Mi­lan Welcome Wounded Juve to San Siro

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Ju­ven­tus visit Sta­dio Giuseppe Meazza to lock horns with AC Mi­lan for their Ital­ian Serie A en­counter this evening. Mas­si­m­il­iano Al­le­gri’s men will be look­ing to bounce back from their Cham­pi­ons League de­feat to Manch­ester United when they clash with the Ros­soneri.

The loss against the Red Devils last Wed­nes­day ended their un­beaten run this sea­son and halted their three-game win­ning streak.

They sit on the sum­mit of the Serie A ta­ble with 31 points from 11 games and have won 10 of their pre­vi­ous 11 league meet­ings with their hosts.

Gen­naro Gat­tuso’s men have been im­pres­sive lately, win­ning their last three league games be­fore forc­ing Real Betis to a 1-1 stale­mate in last Thurs­day’s Europa League game in Seville.

This is Juve’s best start to a sea­son ob­tain­ing 31 points in the first 11 games of the cham­pi­onship.

La Vec­chia Sig­nora have the long­est over­all un­beaten streak (15 games), as well as away from home (18 matches). Ju­ven­tus is also the only team still un­beaten on the road in the five ma­jor Eu­ro­pean leagues in the cal­en­dar year of 2018 (12 wins and three draws).

The match is char­ac­terised by play­ers fac­ing their for­mer team. Mat­tia De Sciglio grew up in the youth sec­tor of Mi­lan, go­ing on to play 110 Serie A games be­tween 2012 and 2017, be­fore mov­ing on to Ju­ven­tus.

Leonardo Bonucci, played a to­tal 51 matches in the Mi­lan shirt last year, scor­ing two goals, one of which was against Juve.

Gon­zalo Higuaín (40 goals in 73 league games for Ju­ven­tus), made the move to the San Siro in the summer, as well as Mat­tia Cal­dara.

Juve man­ager Max Al­le­gri coached Mi­lan from 2010 to Jan­uary 2014, man­ag­ing 133 games in Serie A, av­er­ag­ing 1.92 points per game and win­ning one Scud­etto.

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