COPPA ITALIA : Juventus vs AC Milan team news, preview and Match info
After a three-month absence, Italian football will resume with a bang when Juventus take on AC Milan in Friday’s Coppa Italia semi-final.
It’s been over three months since Juventus last played a game. They’ve been training under the watchful eye of a masked Maurizio Sarri for a few weeks now, but what their respective fitness levels look like is a complete unknown.
Everybody was in a different place during Italy’s country-wide lockdown. Some went home to their respective home countries, others stayed in Italy. Some players, most notably Paulo Dybala and Daniele Rugani, had more important things to worry about in the weeks (and months) following the Serie A suspension of play.
Basically, we have no idea what this team is going to look like coming out of this break.
We can say that for every one of the 20 Serie A teams that will be resuming their respective season over the course of the next few weeks.
It obviously starts this Friday with both Coppa Italia semifinals, but there are league games just around the corner next weekend.
The sides shared a 1-1 draw at the San Siro in the first leg way back in February, while neither has been in action since Serie A was suspended at the beginning of March.
Juventus vs AC Milan team news
*Gonzalo Higuain is unlikely to take part as he struggles with a persistent thigh injury, although Aaron Ramsey could be fit enough to take part from the bench.
*Zlatan Ibrahimovic remains sidelined due to a calf injury, while Theo Hernandez and Samu Castillejo are both suspended.
Juventus vs AC Milan preview
The Rossoneri came close to a long-awaited victory in the first leg, largely keeping their opponents at bay before being denied by a VAR-awarded Cristiano Ronaldo penalty in injury time.
In fact, they have rarely been completely outclassed in recent meetings, letting in just seven goals in the last five and conceding just once in each of the matches versus Maurizio Sarri’s team this season.
MATCH INFO JUVENTUS vs AC MILAN
Date: Friday, June 12, 2020
Location: Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy
Official kickoff time: 9 p.m. local time in Italy and across Europe; 8 p.m. in the United Kingdom; 3 p.m. Eastern Time; 12 p.m. Pacific Time
HOW TO WATCH JUVENTUS vs MILAN
Television: RAI Uno (Italy)
Online/mobile: ESPN+ (United States); FloSports (Canada); BTSport.com, BT Sport app (United Kingdom); RAI Play (Italy)