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Bologna vs AC Milan: Key Battles and Predictions

A big game for the side to show their ability to recover and to keep the hunt for a top four spot in focus.

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AC Milan travel to face Bologna on the road as Stefano Pioli looks to rally his side back from the midweek loss. Milan will be looking to continue their unbeaten run in the league as the side misses a number of key players but will have both Ibrahimovic and Giroud at their disposal. Here are some key battles to look out for:

Key Battles

Goalkeeper vs Striker

Rade Krunic vs Mattias Svanberg

Krunic is the attacking midfield role will need lots of support from Castillejo and Leao on the wings but he will need to up his passing game and try to find some passes through the gaps. The midfielder needs to take advantage of his strength to hold up the play and support Olivier Giroud. Svanberg is on form and will be all over Krunic so this battle will be particularly tough for us.

Striker vs Centre back

Marko Arnautovic vs Fikayo Tomori

Two former Premier League players going head to head. Arnautovic has the experience and physicality as well as a clinical finish. Tomori has his pace, aggression and a good understanding of the game. Tomori and Kjaer need to limit the shots as Tatarusanu is not inspiring lots of confidence at the moment hence the fewer shots he needs to save the better for us.

Central defensive midfielder vs Central attacking midfielder

Sandro Tonali vs Roberto Soriano

The Bologna captain will be going up against Tonali in this clash and it will be crucial to stop him as he keeps the ball moving for the side in recent weeks. He is good at distributing the ball from the middle down the wings and lobbing it over the defenders to one of the big strikers who can hold up the ball. Tonali has an important role to play on the defensive end as it looks like Bennacer will be given the permission to roam going forward.

Predictions

Svanberg Winner

Tomori Winner

Tonali Winner