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Coppa Italia 2018-19, Juventus vs AC Milan: Predicted XI and Team News 

Varun Nair
ANALYST
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2.52K   //    16 Jan 2019, 08:48 IST

The first trophy of the season is up for grabs for the Old Lady of Turin
The first trophy of the season is up for grabs for the Old Lady of Turin

The first piece of silverware of the season is up for grabs for AC Milan and Juventus as they face each other in King Abdullah Sports City in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.

The Rossoneri has been deprived of any silverware since their penalty shootout wins over Juventus in the 2016 Super Coppa Italia and Gennaro Gattuso will be eager to get his first cup with his beloved Milan.

Old Lady of Turin, on the other hand, will be hoping to continue with their unbeaten domestic start of the season with another victory over the rivals and win their 8th Super Coppa Italia.

This match will also be the first chance for Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo to get his first piece of silverware in Italy.

Here is your team news and predicted XI.


Juventus


The Croatian will miss the match after being injured in the training session
The Croatian will miss the match after being injured in the training session

The defending champions have some injury concerns ahead of their match against the Milan giants with Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado, Andrea Barzagli still out with long term injuries.

Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic also joins the injury list and will be a big miss for the Old Lady of Turin.

Douglas Costa is expected to start along with Paulo Dybala on either side of the wing after an impressive display in the domestic cup.

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AC Milan

The Spanish winger will be a big miss
The Spanish winger will be a big miss

Gennaro Gattuso will still be without long term injured players like Giacomo Bonaventura, Mattia Caldara and Lucas Biglia.

Spanish winger Suso will also miss the cup match due to suspension after his red card against SPAL.

Gonzalo Higuain is sure to start for the Rossoneri against his parent club despite rumours about a transfer to Chelsea doing the rounds.


Probable Line-up

Ronaldo will be gunning for his first silverware with Juventus
Ronaldo will be gunning for his first silverware with Juventus

Juventus (4-3-3): Szczesny; De Sciglio, Bonucci, Chiellini, Sandro; Pjanic, Bentancur, Matuidi; Dybala, Ronaldo, Costa.

AC Milan (4-4-2): Reina; Abate, Romangnoli, Zapata, Rodriguez; Kessie, Bakayoko, Calhanoglu, Castillejo; Higuain, Cutrone.

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