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Serie A Week 12 Preview: the Milan vs. Juventus Showdown

It's been a while since I've written on the site, and apologies for that, but we are back with an action packed Week 12 in Serie A. The main showdown is Milan-Juventus, of course, but before we discuss that let's get to a couple of other intriguing match-ups.

Genoa v. Napoli (Saturday at 20:30 CEST)

Every Napoli game is must watch. The partenopei are six points behind Juventus in the standings, but are having a great season and competing in both Serie A and the Champions League. Carlo Ancelotti has them coming off a great performance against PSG, and he will want to build on that against Genoa. It's a tricky match as facing Genoa away is always a bit difficult. Napoli have done well to thrash the smaller sides in Serie A this season, and I expect that to continue this weekend given that they would like to keep the pressure on Juventus. Genoa also have not been in great form lately, losing to both Milan clubs last week, including a 5-0 loss to Inter.

Players to watch

Napoli: Lorenzo Insigne

Genoa: Krzystof Piatek

Prediction

Genoa 0-3 Napoli

Atalanta v. Inter (Sunday at 12:30 CEST)

This game is very important for Inter as they are coming off a string of good results in Serie A and an important draw against Barcelona in the Champions League. They currently sit in joint second with Napoli, six points behind Juventus. They will also try to keep the pressure on Juventus and will want to keep up with Napoli if they win their match against Genoa on Saturday. Inter have won seven matches in a row in Italy since the 1-0 loss to Parma in September. Atalanta, on the other hand, have won three in a row and currently sit 10th in the table. This is a tough away match for the nerazzurri and they are due for a slip up in the league.

Players to watch

Atalanta: Papu Gomez

Inter: Mauro Icardi

Prediction

Atalanta 1-1 Inter

Milan v. Juventus (Sunday at 20:30 CEST)

This is always a highly anticipated fixture, but this season it has even more storylines. Leonardo Bonucci will be making his return to the San Siro after one, highly unsuccessful season at Milan. On the other hand, Gonzalo Higuain will face off against his former side who deemed him surplus to requirements after the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo. It will also be Ronaldo's first trip to the San Siro as a Juventus player. Milan are decimated by injuries, as Lucas Biglia, Mateo Musacchio and others could be missing for the match. One positive for the rossoneri is the return of Higuain, who left the match against Udinese last Sunday due to injury. Juventus will also want to win after a disappointing loss to Manchester United in the Champions League midweek.

Players to watch

Milan: Gonzalo Higuain

Juventus: Cristiano Ronaldo

Prediction

Milan 1-3 Juventus

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