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Cagliari vs AC Milan: Key Battles and Predictions

Breathing space in needed for Milan as Inter keep closing the gap.

AC Milan v Cagliari Calcio - Serie A Photo by Giuseppe Cottini/NurPhoto via Getty Images

17th placed Cagliari vs 1st placed AC Milan means that the pressure is firmly on the Rossoneri to collect all 3 points. Here we discuss who are the most likely players to make the difference in tonight’s game at the Sardegna Arena.

Key Battles

Striker vs Centre Back

Zlatan Ibrahimovic vs Diego Godin

Making his full return to first-team football, Ibrahimovic will be key fighting against the veteran Godin in what might be an ugly battle. Expect a few tussles and hands to fly when these two go at it.

Center Midfield vs Center Midfield

Radja Nainggolan vs Franck Kessie

Two of the toughest midfielders in the league toe to toe will be a fascinating battle. Kessie and Naingolan both will be essential to controlling the midfield, and it is surely going to be a fierce battle with someone forced to sit back and be overrun.

Center Forward vs Center Back

Joao Pedro vs Simon Kjaer

Joao Pedro is a tricky and smart player when given the chance, with Kjaer now fully back to fitness and in the starting squad, it will be another important game for the Dane. Milan will want to keep a clean sheet and will be relying on Kjaer to folly any attempts from the skillful Brazilian.

Predictions

Ibrahimovic Winner

Kessie Winner

Kjaer Winner