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AC Milan vs Inter Milan: Key Battles and Predictions

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The first place spot is on the line and Milan need a big win to announce that they are back.

AC Milan v FC Crotone - Serie A Photo by Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

AC Milan take on Inter Milan in a title defining derby della Madonnina for the first time in over a decade. Milan come into the game in second as Inter sit top of the table. There will be lots of tension especially between Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku, but we hope for a good display where Milan come out with three points.

Key Battles

Centre back vs Striker

Alessio Romagnoli vs Romelu Lukaku

Romagnoli always has a hard time with Lukaku but manages the situations well more often than not. He will frustrate the striker this afternoon and look to keep him quiet. Romagnoli has had a poor season thus far but this seems like the perfect game t turn it around with a solid defensive display. He is the captain and he will demonstrate that today.

Left back vs Right wing back

Theo Hernandez vs Achraf Hakimi

Hernandez has become one of the key liabilities against opposition who target him. Inter will do just that as Hakimi will be barrelling down that wing all game long. Hernandez needs to ensure he is not out of position when running forward and will need to be a bigger defensive presence than usual to ensure he is not exploited by the Moroccan.

Right winger vs Centre back

Ante Rebic vs Milan Skriniar

Rebic loves the derby. He is a player for the big games and it does not get any bigger than this. He scored in the fixture last year and will look to do the same today. He will need to be mindful of Skriniar's movements but should focus on using pace to round the defence and make some key contributions.

Predictions

Romagnoli Winner

Hakimi Winner

Rebic Winner