Can Rossoneri end their negative run against Juve?

Rossoneri will host first-placed Juventus on Saturday night and try to break their negative run against them (stretching from 2012).

Rossoneri will host first placed Juventus at Guiseppe Meazza on Saturday night. Montella’s team want to continue their good form, four victories and one draw in last five matches. In last round they defeated Chievo 3-1 in Verona and broke their negative record in Verona (winless since 2013.) Rossoneri are in good form a mostly thanks to Carlos Bacca, who scored six goals in eight matches,Mbaye Niang (three goals and two assists) and their coach Vicenzo Montella.

” Rosonerri have a good season with the young players – who will certainly be the future of the Italian national team – playing really well. Now, led by a great coach, they must grow” – said Juve coach Allegri.  ” It will be a tough match against a strong opponent, but we want to make a good impression. Key match ? No, I think the true challenge will be on Tuesday against Genoa.” – referred Montella about match.

The Colombian international Carlos Bacca referred about his scoring obsession: ” If an attacking player does not score then he’s a full-back. If you play a good game then nobody notices except the Coach, the fans or statistics don’t pay attention to this. At the end of a season if a striker plays 15 good games this is not discussed, but rather how many goals he has scored.”

The midfielder Andrea Poli surpassed 100 appearances for the club and said about Montella: ” I played with Montella at Samp, he was a really strong player and a great striker. He was a great professional, and focused on the details. It’s strange to have him as a manager, but he surely was one of the strongest strikers in Italy.”

The young prospect Gianluigi Donnarumma will sign a contract extension with Milan in January, tying him down until 2022 and his salary will be bumped to €3m per season. Keisuke Honda returned from national break with an ankle problem, but he trained well and now is fit.

 

Bianconeri recorded an important away win 1-0 against Lyon in CL on Tuesday. They are coming to Milano in good form, four victories in last four matches in Serie A. Juventus head coach referred about match against Milan: ” Milan vs Juventus is always a massive match. We know that they’re dangerous on the counter-attack with the likes of M’Baye Niang and Suso down the wings and that’s something we need to be prepared for. Furthermore, in Carlos Bacca they’ve a striker who’s very good at exploiting any space afforded to him in the final third.”

Of all the players recovering from injury, Mario Mandzukic is the only one who might feature, Pjaca isn’t available, Marchisio will be called up to the squad, while Rugani is still doubtful. Allegri also said: ” Tomorrow in defence I’ll go with Medhi Benatia, Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci and Patrice Evra. Juan would normally deserve to be starting matches, but at this moment in time I need players with his skillset to make an impact off the bench, because he’s the only one with his characteristics apart from Pjaca, who is out injured.

Up front, Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala are working well together, but let’s not forget that Mandzukic has also played some good games and I hope he’ll also be available for selection tomorrow as he’s an important player for us this season.”

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Match Facts:

  • Juventus have won each of their last seven league encounters against AC Milan, three of which were played in the San Siro.
  • The Rossoneri have never lost four consecutive home league meetings against the Old Lady.
  • The last time that AC Milan picked up 16+ points after the opening eight Serie A match-days was in 2010/11: on that occasion they had 19 points and they won the Scudetto. They also met Juventus at home on MD9 on that occasion (they lost 1-2).
  • The Rossoneri have won their last two league games at home (vs Lazio and Sassuolo). They haven’t won three consecutive home Serie A fixtures, in the same season, since May 2014.
  • Juventus have won 18 of their last 20 Serie A games (L2), scoring at least one goal in each of these 20 fixtures.
  • Massimiliano Allegri’s side have conceded the joint-fewest goals in this Serie A campaign (5) along with Genoa (the Rossoblu have played one fewer game though).
  • Juventus have scored a league-high eight first-half goals, while only Roma (13) have netted more goals than AC Milan in the second half of play (11).

Date: 22 October 2016

Venue: Guiseppe Meazza, Milano

Referee: Nicola Rizzoli

Sofascore.com

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