Juventus vs. Milan – Serie A, September 19, 2021
Juventus finds itself in unfamiliar territory as it prepares to welcome Milan to the Allianz Stadium on Sunday.
Maxi Allegri has won just one point in his first three games back as head coach and will be demanding a much better performance here to help his side climb the Serie A table.
Milan, on the other hand, has begun the season in fine form and is looking for a fourth consecutive league victory to keep up its 100% record. Both clubs played in the Champions League earlier in the week though, so fatigue could be a factor.
Recap the week that was with everything we learned from week three in Serie A, and then dive into my Juventus vs. Milan betting preview.
Betting Odds for Juventus vs. Milan
The top soccer betting sites have Juventus to win at home at a cool +125. It is not very often that you will find Juventus offered to win at this kind of price at home.
Anything other than odds on, should be closely looked at.
These prices obviously reflect the contrasting ways the two clubs have begun the season, but surely no one seriously thinks that Juventus will spend much more time in the lower half of the table?
Can Juventus Win Its First Game of the Season?
Juventus has actually won one game – a comprehensive 3-0 victory away at Malmo in the first round of group stage fixtures in this year’s Champions League.
But a disappointing draw with Udinese on the opening day of the campaign, followed by an embarrassing defeat to Empoli and another loss to Napoli, has the Old Lady much further down the table than we are accustomed to.
Much of the criticism has been leveled at keeper Wojciech Szczesny, who has made a number of costly errors. But he has also had to deal with a defensive unit in front of him that is not as solid as it used to be.
There is also the small detail of Cristiano Ronaldo leaving as well, of course.
Juve has more than enough attacking talent to still be dangerous in that part of the field though – and I fully expect players like Paulo Dybala to step out of Ronaldo’s shadow and the entire team to take greater responsibility for scoring goals.
Will Milan Keep Winning?
With Jose Mourinho hogging the headlines in Serie A, it might be a slight surprise to learn that Milan has also won all three of its league games so far and could go top of the table with a win. There has been just one goal conceded as well – meaning that Milan has the best defense in the league at the moment.
The team is definitely strengthened from last season. It surprised everyone by leading the way for a large part of the campaign, before eventually finishing second behind champions Inter. But the extra Champions League games might take their toll this term.
Milan was involved in a very exciting game against Liverpool on Wednesday but Pioli may find that his players feel the effect of that fixture more than Juve’s after its stroll against Malmo.
Olivier Giroud may come into the starting eleven after only playing half an hour against Liverpool, but Theo Hernandez could be in for another tough game after struggling with Mo Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold at Anfield.
Betting Prediction and Pick for Juventus vs. Milan
Maxi Allegri may well have a tough task on his hands to bring the scudetto back to Juventus this season.
But he is vastly experienced and should be able to get past this momentary blip his team is experiencing at the moment. Milan continues to improve though, so this should be a close game.
Milan’s new players have certainly settled in well, while Juventus has made far too many mistakes at the back. But, this is only the Bianconeri’s second home game of the season and I expect it to be much better than in the shock defeat to Empoli.
At these odds, a home win bet seems the best choice.
Juventus to Win+125