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AC Milan predicted lineup vs Juventus - Serie A

Grey Whitebloom
Milan's manager Stefano Pioli spent two years at Juventus in the 1980s winning an Italian, continental and international title
Milan's manager Stefano Pioli spent two years at Juventus in the 1980s winning an Italian, continental and international title / SOPA Images/Getty Images
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Milan's perfect start to the Serie A season, in theory, faces its toughest test with a trip to Juventus on Sunday evening - although the form of their hosts suggests otherwise.

Played three, won three, scored seven, conceded one. Milan's record after the opening three Serie A matchdays has simply been a continuation of the form with which they ended the previous campaign, finishing as runners-up. Juve, conversely, are winless.

There were even a wealth of positives to take from the Rossoneri's one defeat this campaign, as they showed enough fight to weather Liverpool's first half siege and somehow go into the break not only level, but with a lead.

Here's how Pioli may lineup in a bid to extend Milan's advantage over Juventus to double digits by mid-September.


Milan predicted lineup vs Juventus - Serie A

1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Mike Maignan (GK) - Given the unenviable task of replacing the best goalkeeper at Euro 2020, Maignan has rapidly settled in since swapping Lille for Lombardy.

Davide Calabria (RB) - One of the few Italian internationals peppered across this young, international squad, Calabria has been present and key to Milan's impressive record of six clean sheets in their last seven Serie A matches.

Simon Kjaer (CB) - Fresh from appearing against his dad's favourite team - Kjaer Snr has a Liver bird tattoo - Milan's main defender will undoubtedly start again this weekend.

Fikayo Tomori (CB) - Milan's marquee signing of the summer - and the second-highest fee paid across Serie A (behind fellow Englishman Tammy Abraham incidentally), has picked up where he left off from a loan spell that persuaded a loosening of the Milanese pursestrings.

Theo Hernandez (LB) - The force of nature that is a Theo Hernandez in full flight was largely shackled the last time Milan hosted Juve - though that was likely just a freak occurrence.

2. Midfielders

Sandro Tonali (CM) - Relegated to the bench for Milan's trip to Anfield, the ease with which his replacement Ismael Bennacer was bypassed owed mostly to Liverpool's excellence, but didn't exactly hurt Tonali's hopes of returning to the starting XI this weekend.

Franck Kessie (CM) - Having established himself as the side's most important midfielder during Bennacer's prolonged absence for much of 2021, Kessie will be looking to star again on Sunday.

Brahim Diaz (AM) - In his second year on loan from Madrid, Milan's new number ten has flourished under the weighty burden of that iconic shirt.

3. Forwards

Ante Rebic (RW) - He may look as though every second spent on the pitch is a bothersome chore, but Rebic has been Milan's best creative player so far this season; leading the team in assists, expected assists and chances created.

Olivier Giroud (ST) - Finally in Milan after a lengthy pursuit, Giroud's pair of goals in two league appearances isn't enough to banish the supposed curse of the club's number nine jersey just yet, but it is a good start.

Rafael Leao (LW) - Even with fans back in the stands, Pioli can still be heard bellowing 'Rafa!' from the touchlines to both prompt the 22-year-old to press, and use his exceptional dribbling skills when on the ball.

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