After easing the burden off Juventus by beating second-placed Lazio 3-0 away from home on Saturday, AC Milan will now host the league leaders on Tuesday looking to extend their excellent form. You can watch the mouthwatering contest live.
Juventus, on the other hand, further cemented their title hopes by beating city rivals Torino 4-1 at home as Maurizio Sarri’s men kept their winning march on.
Where they stand in the Serie A table
A rejuvenated Milan side has given their campaign a fresh start since June with victories against Lecce, Roma and Lazio, before they were stopped 2-2 by SPAL. However, the seventh-placed side has since bounced back with a win over Lazio.
Enjoying a 100 per cent record since returning to the league, Juventus have won seven straight games in the Serie A to sit atop the table. With eight matches remaining, Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. have opened a seven-point gap with Lazio, who are struggling to stay in the title race.
Likely starting line-ups
Gianluigi Donnarumma, Andrea Conti, Simon Kjaer, Alessio Romagnoli, Theo Hernandez, Franck Kessie, Ismael Bennacer, Alexis Saelemaekers, Lucas Paqueta, Hakan Calhanoglu, Ante Rebic
Wojciech Szczesny, Juan Cuadrado, Matthijs de Ligt, Leonardo Bonucci, Danilo, Adrien Rabiot, Miralem Pjanic, Rodrigo Bentancur, Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala, Federico Bernardeschi
Injury updates and team news
AC Milan will be hoping to see star midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu return to the first eleven after limping off in the match against Lazio.
Apart from that, Stefano Pioli will continue to be without Mateo Musacchio, Leo Duarte and Samu Castillejo, who are all sidelined with injuries.
Juventus come to the clash with all their players fit from the last game, although their long-term absentees remain the same. Mattia De Sciglio, Alex Sandro, Sami Khedira, Giorgio Chiellini and Merih Demiral - all will be unavailable for selection due to injuries.
AC Milan vs Juventus head-to-head
Being two of the biggest giants of Italian top-flight football for decades, AC Milan and Juventus share a rich history having gone against each other 216 times across all competitions – the first of which happened in 1901.
The Old Lady remain superior in this regard with 86 wins while AC Milan have won 61 of those matches.
In recent history, Juventus have won 13 of their last 15 matches with AC Milan winning two. The reverse fixture, earlier this season, saw Juventus managing a 1-0 win away at the Allianz Stadium.
Players to watch out for in Milan vs Juve
Though Zlatan Ibrahimovic marked his return to the team with a goal against Lazio, Ante Rebic will remain the biggest hope for AC Milan. The forward has already scored nine goals for the club so far, proving to be lethal in front of goal.
For Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo will continue to be the biggest weapon who was on the scoresheet yet again in the match against Torino. Paulo Dybala comes a close second to the Portuguese international in terms of efficacy with 11 goals and 10 assists to his name so far.
Where to watch AC Milan vs Juventus live
Football fans in India can catch the live broadcast of the Serie A fixture between AC Milan and Juventus at 1.15 am on Wednesday, July 8 on the Sony Ten 2 TV channel. Live streaming can be watched on Sony LIV.