AC Milan will look to get back in the race for the Scudetto in a blockbuster Serie A game tonight against the in-form Juventus.
The Rossoneri are coming into this game with a shocking loss to Spezia at home. However, AC Milan were at the receiving end of some controversial refereeing.
The Nerazzurri took advantage of that as they are now five points clear of their city rivals. So, Milan will have to get three points if they wish to close the gap and keep the pressure on Inter.
They will welcome the Bianconeri who have found their form recently and are looking to get in the top 4.
Juventus are two points behind Atalanta and a win at San Siro will get them the 4th spot and closer to Napoli.
Allegri had a decent run with AC Milan before joining Juventus. He would be keen on his return to the San Siro with the objective of getting the three points.
Both the teams would like to go into the international break with a win, which makes this game even more special.
The match will take place at 8:45 PM in local time. It will be 7:45 PM if you live in England. If you live in the US, you can tune in at 2:45 PM and, 1:15 AM, Monday if you live in India.
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AC Milan vs Juventus: Team news and tactics
Stefan Pioli is yet to beat the Bianconeri manager and he would be coming into this game with a number of absentees.
He will miss his defenders, Fikayo Tomori and Simon Kjaer as both of them are injured. Moreover, Franck Kessie and Fode Ballo-Toure are out playing in the Africa Cup of Nations.
However, Milan have a strong squad despite the number of players missing. Alessio Romagnoli, Davide Calabria, and Ismael Bennacer can feature in the starting 11.
Sandro Tonali is also back after serving his suspension and will be pivotal for Milan in the absence of Kessie.
AC Milan will depend on Rafael Leao and Zlatan to make a difference. While Theo Hernandez can cause Juventus some problems. The French left back has 5 assists in Serie A this season.
The Bianconeri boss will miss Bonucci and Ramsey, but he has a complete squad to his disposal otherwise.
The Old Lady have picked up some form recently and will come with their big guns at the San Siro.
De Ligt and Chiellini form a pair in the absence of Bonucci. Luca Pellegrini and Mattia De Sciglio will complete the back four.
Locatelli and Rabiot are expected to form a double pivot with Weston McKennie and Juan Cuadrado on either flank.
They will rely on Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata for goals as the duo have scored 12 goals for them in this season.
Paulo Dybala will hold the key for Juventus
The Argentine has been terrific for Juventus despite his injuries. He is Bianconeri’s top scorer in Serie A with 7 goals and has provided the most assists as well (3). He sealed the victory against Sampdoria after coming from the bench.
With the absence of Chiesa, Dybala will have lots of responsibility on his shoulders as he is expected to link the midfield with attack. Moreover, he has been directly involved in 12 goals against the Rossoneri.