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Sassuolo vs AC Milan: H2H, Players To Watch and Prediction

Milan with another six pointer which can deliver a Europa League finish.

AC Milan v US Sassuolo - Serie A Photo by Claudio Villa./Getty Images

Venue: Mapei Stadium

Form

AC Milan: W, W, D, W, W

Sassuolo: W, W, W, D, D

Head to Head

3 Wins. 2 Draws.

Milan 0 - 0 Sassuolo

Milan 1 - 0 Sassuolo

Sassuolo 1 - 4 Milan

Milan 1 - 1 Sassuolo

Sassuolo 0 - 2 Milan

Sassuolo come into the game unbeaten since the restart of football just like Milan. They have collected 16 points where Milan have 20 out of a possible 24. They have scored 12 goals in their last 5 games but also conceded 8. They sit 8 points below us in the table in eighth place thus a win would guarantee Milan a minimum of a 7th place finish and a shot at the Europa League through qualification.

Top 3 Match-Ups

Berardi/Boga vs Hernandez/Calabria

This is where the game will be won or lost. If Hernandez and Calabria can keep Berardi and Boga from cutting in from the wings, we can null their attack. Moreover, if the wing backs can effectively support Milan's attack especially on the counter similar to the influence they had against Bologna last time. Kessie and Bennacer will also have a role to press the attackers and not to allow long shots.

Caputo vs Donnarumma

Donnarumma will be playing his 200th game for the Rossoneri tonight thus it will be a huge milestone for the young goalkeeper. He will very much want to mark the occasion with a clean sheet as Juan Musso from Udinese has caught up (they both have 12 clean sheets). He will need to keep out Caputo who scores the odd goals and his reflexes will definitely be called into action, thus this will be another key match up.

Calhanoglu vs Locatelli

Calhanoglu will be vital in this game as Sassuolo have a leaky defence. If Calhanoglu can circumvent Locatelli and open up spaces for Rebic and Ibrahimovic. Calhanoglu has also been one of figures attempting a wealth of shots winning us corners and rebounds, this will be key again to rack up the goals early.

Serie A Standings

Milan 7th 56 Points

Sassuolo 8th 48 Points

Both sides have been scoring almost freely in recent weeks thus it stands to reason that the game will have a lot of goals. However, I think it will be a similar encounter to the Napoli game which starts off cagey. Milan need to score early as they did last time out to dictate the tempo and to make those crucial substitutions to keep Romagnoli, Kjaer, Hernandez and Rebic away from bookings.

Prediction:

Sassuolo 2 - 2 Milan