Juventus will be hoping to round off a remarkable season even by their standards in completing the double by defeating Milan in the Coppa Italian Final in Rome on Saturday evening.
The Biaconeri went on a remarkable run of league fixtures, winning 26 of their last 28 games to clinch a record 32nd Scudetto and are now aiming for a second successive double since manager Massimiliano Allegri took charge in 2014.
Milan need to win the trophy to take their place in the Europa League next season after falling away in the league to finish in seventh place. Their bad run cost manager Sinisa Mihajlovic his job last month after ten months in charge and new manager Cristian Brocchi now has a chance to pick up a trophy barely a month after taking over.
Sassuolo will be cheering on Juventus, as they will enter the Europa League for the first time in their history should Juve win after finishing 6th.
Let’s take a look at the runners and riders for this weekend’s Cup final and as always, find out where the betting value lies.
The Old lady of Turin have historically been the most successful team in Italy, but this season has certainly emphasised that fact. They were lying 11th in the table in October when they began the remarkable streak of 24 wins from 25 games that clinched the title for a countrywide record 32nd time and their fifth in a row. They also hold the record for the most Coppa Italia wins, which they hope to stretch to 11 victories this weekend.
The Rossoneri seemed set for a European place at the end of February, but a poor end to the season in which they only won 2 of their last 11 games saw the team finish 7th in the league and rely on a Coppa Italia victory to take their place at the European table next season. If not it would be three successive campaigns with no European football, not acceptable in the corridors prowled by Silvio Berlusconi. Even though the team finished three places higher than last season, manager Sinisa Mihajlovic lost his job last month and his replacement is the Milan born, former player Cristian Brocchi, who is in his first senior managerial role.
Milan have won the Coppa Italia on 5 occasions previously, the last time being in 2003.
Juventus – Apart from midfielder Claudio Marchisio, the team have a clean bill of health. Argentinian striker Paulo Dybala is the man in form with 5 goals in his last 3 games, and he leads their scoring charts with 23 in all competitions. He has also given his fans a boost by declaring that there is no truth in newspaper reports that he is about to join Real Madrid.
Milan – The Rossoneri report no injury worries, with their main hope of success falling on the shoulders of Colombian striker Carlos Bacca, who has had an excellent first season at the club since signing from Sevilla last summer for 30 million Euros. He has scored 8 goals in his last 11 appearances, and his total of 23 makes him the only Milan player to reach double figures this season.
Where does the betting value lie?
At a very slender 20/31, once again, backing Juve offers no value for bettors this weekend. With AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca enjoying a fruitful season netting 18 goals in Serie A, we fancy the underdogs to give the Old Lady a tough time this weekend and are backing them to take the lead through their dangerous Colombian forward.