Milan’s Injury Crisis Getting Progressively Worse
Two Serie A rivals and Champions League clubs battle it out on Saturday as AC Milan host Juventus. Defending champions AC Milan have started off the season well despite a concerning injury crisis. However, they’re coming off of a midweek drubbing at the hands of Chelsea. Meanwhile, Juventus have had an up-and-down start. Still, they just managed two wins in a row, in all competitions, for the first time this season. Let’s discuss whether they can continue their momentum and run through the odds in this AC Milan vs. Juventus betting preview.
Serie A – AC Milan vs. Juventus Game Info:
- Location: Stadio San Siro, Milan, Italy
- Date & Time:
- Streaming: Live Stream Sports
Last Five Serie A Meetings:
- Jan 2022: Milan 0-0 Juventus
- Sep 2021: Juventus 1-1 Milan
- May 2021: Juventus 0-3 Milan
- Jan 2021: Milan 1-3 Juventus
- Jul 2020: Milan 4-2 Juventus
Both meetings between AC Milan and Juventus finished in draws last season. With COVID restrictions still in place in January, neither team scored at the San Siro in front of just 5,000 fans. The 1-1 draw in Turin was also limited to half-capacity.
AC Milan vs. Juventus betting preview should note that this is the first Serie A meeting with no capacity restrictions since 2019. Juventus dominated AC Milan in the 2010s but Milan have started off the decade well in this fixture. Since 2020, The Rossoneri have lost just one of seven matches vs. Juventus, in all competitions.
Milan Biding Time Until World Cup
- Recent Form (All Competitions): L,W,L,W,W
- Serie A Record: 5-1-2, 5th
- Injuries and Suspensions: G Mike Maignan (Out), D Theo Hernandez (Day-to-Day), D Davide Calabria (Out), Simon Kjaer (Out), D/M Alessandro Florenzi (Out), M/F Alexis Saelemaekers (Out), F Junior Messias (Day-to-Day), F Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Out)
The name of the game for AC Milan is surviving until the World Cup break. Including this match, they’ve got six games until Serie A takes a month and a half off for Qatar 2022. Currently, the Rossoneri have eight players out and it certainly showed on Wednesday. They lost 3-0 to Chelsea in the Champions League at Stamford Bridge. Milan’s defending on Chelsea’s first goal was almost comically bad.
Thiago Silva managed three free headers on successive corners and Ciprian Tatarusanu parried out the last of them. After a scramble in the box, Wesley Fofana slotted home Chelsea’s opening goal. AC Milan looked unorganized and deserved to concede. They were also unable to create too much on the offensive end. Still, Milan picked up a win in Serie A last weekend at Empoli. The Rossoneri are fifth in the Serie A standings, just three points behind leaders Napoli.
This is a big match for Milan as they need to stay within striking distance to defend their Scudetto. It’s possible that all of the players who missed Wednesday’s match will also be out for Saturday, though. AC Milan did get Divock Origi back on Wednesday and he’ll add some much-needed depth at the striker position. Still, expect a lot of reliance on Pierre Kalulu and Fikayo Tomori at the back and Olivier Giroud up top.
Juve Back on Track
- Recent Form: W,W,L,L,D
- Serie A Record: 3-1-4, 7th
- Injuries and Suspensions: M/F Angel Di Maria (Suspended), M Paul Pogba (Out), F Federico Chiesa (Out)
Fans were calling for coach Massimiliano Allegri’s head after another lackluster Juventus start. They lost both of their first two Champions League matches and took just ten points from seven Serie A games. Heading into the international break, Juve were on a five-game winless streak in all competitions as well. Then, they defeated Bologna last weekend in Serie A and took down Maccabi Haifa in the Champions League. Allegri has bought himself a bit of time but Juventus still have an uphill battle to make it out of their UCL group.
After opening the season at +185 odds to win Serie A, Juventus has already dropped down to +700. Betting on Juventus has certainly been a risk so far this season but they’ve only lost one Serie A match so far. They’re a dangerous team, especially now that Dusan Vlahovic is rounding into form up top. However, Angel Di Maria, who’s arguably been their best player this season, will miss Saturday’s match.
After opening the season at +185 odds to win Serie A, Juventus has already dropped down to +700.
Di Maria assisted all three Juventus goals in the 3-1 win vs. Maccabi Haifa. However, he’ll serve the back end of a two-game suspension on Saturday for elbowing an opponent. His absence could certainly impact Juve’s ability to create chances. Their midfield often lacks creativity, which makes left-sided midfielder Filip Kostic a key player in this match.
Odds & Preview
Our AC Milan vs. Juventus betting preview can’t highlight enough how impactful Di Maria’s absence could be. He adds another element to Juve’s game that is nearly irreplaceable. Still, with all of Milan’s injuries, this could be a very competitive match. Home favorites AC Milan are priced at +110 odds, while Juve sit at +270. The money is coming in on Juventus, as they opened up at +325.
A draw figures to be a popular bet, especially since both Serie A meetings finished that way last season. It can be selected at +240 odds. Juventus (+½) are favored to cover the spread, at -130 odds. Milan have conceded in their last seven competitive matches and a lack of defensive continuity, due to injuries, is hurting them. Meanwhile, Juve have scored six goals in their last two matches and conceded just twice in their last three.
The over/under goals total for the match is 2½ and the under is implied to be more likely. Under 2½ shows -135 odds for Saturday’s match in what could be a defensive battle. Neither match last season went over +2½ but the previous three Serie A meetings between these two did.
Get into the field and play with more related info:
- EPL Odds: Brighton vs Tottenham Betting Preview
- Europa League Betting Odds: Roma vs. Real Betis Match Preview
- Champions League: Chelsea vs. AC Milan Betting Odds
- Champions League: Benfica vs. PSG Match Preview
- La Liga: Real Madrid vs Osasuna Matchup Preview