Juventus welcome AC Milan at the Allianz Stadium on Sunday night
The Old Lady are at the top of the table with 29 points from their 11 fixtures this season, while Milan have only picked up 13 from the same number of matches, leaving them down in 11th position.
Juventus have won nine and drawn two of their 11 league matches this term, and second-placed Inter Milan are just one point off the summit face Hellas Verona on Saturday looking to move to the top of the table.
The Old Lady need to be in impressive form this season to hold off the threat of Inter, and Maurizio Sarri‘s side will bring a three-game winning run into Sunday night’s contest in Turin.
Juventus have won more Italian league titles than Milan (18), but the Red and Blacks have not lifted the trophy since since 2010-11. The Italian giants actually finished as low as 10th in 2014-15 but managed finish fifth last season.
Milan are only three points off the top eight but sit eight points off fourth-placed Lazio, and there has been little to suggest that the club are capable of challenging for the top-four finish during the 2019-20 campaign.
Cristiano Ronaldo picked up a knee injury during Juve’s Champions League clash with Lokomotiv.
Giorgio Chiellini and Mattia Perin will be out, Matthijs de Ligt is unlikely to recover from an ankle injury, and Daniele Rugani could continue in central defence.
Paulo Dybala over Gonzalo Higuain, while Aaron Ramsey could keep his spot in an attacking position.
Blaise Matuidi is also expected to return to the XI this weekend for what is a huge game.
Samu Castillejo is a huge doubt due to a muscular problem, while Suso also faces a late fitness test after being forced to sit out the clash with Lazio last time out.
Ante Rebic alongside Krzysztof Piatek, who was excellent last season but has managed just three league goals thus far this term.
Indeed, the team’s only win since October 5 was at home to basement side SPAL. They lost 2-1 at Roma towards the end of last month while they were on the wrong end of the same scoreline at home to Lazio last weekend.
Milan are going through a tough period and the visitors certainly have players capable of making it a tough evening for the champions.
Juventus possible starting lineup: Szczesny; Cuadrado, Bonnuci, Rugani, Sandro; Khedira, Matuidi, Pjanic, Ramsey; Ronaldo, Dybala
AC Milan possible starting lineup: Donnarumma; Calabria, Duarte, Romagnoli, Hernandez; Bonaventura, Bennacer, Paqueta; Calhanoglu, Piatek, Rebic