Here is our Juventus v AC Milan Preview for this weekends match.

Juventus have a great opportunity to heap further pressure on a struggling AC Milan side this weekend. Victory for the hosts would leave Milan eleven points adrift which is a lot of ground to make up, even at this early stage of the season.

Recent Form

Juventus will be hoping to have striker Carlos Tevez fit after he was declared doubtful for Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Galatasaray in Turin. The former Manchester United and Manchester City striker picked up an ankle injury in Sunday’s one-goal derby victory over Torino.

The Argentinian needed several stitches to his right ankle after clashing with Ciro Immobile. The controversial striker has been Juve’s leading goal scorer this season along with Arturo Vidal but considers himself lucky not to have broken in ankle from the hefty challenge. A goal from Paul Pogba was sufficient to secure all three points, continuing an undefeated run against Torino that dates back to 1995.

Although it was only a narrow victory, Juventus always held the upper hand and opportunities came and went for Sebastian Giovinco and Claudio Marchisio. They had to wait until the 54th minute to make the breakthrough, Tevez heading against the bar from barely a yard out with Pogba nodding home the rebound.

A goal from Valter Birsa provided AC Milan with a desperately needed victory over Sampdoria. It was only the second Serie A win of the season for Milan having slumped to a 2-1 defeat against Napoli at the San Siro. Anything less than victory against a winless Sampdoria side would certainly have increased the pressure on Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri. A win at Juventus would go a long way to kick-starting the season for the Rossoneri.

Head to Head

There has been nothing between the sides in recent meetings with five victories each and five drawn games in their last fifteen meetings.

Other Considerations

The key man for Milan this season could be Mario Balotelli who has scored four goals despite their moderate form. The 23-year-old Italian international was forced to miss the last two Serie A matches through suspension but was back in the squad for the midweek Champions League fixture in Amsterdam. Balotelli incurred the suspension for insulting the referee during the Napoli game and has also been receiving treatment for a knee problem.

Milan started their Champions League campaign with a 2-0 victory over Celtic but also have two clashes with Barcelona ahead of them. The return from injury of striker Stephan El Shaarawy and midfielder Riccardo Montolivo will also help to give Allegri more options for the Juventus game. Balotelli and Tevez often made the headlines for the wrong reasons when team-mates in Manchester and it will be fascinating to see them line up in opposition.

Conclusion

This is a really hard match to call, but we think that a Juventus victory looks the most likely result.