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Match Preview: Lazio vs AC Milan Form, H2H and Players To Watch

Milan have a must win game here and Stefano Pioli needs to demonstrate that he can perform under pressure and with the burden of expectations.

AC Milan v Genoa CFC - Serie A Photo by Claudio Villa./Getty Images

AC Milan face Lazio away from home in a crucial fixture for the Champions League race. Milan will be looking to pick up points to get back into second place. Milan are still without Zlatan Ibrahimovic and will need to rely on Mario Mandzukic, Ante Rebic from the start and Rafael Leao off the bench for goals.

H2H

Milan 3 - 2 Lazio

Lazio 0 - 3 Milan

Milan 1 - 2 Lazio

Milan 0 - 1 Lazio (Coppa)

Milan 1 - 0 Lazio

Form Guide (all competitions)

Milan: W, D, W, W, L

Lazio: W, W, W, W, L

Players to Watch

Franck Kessie

Kessie will be instrumental in this game as he will need to be physical and all encompassing to keep the dynamic Lazio midfield at bay. Moreover, Kessie tends to step up in the Lazio games and this will be key today as we must win the game or we basically are left high and dry in the UCL race.

Mario Mandzukic

Mandzukic gets a start at long last. He has been decent in his flashes off the bench but is yet to be tested in a situation where he gets to make the difference. This is a huge game and one that he was specifically brought in to impact. The striker is experienced and should be looking to draw fouls in and around the box to keep Lazio’s defence nervous.

Sergej Milinkovic Savic

Milinkovic-Savic is in red hot form as Lazio have 4 wins in their previous 5 games. The midfielder has 8 goals and 10 assists in the league which includes a goal or assist in each of the previous three games. The midfielder will be pressing forward and testing a Milan defence that has been very leaky in recent weeks hence will need to be kept in check by Kessie and Bennacer.

Prediction: Lazio 1 - 2 Milan