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Torino vs AC Milan: Key Battles and Predictions

Milan have their second game in Turin in less than a week, hopefully we get the same result.

Juventus v AC Milan - Serie A Photo by Sportinfoto/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

AC Milan face Torino in a critical tie to secure a Champions League place and a game where the nerve of the Rossoneri will be tested after their big win. Milan go into the tie without veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and thus will look to one of Ante Rebic, Hakan Calhanoglu, Brahim Diaz and Samu Castillejo to get the goals.

Key Battles

Striker vs Centre back

Ante Rebic vs Lyanco/Bremer

Rebic had a solid performance against Juventus but will need to back it up with another good display as he leads the line against Torino. The two centre backs in the back three that he will primarily deal with are very physical but slightly slow. He needs to use that pace to break free and pass more often than dribble to beat them and get behind on goal.

Striker vs Centre back

Andrea Belotti vs Fikayo Tomori

In my opinion, Belotti is a huge test for Tomori and he is a Serie A veteran with an unorthodox style of play and a knack for messy goals. It will be vital for Tomori to pressure him throughout and not give him the space on headers or shots from within the box. Belotti is very unpredictable and difficult to watch, he will also be looking to carry his team as they are not yet safe from relegation.

Right wing back vs Left back

Wilfred Singo vs Theo Hernandez

This will be another interesting battle as Milan are keen on Singo for right back in the summer. The defender will be playing wide in the 3-5-2 and is strong and fast which is usually a deadly combo against Hernandez who often overcommits going forward and leaves gaps in the defence. Hernandez will also be needed to supplement the attack as Milan will need additional firepower to break the expected wall.


Rebic Winner

Tomori Winner

Singo Winner