AC Milan V Juventus Coppa Italia semi-final first leg Preview

Thursday, February 13th, 2020 12:15pm

By Josh O’Brien @JoshJohnOBrien1

Both sides will be looking to avenge defeats in their last outings as the two Italian giants meet at The San Siro in the Coppa Italia Semi-Final first leg.

AC Milan have had a dire season in Serie A thus far- the Rossoneri sit in 10th on 32 points. Juve, on the other hand are well and truly in the title race. Maurizio Sarri is hardly the apple of anyone’s eye in Turin, yet his side are level on points with league leaders Inter on 52 points.

The Coppa Italia has already sprung some surprises at the last four stage; Inter fell to a 1-0 defeat at home to Napoli in the first leg of their tie last night.

AC Milan go into this tie fresh off the back of a 4-2 derby defeat against Inter last weekend. As the pressure builds on AC manager Stéfano Pioli, the capitulation against Inter will do little to help his cause.

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Milan were 2-0 at half-time against Inter before a second half demolition job from Conte’s side saw Zlatan and Co. leave empty handed.

Juve also go into the tie off the back of their third defeat of the season, slipping to a 2-1 defeat against Verona after leading with 20 minutes to go.

The Old Lady have been hit and miss lately, losing twice in their last five fixtures.

The last five meetings between these two have made for grim viewing for AC Milan fans with Juventus running out winners in each of the last five clashes against the Rossoneri. The most recent tie saw Juve win 1-0 in a game that was more memorable for superstar Cristiano Ronaldo being substituted.

Team News:

AC Milan

Right-Back Andrea Conti is out of action tonight via suspension after accumulating too many yellow cards.

Léo Duarte is still recovering from ankle surgery and is not expected to return until March.

Midfield veteran Lucas Biglia is also unavailable for selection after picking up a knee injury.

Juventus

Douglas Costa remains on the sidelines for at least another fortnight with a reoccurring hamstring problem.

Club legend Gianluigi Buffon will take his place back in the sticks for Coppa Italia duty, as Sarri continues to rotate  Wojciech Szczesny and Buffon for League and Cup competitions respectively.

Danilo only returned to training last week, whether he is ready for competitive action of this magnitude remains to be seen.

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