The Italian top-flight will be the fourth of Europe’s top five major leagues to resume amid the continued threat of coronavirus, as the Bundesliga became the first to restart on May 18. Spain’s La Liga reopened its doors on June 11, while the Premier League is expected to recommence in England six days later. Now, let’s find out which team is offering the best value against their Coppa Italia betting odds in this affair.
Milan Vs Juventus Semi-Finals MatchJuventus and AC Milan will be the first two sides back on the pitch for Italian soccer when they square off in Friday’s second leg of their Coppa Italia semifinals. When the two rivals last met, they played to a thrilling 1-1- draw back on February 13.
Why Bet On Juventus at -182
Juventus is sitting atop the Serie A standings with 63 points. The Old Lady has put 50 goals on the board while allowing 24 (+26). Juventus comes into this affair having gone 4-0-1 over their last five matches including a 2-0 shutout win over Inter Milan in their last match before the suspension on March 17. Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is second in goals scored with 21 while adding three assists. 57 percent of his 93 shots this season have been on target. Paulo Dybala has 10 goals and six assists and Gonzalo Higuain has seven goals and six assists.
While Juventus was, by far, the best team in the league before the break, head coach Maurizio Sarri is wary of almost everything after the long layoff.
“None of the staff at this moment knows where the preparation is because we come off an abnormal interruption,” Sarri said. “This is a unique situation, which does not give us any certainty, also because we have obviously not played friendlies. I am satisfied with what I have seen during these days in training, but the response during a game will be different. Each player has experienced this period in a different way. Now the point will be to understand what motivations everyone has within themselves.”
Why Bet On AC Milan at +440
18-time Serie A champions and five-time Coppa Italia winners AC Milan is sitting in seventh place in the Italian Serie A standings with 36 points. They’ve scored 28 goals while allowing 34 defensively (-6). Milan has gone an uninspiring 1-2-2 over their last five matches including a 2-1 loss against Genoa on March 8 in their last match before the suspension. Ante Rebic has a team-high six goals while Theo Hernandez has five gals and two assists. Krzysztof Piatek is third on goals scored with four on the season.
Superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic is injured and will miss this contest against his former club. The 38-year-old Swedish striker has scored four goals in 10 matches since joining Milan on a six-month deal in December, but suffered a calf injury in training in May.
Expert Analysis and Prediction
While neither one of these clubs will be boosted by the attendance of their rabid fans, Juventus is clearly the better of the two championship hopefuls. Not only that, but without their best player in Zlatan Ibrahimovic, I suspect that AC Milan has little to no chance of pulling off the big upset in this affair. AC Milan has struggled on the road this season and I just don’t see them getting past a Juventus squad that has recorded twice as many wins as their rivlas have coming into this showdown. Keep it simple and back Juventus to get it done behind superstar leader Cristiano Ronaldo. I like three goals scored in this affair as Juventus wins it by one goal.
Pick: Juventus 2 AC Milan 1