Massimilano Allegri was boosted by Milan's win in Europe in midweek but Adam Bate expects that to count for little when in-form league leaders arrive at San SiroJuventus resume the defence of their Serie A crown after ending Roberto Di Matteo’s reign as Chelsea manager with an emphatic 3-0 win over the European champions on Tuesday.
The Bianconeri travel to Milan on Sunday to take on the team they deposed as champions of Italy and will start as heavy favourites at San Siro.
Juve have won 10 of their 13 league games this season and their form is in stark contrast to a stuttering Milan side that finds itself in turmoil languishing in the bottom half of the table.
Juventus are 13/10 (2.30) favourites with Marathon Bet.
The Rossoneri did at least have a morale-boosting win at Anderlecht on Wednesday with Philippe Mexes stealing the show thanks to a sensational overhead kick.
With their place in the last 16 of the Champions League now secure, it may be time to expect an upturn in league fortunes as they focus on domestic matters until the spring.
The visit of the champions certainly represents an excellent opportunity to assert themselves. Milan are 12/5 (3.40) underdogs with Marathon Bet to claim three points here. The draw is available at 47/20 (3.35). But the best bet is to back Juventus at 13/10 (2.30).
Milan may have home advantage but history suggests that is no stumbling block for Antonio Conte’s men – they have not lost away since May 2011.
In terms of other bets, there are some great options relating to the champions. They are available at 77/100 (1.77) to score in the second half of this game and, if previous encounters are anything to go by, then, this suggests that it is highly likely to happen.
Juve have scored after the break in 10 of their 13 Serie A matches this season and that looks great value.
But for better returns, it is important not to be fooled by the famous Milan name here. The gulf in quality between these two teams means it makes sense to back the visitors to get the job done.
They have the class - and the star names, including ex-Milan man Andrea Pirlo - and have had that extra day of rest. Back Juventus to win both halves of this one at a chunky 31/5 (7.20) with Marathon Bet.
|Juventus to win at 13/10 (2.30) with Marathon
||Juve to win both halves at 31/5 (7.20) with Marathon|
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