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AC Milan - Torino Preview: A chance to build momentum for Milan

After qualifying for the round of 32 in UEL, Montella’s men look to replicate the form in the league too

AC Milan v Austria Wien - UEFA Europa League Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

A victory with a statement:

Who doesn’t like a win? Specially a convincing one? My guess, no one. Austria Wien could mean something more than just 3 points and a qualification for the round of 32 for Milan. Cutrone and Silva bulldozed the Austria Wien’s defence and those braces weren’t just your average goals, they meant a statement. The young lads made the statement; why they need to start more often than usual.

AC Milan v Austria Wien - UEFA Europa League
Patrick Cutrone: What a talent he is.
Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

Today, Milan will face Mihajlović’s Torino. Milan with 19 points sitting 9th whereas Torino is sitting on 10th with 18 points. Milan will be looking to find their way back into the Serie A and so will Torino who have just managed to win 1 out of their last 6 matches in the Serie A.

Leonardo Bonucci & Andrea Belotti

Torino FC v AC Chievo Verona - Serie A Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

Today’s match will see a classic battle between Leonardo Bonucci & Andrea Belotti. If you remember last season’s campaign, I am sure you would be able to remember the breakout star in Italy, Andrea Belotti. The Italian netted 26 goals in his last campaign but this year Torino’s starlet is struggling to find the same rhythm again. Though, its not at all his performances that are to be blamed for the goal draught but rather the whole team’s performance. Bonucci is not a stranger to his compatriot striker and has faced him during his time in Juventus.

If Torino is to come out of San Siro with 3 points tomorrow, they need Belotti to start firing on all cylinders to make that possible. Belotti, who has failed to score since September, told La Gazzetta dello Sport: "My goals will come back. It's not an obsession for me.”

Suso’s injury update:

FC Crotone v AC Milan - Serie A Photo by Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images

The star Spaniard is out due to the injury in the clash against Napoli in San Paolo and is set to miss this match as well. Reports have claimed that Suso has been training behind the doors to recover well and avoid any further damage. The Rossoneri’s captain was subbed on Thursday night, so he might be a wee bit doubtful but we expect that was just a knock and nothing disastrous.

Milans predicted starting XI:

Donnarumma, Zapata, Bonnuci, Rodriguez, Borini, Kessie, Biglia, Calabria, Calhanoglu, Kalinic, Silva

Torino predicted starting XI:

Sirigu, De Silvestri, N'Koulou, Burdisso, Ansaldi, Obi, Rincon, Baselli, Falque, Belotti, Ljajic

Predictions:

Both teams are separated by just a single point in the league table and both will try to regain their momentum. This will be a test for Milan after that 5 goals rout in UEL, it will test them how often they can perform to that level against a better opponent. Torino’s Belotti is suffering and the defence isn’t helping to keep a single clean sheet so far this season.

2-1 to Milan.