This Sunday, an intriguing clash of two Italian footballing giants occurs as an out-of-form Juventus welcomes AC Milan to the Allianz Stadium in Turin in game week 4 of Serie A.
Three games into the new campaign, it has been a contrasting start to the season for these two sides with Juventus struggling badly, picking up just 1 point following defeats at home to Empoli and at Napoli while Milan has started like a train, taking maximum points from their opening match-ups including a 4:1 win over Cagliari.
However, Juve did pick up a morale-boosting win in Malmo this week while Milan came from behind only to lose 3:2 at Liverpool in what could prove to be an energy-sapping defeat for Pioli´s side.
Still, with 8 points already separating these two sides, the hosts already find themselves under serious pressure with returning boss Max Allegri struggling to re-create the glories of his first spell in charge of the I Bianconeri.
Of course, it is still early days for Allegri, however, a defeat here would surely be unthinkable for a side that had dominated Italian football for a near-decade before their meek surrender in last season´s bitterly disappointing campaign, which saw Juve scrape into the CL in 4th spot.
Recent meetings between these sides have favoured Milan, who recorded an excellent 3:0 win at this venue last season, having failed to win in Turin since 2011, and the Rossoneri have lost just 1 of their last 5 matches against the home side.
Ultimately, given both recent form and Milan´s improving form against Juve in recent years, we´re backing the away side to emerge with at least a point at decent 1.66 odds with Juve still struggling to adapt to life without CR7.
Indeed, while recent meetings have usually produced a winner, with only 2 of the last 14 contests finishing a level, we have a feeling the points could be shared here with a potentially fatigued Milan earning a hard-fought point.