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Juventus keeping streak alive

One of the most traditional encounters in Italian football will decide who will be the first finalist in this season’s Coppa Italia. Juventus welcome AC Milan at the Allianz Stadium with a 1-1 draw from the first leg. If the semifinal will go ahead at all after several weekend postponements in the Serie A.

Juventus have a somewhat of a hole in their trophy cabinet since they failed to win the Coppa Italia last season. After winning in four years on the bounce they felt a kind of ownership not unlikely their relationship with the Scudetto. They had to see Lazio run with the silverware though last spring and now they are looking to make amends.

They should be confident of reaching the final after a 1-1 away draw in the first leg. The old lady had a tough time in Milan though and the question is whether they had managed the equalizer, had the home side not been reduced to 10 men. Even then it took the 90th minute Cristiano Ronaldo penalty to grab the draw. Juventus are second in Serie A, with Lazio claiming top spot after their match against Inter was postponed. Vecchia Signora has won their last seven home matches, scoring at least twice in each of them.

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They are unbeaten at home in 20 games and their last home defeat against an Italian side was at home in April 2018. The last time Juve lost a home tie in the Italian Cup was 2015! Milan has a big task on their hands. The visitors will be regretting giving away that late goal in the first leg. They are seventh in Serie A and had shown good form earlier this year with five straight wins.

They have won two of their last five games but visits to Atalanta and Inter saw them concede nine goals in total. Milan nearly missed this semifinal as well as they needed a last-minute equalizer to force extra time against Torino. Juventus should make home advantage pay dividends here and squeeze into the final against Inter or Napoli. Apart from enjoying a fantastic run at home in the cup, Juve is also on a seven-match winning streak at home against Milan. We aim for number eight.

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