PREVIEW: Will Milan Break Winning Streak of Juventus?

The visit of Juventus to AC Milan is the crunch game this weekend on SuperSport, with the league leaders looking to further underline their dominance, while nearest challengers Napoli...
epa07107772 Juventus' Mario Mandzukic (R) and Genoa's Christian Kouame in action during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Juventus FC and Genoa CFC at Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy, 20 October 2018. EPA/ALESSANDRO DI MARCO

The visit of Juventus to AC Milan is the crunch game this weekend on SuperSport, with the league leaders looking to further underline their dominance, while nearest challengers Napoli and Internazionale will be favoured to win at Genoa and Atalanta respectively.

Juventus brought up a 10th win from 11 league matches when they defeated Cagliari 3-1 this past weekend, thanks to strikes from Paulo Dybala and Juan Cuadrado, as well as an own goal from Filip Bradaric.

The Bianconeri are in real danger of running way from all chasers at the head of the standings, and the rest of Italy will be hoping Gennaro Gattaso’s Milan who have blown hot and cold through the campaign can find a way to halt Juve’s momentum.

The Rossoneri will err on the side of attack and hope that on-loan Juve attacker Gonzalo Higuain who will reportedly be allowed to play against his ‘parent’ club is able to find his peak form and prove a point to the Turin side, having been effectively forced out of the club following their purchase of Cristiano Ronaldo earlier this year.

If Milan can deny Juve all three points in the teams’ meeting at San Siro, then title contenders Napoli and Internazionale will hope to take full advantage. The former are in fine fettle after racking up a 5-1 home win over Empoli on Friday night featuring a hat-trick from Dries Mertens and will head to StadioComunale Luigi Ferraris confident that they can get the better of Christian Kouame’s Genoa, who are winless in their last five Serie A outings.

Genoa’s last result was a 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Inter Milan, who have found a fantastic rhythm under manager Luciano Spalletti. The Nerazzurri have racked up seven straight wins in Serie A and have emerged as surprise challengers for the title.

epa07107772 Juventus’ Mario Mandzukic (R) and Genoa’s Christian Kouame in action during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Juventus FC and Genoa CFC at Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy, 20 October 2018. EPA/ALESSANDRO DI MARCO

They will take on Musa Barrow’s Atalanta away from home in search of an eighth victory on the bounce and will look to the likes of Mauro Icardi and Roberto Gagliardini to continue their scoring form, while Africans Keita Balde and Kwadwo Asamoah remain important figures under Spalletti.

Other Africans to keep an eye out for through round 12 include Gervinho, who will come up against a defence featuring Ola Aina and Nicolas N’Koulou when Parma take on Torino; Raman Chisbah for Frosinone at home to Fiorentina; Orji Okonkwo for Bologna away to Chievo; Ismael Bennacer for Empoli against SekoFofana’s Udinese; and Kevin-Prince Boatang’sSassuolo at home to Lazio.

 

Key match stats

 

Genoa v Napoli – Head-to-Head, all competitions

Matches played 38

Genoa wins 8

Napoli wins 17

Draws 13

 

Roma v Sampdoria – Head-to-Head, all competitions

Matches played 44

Roma wins 20

Sampdoria wins 12

Draws 12

 

Milan v Juventus – Head-to-Head, all competitions

Matches played 59

Milan wins 16

Juve wins 29

Draws 14

 

Serie A fixtures, 9-11 November

All times CAT

 

Friday 9 November

7:30pm Frosinone v Fiorentina – LIVE on SS8, Max2 & SelGO4

 

Saturday 10 November

2pm Torino v Parma– LIVE on SS8, Max2 & SelGO5

5pm SPAL v Cagliari – LIVE on SS8/SS10, Max360 & SelGO2/SelGO5

71:30pm Genoa v Napoli – LIVE on SS8, Max2 & SelGO5

 

Sunday 11 November

11:30am Atalanta v Internazionale – LIVE on SS8 & SelGO5

2pmChievo v Bologna – LIVE on SS10, Max360 & SelGO2

2pmEmpoli v Udinese – LIVE on SS9

2pm Roma v Sampdoria – LIVE on SS8

5pmSassuolo v Lazio – LIVE on SS8

7:30pm Milan v Juventus – LIVE on SS8 & SelGO5

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