Table Implications: This is a title race “six-pointer.” These clubs have been nearly deadlocked atop Serie A for most of the season. Milan are currently one point ahead, but Juventus have a game in hand.
Form: Milan lost 2-1 to Juventus in the Coppa Italia semifinals on Feb 8. Since then, the Rossoneri have won three in a row, two away wins in the league and a 4-0 stomping of Arsenal at home in the Champions League. Juve have gone undefeated through 23 league games, allowing just 13 goals. Though, they have dropped 20 points in 10 draws. Milan are 7-1-3 at home this season. Juventus are 5-0-6 on the road.
Pirlo: The legendary Italian playmaker, who won the Bronze Ball at the 2006 World Cup, spent 10 years at AC Milan, winning two Scudetti, and two Champions League trophies. The 32-year-old left Milan for Juventus last summer on a free transfer, and currently leads the Bianconeri with six assists. This will be his first trip back to the San Siro in Serie A*.
Ibrahimovic: The man who can win matches himself will be absent for the one where he may be most needed. The Swede lost his appeal and will serve the third and final game of his violent conduct suspension for this absurd slap. Ibra has been essential, creating and converting chances himself to cover for a water-carrying midfield. He has 22 goals and seven assists in 26 appearances this season.
Prediction: AC Milan 1-1 Juventus.
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