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    Default Milan - Juventus

    The selected players:

    Abbiati, Amelia, Abate, Antonini, Bonera, Ely, Mesbah, Mexes, Nesta, Thiago Silva, Zambrotta, Yepes, Ambrosini, Emanuelson, Muntari, Nocerino, Van Bommel, El Shaarawy, Inzaghi, Pato, Robinho.


    The expected formations according to La Gazzetta dello Sport:






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    Let's hope Pato makes this game his own tonight as we've waited long enough for a great Pato performance. I would have rather had a different midfield but under the circumstances this is probably the best we can put out.
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    MATCH PREVIEW

    Serie A Week 25 - 25 Feb 2012 (19.45 UK)

    Milan - Juventus

    Stadio Giuseppe Meazza


    An Ibra-less Milan face Juventus in an Italian classic on Saturday in a game that could have important ramifications about the destination of the Scudetto.

    The Rossoneri are currently top of the League thanks to their one-point advantage over the Old Lady, who in turn have their postponed game at Bologna to catch up on.

    While more than one pundit in the build up has insisted that the outcome of the encounter won’t be decisive, it is clear that a win for either side would be an important psychological blow as we edge closer to the end of the season.

    Milan and Juve had forged a close alliance over recent years, but there have been signs of tension over the past few weeks. The Rossoneri labelled Giorgio Chiellini as a ‘tell-tale’ after their recent Coppa Italia clash, while Massimiliano Allegri wasn’t impressed by the Bianconeri’s recent rants against referees.

    The home side will arguably go into this game as slight favourites following a revival in fortunes. A loss to Lazio and a draw with Napoli seemed to hand over the advantage to Juve in the title chase – until the Diavolo turned defeat into a victory at Udinese. Since then they ripped Arsenal apart and disposed of Cesena.

    Juve, meanwhile, have had their struggles. They may still be unbeaten, but consecutive 0-0 draws against Siena and Parma proved frustrating. The 3-1 win over Catania was also a lot harder than the scoreline suggests.

    Nevertheless, it is in the big games where Antonio Conte’s boys underline their talent. After all, they’ve already beaten Milan twice so far this season. In the League they collected a 2-0 win after dominating the tie, while they left San Siro in the Italian Cup a few weeks back with a 2-1 victory as well.

    Tactically speaking, Allegri will go into the tie with fewer options. A raft of midfield injuries – which may also include Kevin Prince Boateng – means that Sulley Muntari is again expected to start. In the absence of the suspended Zlatan Ibrahimovic, after his appeal failed on Thursday, Alexandre Pato and Robinho may get the nod in attack.

    Conte looks like he will opt for a 3-5-2 instead of the 4-3-3 system. Simone Pepe is available again after injury and could start on the left, but there are question marks over who will begin in attack. It seems like the trio of Mirko Vucinic, Alessandro Matri and Fabio Quagliarella are fighting for the two shirts.

    Milan are Serie A’s most potent attacking threat thanks to their 48 goals so far – Ibra has contributed 15 of those – but they will be tested on Saturday. Juve have conceded just 14 goals in the championship overall and just six on their travels. They haven’t conceded away since the 1-1 with Roma in December.

    Historically, the home side have the advantage with 26 wins and 34 draws from 78 Serie A games in Milan. Juve have 18 wins, including the 2-1 last season thanks to goals from Quagliarella and Alex Del Piero. In the last 10 League meetings here, there have been three Milan wins, two Juve and five draws – of which only one ended 0-0.

    Keep an eye on: Andrea Pirlo (Juventus) – Once a darling of the Milan faithful, Pirlo left the Rossoneri on a Bosman in the summer to inspire Juventus’ Scudetto bid. Still respected by fans and ex-teammates, he may make the difference in this one.

    Last season: Milan 1-2 Juventus

    Form Guide: Milan (W L D W W) Juventus (W W D D W)

    Stat fact: Massimiliano Allegri’s coaching record against Juventus, while in charge of Cagliari and Milan, consists of three wins and four losses (L W W L L W L).

    Extra stat fact: Serie A goals this season – Ibrahimovic 15, Matri+Vucinic+Quagliarella+Del Piero+Borriello 14.

    Milan (probable): Abbiati; Abate, Mexes (or Nesta), Thiago Silva, Antonini; Nocerino, Van Bommel, Muntari; Emanuelson; Pato, Robinho

    Juventus (probable): Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, Pepe; Matri (or Quagliarella), Vucinic


    http://www.football-italia.net/Serie...h/preview/9812
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    Just reading that Nesta is injured and Allegri doesn't want to risk him tonight. Are we cursed?
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    Oh and Antonini set to play as Mesbah has a fever! Ffs it's lucky we have a squad of 31! Next season we might have to make it even more...
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    Warm up pic:

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    Nervous wreck before this game. I've had a really busy day today. I really hope that we beat them tonight in such a way that it deflates Juve. A win will be a big win in any case. A draw will be a moral victory for Juve more than it will be for us but a big win for Milan will kill Juve and their hopes.

    I want us to beat a big team and it's been a while since we have beaten Juve so beating them tonight is essential. These peckers are good and comfortable in the San Siro so that is where my anxiety is coming from.
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    Nocerino ... absolutely excellent! Awesome!
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