It’s Zlatan vs Ronaldo − sorry… AC Milan vs Juventus − tonight in the Coppa Italia semi-final first leg. It’s one of the most historic fixtures in Italian football and, all jokes aside, its significance stretches well past the team’s figurehead players.
With AC lagging way behind Juventus in the league, this Coppa Italia fixture will be a chance for the Milan side to make a statement.
AC Milan vs Juventus kick-off time
The match gets underway at 7:45pm GMT.
Or, for viewers based in the US, it’s 2:45pm ET or 11:45am PT.
How to watch or live stream AC Milan vs Juventus from the UK
BT Sport customers can tune in and watch the game on BT Sport 2, or on the BT Sport app.
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AC Milan vs Juventus match preview
Juventus are currently in second place in Serie A, but only lag behind first place Inter Milan on goal difference. It’s tight at the top but Juventus’ form has been impressive over the course of the season but turned up some blips of late.
Meanwhile, AC Milan sit in 10th and have struggled to find any sort of consistency. It will be doubly frustrating for the red half of Milan that their cross-town rivals now sit at the top of the league. Could success in the cup be the remedy for their otherwise ailing season?
There are certainly signs of weakness at Juve. Maurizio Sarri’s Juventus lost to Hellas Verona last time out, crashing to a 2-1 away defeat. While that result concerned fans, in the grand scheme of thing’s Juventus have still won six of their last eight fixtures. Their league position is testament to the level of consistency they have achieved so far this season.
However, AC Milan fans will take hope from the fact that that consistency is wavering. Of Juventus’ small amount of losses over the season, two have come in their last four games. But can AC capitalise?
Zlatan Ibrahimovic will likely appear upfront for the Milan side, against his old club, and hopes to make an impression. The giant Swede will present an aerial threat and is known for his finishing and hold up play. He’ll be tough to deal with but Juventus will hope their all-star centre-back pairing, of Bonucci and De Ligt, will be able to keep him under wraps.
Conversely, Milan have shown defensive frailty in recent performances. Last time out they lost the Milan derby 4-2 at the San Siro, despite going in for half time with a 2-0 lead. AC capitulated and that could sound like the ringing of a dinner bell to Juventus’ hungry strike-force. Ronaldo to score first, anyone?
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