiorentina on the weekend ended a run of four consecutive draws in the league.
- The Bianconeri are tied with Roma for the most Coppa Italia trophies (nine), but have not won the competition since 1995.
- Del Piero's only goal this season has come in the Coppa Italia, during the quarterfinal win over Roma
- AC Milan was the last side in this fixture to score three goals in a single match, when it won 3-0 back in May 2010.
- Aquilani, now on loan at Milan from Liverpool, played on loan at Juventus last season, making 34 appearances for the Turin club.
- In three competitive meetings this season, Allegri's side has failed to defeat Juventus, drawing one and losing two so far.
Top 3 Predictions
Juventus 0-2 Milan
- 20.57 %
Juventus 2-0 Milan
- 17.05 %
Juventus 2-1 Milan
- 10.28 %
|Serie A (ITA1)||Apr 21, 2013||Juventus 1 - Milan 0|
|Italy - Coppa Italia (ITAC)||Jan 9, 2013||Juventus 2 - Milan 1|
|Serie A (ITA1)||Nov 25, 2012||Milan 1 - Juventus 0|
|Italy - Coppa Italia (ITAC)||Mar 20, 2012||Juventus 2 - Milan 2|
|Serie A (ITA1)||Feb 25, 2012||Milan 1 - Juventus 1|
|May 18, 2013||Sampdoria 3 - Juventus 2||ITA1|
|May 11, 2013||Juventus 1 - Cagliari 1||ITA1|
|May 8, 2013||Atalanta 0 - Juventus 1||ITA1|
|May 5, 2013||Juventus 1 - Palermo 0||ITA1|
|Apr 28, 2013||Torino 0 - Juventus 2||ITA1|
|11||Paolo De Ceglie||Defender|
|7||Alessandro Del Piero||Striker|
|4||Sulley Ali Muntari||Midfielder|
|92||Stephan El Shaarawy||Midfielder|
|76||Mario Alberto Yepes||Defender|
|8||Gennaro Ivan Gattuso||Midfielder|
Live Final scheduled Suspended Cancelled Postponed