Italian SuperCup: Juventus vs AC Milan preview


Italian Champions Juventus face AC Milan in the Italian SuperCup on Friday in a match that will be played in Doha as Italian football is trying to gain more international appeal and sponsorships from the Arab world. The two teams have already met once in the Serie A this season and AC Milan confirmed their growth with a 1-0 victory over league leaders and favourites Juventus. However, Juve have won five of the last six direct matches, including last season's Italian Cup final.

Juventus are on track, they are leading the Serie A table quite comfortably ahead of the winter break and they seem set to win yet another title. They are on a four-match winning streak in all competitions, including last week's 1-0 Serie A victory over second-placed AS Roma. Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves are injured, but head coach Massimiliano Allegri has plenty of top-class players to choose from.

AC Milan are doing well this season, their target is to finish third in the Serie A and they are just one point away from that placement at the moment. They are not going through a great moment right now as they won just two of their last five league matches. Moreover, their flight to Doha was delayed due to technical reasons so the players will have little time to adjust before the match. Riccardo Montolivo, Davide Calabria and Matias Fernandez are injured.

Probable line-ups:

Juventus: Buffon - Barzagli, Rugani, Chiellini, Sandro - Khedira, Marchisio, Sturaro - Pjanic - Dybala, Higuain

Milan: Donnarumma - Abate, Romagnoli, Paletta, De Sciglio - Kucka, Locatelli, Bertolacci - Suso, Bacca, Bonaventura

My prediction: Juventus to win 1-0.

Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:

Juventus win - 1.62
Draw - 3.80
Milan win - 6.00

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