Juventus-Milan: Probable formations

Alessio Romagnoli and Gonzalo Higuain during Juventus-Milan at the Juventus Stadium on the 25th of January 2017. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
Alessio Romagnoli and Gonzalo Higuain during Juventus-Milan at the Juventus Stadium on the 25th of January 2017. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

Update: Milan are opting for a more defensive approach with Alessio Romagnoli playing left back while Juventus are expected to use 4-2-3-1.

Milan play Juventus at the Juventus Stadium today at 20:45 CET and it will be the 28th matchday of the 2016/17 Serie A season. Milan and Juve coaches, Vincenzo Montella and Massimiliano Allegri, have almost decided on their starting XI’s.

Juventus have to do without the banned Juan Cuadrado as well as without Giorgio Chiellini, Paolo De Ceglie, Federico Mattiello, Rolando Mandragora and Stefano Sturaro. Due to the Colombian’s suspension, Allegri is going to switch back to 4-3-1-2 with Claudio Marchisio in midfield and Paulo Dybala behind Mario Mandžukić and Gonzalo Higuain. Mehdi Benatia and Leonardo Bonucci will start in defense.

Milan are without Ignazio Abate, Giacomo Bonaventura, Riccardo Montolivo, Keisuke Honda and Patrick Cutrone. After giving Leonel Vangioni a good run of games, it seems that Montella is preferring a more defensive option against Juve as Alessio Romagnoli is favourite to play on the left side alongside Cristian Zapata, Gabriel Paletta and Mattia De Sciglio in defense. Manuel Locatelli was in doubt for the match due to a fever but in the end was included in the squad; in any case, he’ll start on the bench with Mario Pasalic, Jose Sosa and Andrea Bertolacci in midfield.

UPDATE: According to Sky Italia, Suso is unable to start after all and Lucas Ocampos will play from the start against Juventus tonight. The Bianconeri meanwhile, are expected to start Andrea Barzagli as a right back with Marchisio on the bench and Dani Alves playing in attack behind Pipita.

Here are the probable formations for tonight according to Sky Italia:

Juventus F.C. (4-2-3-1) – Massimiliano Allegri (updated)
Gianluigi Buffon; Andrea Barzagli , Leonardo Bonucci, Medhi Benatia, Kwadwo Asamoah; Sami Khedira, Miralem Pjanic; Dani Alves, Paulo Dybala, Mario Mandžukić; Gonzalo Higuain.

AC Milan (4-3-3) – Vincenzo Montella (updated)
Gianluigi Donnarumma; Mattia De Sciglio, Cristian Zapata, Gabriel Paletta, Alessio Romagnoli; Mario Pasalic, Jose Sosa, Andrea Bertolacci; Gerard Deulofeu, Carlos Bacca, Lucas Ocampos.

Referee: Davide Massa.


  1. Playing Zapata, Pasalic and Bertolacci while you have Calabria/Antonelli, Kucka and Locatelli on the bench?

    This is Juventus not Crotone.

    Also, the more defensive approach won’t work. Juventus have forcefully had to change (to a more defensive formation) so we play into their hands if we start with a more defensive formation.

      • Manuel Locatelli was in doubt for the match due to a fever. Was = past tense.

        Even if he’s still not feeling 100% he’s still better than Pasalic.

          • Pasalic does not play at all.

            Pasalic starting instead of Kucka?
            We will be in for a sh*t-storm against the Juve midfield without Kucka. And playing with Pasalic is like playing with 2 man midfield against Juve’s 3 + Dybala.

          • We could play like we used to in the earlier part of the season when we had Bona in midfield.

            I’d like to See Loca and Kucka sitting deep and Sosa playing where Bona played.

            I just think Pasalic is like a 5 a side player, who is good technically but doesn’t really contribute offensively or defensively to the overall gameplay.

  2. Kucka should be playing from the start, because he adds a bit of steel and authority in the midfield, pasalic tends to disappear sometimes during games

  3. This will be a good game.The way Bertolacci plays in the middle with Sosa will definitely be key for Suso and Deulofeu.I have a feeling Pasalic is going to score.My prediction Juv 1 AC milan 2

  4. It’s what La Gazzetta is suggesting our formation will be & they probably got a point. I don’t like it all, playing Roma at LB (while Zapata keeps his position) and giving Pasalic another nod is not what I want. This formation will not prevent Juve from making chances but will only limit our potential in going forward…but hey Montella is responsible for his actions. That being said I don’t expect anything from this match…point would be great!

  5. Keep the focus up, Lads! Milan may not be Serie A champion this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t whoop Juventus’s ass. So you guys know, there are people who will wake up in 3 am just to watch (or even follow the livescore) just to know the progress of the game. Make us PROUD!!

  6. I don’t like Romagnoli at left-back but the thought of Vangioni up against Dybala gives me nightmares so I’ll take Romagnoli over Vangioni. Antonelli is also obviously not 100% so the only other option could be Calabria on the right and De Sciglio back on the left but Calabria hasn’t played much recently so I don’t know …

  7. what if we win with Romagnol at the Lb? Chew your words. Milan will come out with clean 3 points. If Zapata only put full concentration in the game for 90 min, then we have less to worry. plus I’d like to see Lapadula introduced in the 2nd half. Good luck Milan. The coach knows what is best for the team. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t discredit anyone. It all up to opinions.

  8. Kouroush clearly captures my curiosities as well as my fears. Since Montella has a clearer understand of the situation in the camp, we have to give him the benefit of doubt, last. week he paired a match rusty Romagnoli with a seemingly unreliable Zapata and it paid off, so lets count on the same luck toady. Suso and Locatelli will give us more options from the bench, my only worry is Ocampos but I pray he enjoys a good day in office

  9. I miss the old Milan and really think that they are on the right track…it will be one hell of a match (Juve fan)


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