Juventus v AC Milan: Goals could flow in heavyweight Serie A clash
There’s a familiar sight at the top of the Serie A table as Juventus have picked up 21 points from their opening eight matches. A defeat to Inter Milan at the San Siro is the only blemish on the Old Lady’s league record thus far and they had a hard-fought victory away at Lyon in midweek.
Next up for Max Allegri’s side is a home clash with AC Milan on Saturday evening in what appears to be one of the most attractive betting prospects on the weekend’s coupon.
Juve are odds-on across the board with Betway going 4/5 (1.80) for a home win with the draw a 5/2 (3.50) chance and Milan are priced at 15/4 (3.80).
It’s been a while since Vincenzo Montella’s men challenged for the Italian top division title but they are ticking along very well indeed at the moment. They lost two of their first three league matches but since then have taken 13 points from an available 15.
It’s probably a bit much to expect them to take three points from the Juventus Stadium this weekend but they could well cause problems for the odds-on favourites.
One headache for Allegri is the continued absence of centre back Giorgio Chiellini. The Italy international is still out injured after picking up a knock when on duty with the national squad and the 49-year-old manager confirmed that he wouldn’t be ready until Wednesday at the earliest.
That significantly weakens the home defence which is normally very reliable. The visitors have been in free scoring form of late, netting 10 times in their previous five matches although they struggle to keep goals out at the other end, conceding 11 league goals this term. That’s the most of any side in the top seven of Serie A.
With that in mind backing Both Teams to Score at 17/20 (1.85) could be a solid bet with Betway ahead of Saturday night’s showdown. Both teams look more comfortable going forward and Milan do have the weapons to hurt the league leaders.
Over 2.5 goals could also be of interest at a slightly bigger price of Even money (2.0) with the same firm but the prospect of a 1-1 draw would probably suit both sides in the latter stages given how well they’re both going domestically.
Juventus have only leaked five goals so far this season but look much more vulnerable without Chellini at the helm and following a midweek trip to France the fresher visitors, who themselves look a particularly top heavy side if recent results are anything to go by, should fancy their chances of finding the net.