It’s the first leg of an Italian Cup semifinal on Thursday at the San Siro as Juventus and AC Milan face off. Juventus is the competition’s most successful club with 13 wins. The winner of this event automatically qualifies for both the UEFA Europa League group stage and the Italian Supercup the following year. Lazio are the defending champions but were eliminated by Napoli in the quarterfinals. Let’s see how the Soccer betting odds will be for the Juventus vs Milan.
Juventus vs Milan 2020 Italian Cup Betting Lines & Game Preview
- When: Thursday, 2:45 PM ET
- Where: Giuseppe Meazza
- Stream: ESPN+
- Odds: Juventus +102, AC Milan +245, draw +236 (Total 2.5 goals)
Juventus vs Milan Last Meeting
Teams most recently played in Serie A action in Nov. 10, 2019, and Juventus prevailed 1-0. Paulo Dybala scored the only goal in the 77th minute after replacing superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in the 55th minute. Ronaldo was furious with coach Maurizio Sarri, shooting him a dirty look while walking straight down the tunnel. Ronaldo left the stadium before the final whistle.
Why Bet on AC Milan?
AC Milan are having a disappointing season in the Serie A with 32 points, 22 behind first-place Internazionale. Milan come off a loss to the leaders 4-2 on Sunday. Zlatan Ibrahimovic set up Ante Rebic’s opener before scoring with a header, as Milan held a 2-0 lead at the break. It was the best Milan have played all season.
But the second half was all Internazionale. Ibrahimovic hit the post with a late header as Milan pushed for the tying goal late, but Antonio Conte’s side sealed the win in stoppage time through a Romelu Lukaku header. Inter have now won four consecutive Milan derbies in Serie A for the first time since 1983. Few people would have predicted Milan losing this fixture after establishing a two-goal lead. After all, it hadn’t happened in more than 70 years.
“We lost confidence when the first goal went in. We played without any belief. We stopped pressing. At 2-2 we collapsed,” said.
Milan advanced in the Italian Cup with a 4-2 win over Torino on Jan. 28. Hakan Calhanoglu scored twice and was instrumental as AC Milan came from behind to beat visitors after extra time. Turkey midfielder Calhanoglu netted a stoppage-time equalizer before giving the Rossoneri a 3-2 lead in extra time. Ibrahimovic rounded off the scoring two minutes later from inside the box.
Over the round of 16 and quarterfinals of this year’s Italian Cup, AC Milan are the team with the most shots on goal, 42, nine more than their Bianconeri opponents.
AC Milan are on an unbeaten streak at home of seven games in all competitions (three wins, four draws), which is the Rossoneri’s best streak in a season since January 2017 where they went nine home games unbeaten.
Why Bet on Juventus?
Coach Maurizio Sarri is under some pressure at Juventus as the team has still yet to fully grasp his desired style and tactics despite working together for well over half a season. Juve comes off a 2-1 shocking loss to Hellas Verona on Saturday in the Serie A. Sarri has reason to be worried by his side’s away form, with the defending Serie A champions having lost their last two games on the road.
Cristiano Ronaldo set a new Juventus record by scoring in a 10th consecutive league game to put the visitors in front at the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi after 65 minutes. Yet Ivan Juric’s side left the visitors stunned as Fabio Borini struck an equalizer before a late penalty from substitute Giampaolo Pazzini completed the comeback.
Ronaldo is responsible for 71 percent of Juventus’ goals since setting off on this club’s record scoring streak. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo has scored 23 goals in all competitions this season.
Juve, who won the competition four years in a row before being knocked out in the quarters last season, advanced to this year’s semifinals with a 3-1 win over AS Roma on Jan. 22. Ronaldo scored the opening goal. Ronaldo raced past right-back Alessandro Florenzi before rifling the ball across goalkeeper Pau Lopez and into the bottom corner.
AC Milan and Juventus have faced up 25 times in the Italian Cup, with seven Rossoneri wins, 11 Bianconeri wins, and seven draws. AC Milan v Juventus is the second most played game in the history of the Italian Cup (played 25 times); second to Juventus v Inter (31 times).
Including this current season, Juventus (32 times) and AC Milan (23) are two of the three teams who have appeared most in Italian Cup semifinals. And since their first game in this year’s tournament, they are the two sides who have scored the most goals (seven goals each).
Juventus vs Milan Expert Pick
Juventus 1, AC Milan 1