Juventus vs AC Milan Prediction, Preview, Lineups & Betting Tips
The 2018 Coppa Italia final will take place on Wednesday night, 9 May, when Juventus and AC Milan will fight for the trophy at the “Stadio Olimpico” in Italian capital Rome. This will be a replay of the 2016 final when the Bianconeri defeated the Rossoneri after an extra-time winner scored by former Juventus forward Alvaro Morata. Two years later Massimiliano Allegri is still in charge at Juventus but this time his opponent is Gennaro Gattuso, who has an opportunity to win his first trophy as a coach.
Find out the possible starting lineups of Juventus and AC Milan, as well as our betting prediction with the best betting odds available on the selected market.
Coppa Italia 2018: Juventus vs AC Milan – Prediction and Betting Tips
Juventus comes after a 3-1 weekend victory over Bologna, which combined with Napoli’s slip against Torino means that the Bianconeri are 99.9% champions of Italy for the seventh successive campaign. They need only a point in the upcoming two Serie A fixtures against Roma (away) and Verona (home) to guarantee their position on top even theoretically. Furthermore, The Old Lady can do the double for the fourth year in a row, winning both the scudetto and the Coppa Italia in the past three seasons.
AC Milan, on the other hand, heads to Rome with hope to win the Coppa Italia for the first time since 2003, when Milan with Gennaro Gattuso in the squad won against Roma 6-3 on aggregate (1-4, 2-2). Fifteen years later Gattuso will be keen to lift the same trophy as a manager, in a controversial season which can be remembered somehow, only if Milan wins the Coppa Italia. Nevertheless, AC Milan failed to justify the high expectations after all incoming transfers made by the Rossoneri last summer. Lucas Biglia, one of them, is doubtful for the upcoming final as he missed the last two Serie A rounds. If the Argentine fails to recover in time, youngster Manuel Locatelli will most likely replace him in midfield one more time, as he featured in the last two wins of AC Milan – 2-1 vs Bologna and 4-1 vs Verona. Veteran Riccardo Montolivo might be an option as well.
Juventus have won their last four matches against AC Milan and that’s an additional reason why the Rossoneri must seek revenge here. That negative streak includes a double during current Serie A season – 0-2 in Milan (end of October) and 3-1 in Torino (end of March).
Massimiliano Allegri has his own concerns as the Juventus boss can’t rely on the injured Benedikt Höwedes, Mattia De Sciglio and Stefano Sturaro, while Mario Mandzukic is doubtful but will probably miss out. However, good news are that Medhi Benatia should be fit to partner at the centre-back duo, and Miralem Pjanic also returns after suspension. Unfortunately, Giorgio Chiellini will miss out the final through suspension.
We believe that both sides are capable to score on neutral ground and our betting prediction goes on the goal scoring markets: “Both teams to score – Yes“. Great odds and pure value at some of the leading online bookmakers, including our partners Betfair. They offer the best betting odds on the “Both teams to score” market for the 2018 Coppa Italia Final. Besides, both teams have scored in four of the last five meetings between these two clubs.
Possible Starting Lineups of Juventus and AC Milan
Venue: “Stadio Olimpico”, Rome.
Referee: Antonio Damato.
Juventus FC: Gianluigi Buffon – Stephan Lichtsteiner, Medhi Benatia, Andrea Barzagli, Alex Sandro – Sami Khedira, Miralem Pjanic, Blaise Matuidi – Douglas Costa, Gonzalo Higuaín, Paulo Dybala. (4-3-3)
Missing players – Benedikt Höwedes, Mattia De Sciglio, Stefano Sturaro are all injured, Mario Mandzukic is questionable. Giorgio Chiellini is suspended.
AC Milan: Gianluigi Donnarumma – Ignazio Abate, Leonardo Bonucci, Alessio Romagnoli, Ricardo Rodriguez – Giacomo Bonaventura, Manuel Locatelli, Franck Kessie – Suso, Patrick Cutrone, Hakan Calhanoglu. (4-3-3)
Missing players – Andrea Conti is injured, Lucas Biglia is doubtful.