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Key Battles: Atalanta vs AC Milan

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Milan will a tough game ahead and a critical 90 minutes for the season.

AC Milan v Cagliari Calcio - Serie A Photo by Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

AC Milan play Atalanta away as the Rossoneri attempt to grab a Champions League place after about seven years. Milan have a huge mountain to climb this evening but the side has the quality to pull off an upset and take the win.

Key Battles

Central defensive midfielder vs Attacking midfielder

Franck Kessie vs Ruslan Malinovskyi

Kessie will have a big task of shutting down in form attacker Malinovskyi who has been scoring freely and providing a number of assists in the recent games. Kessie will need to cut his passing lanes and bully him to keep passing back. This will be a match up that determines the outcome of the game.

Centre back vs Striker

Fikayo Tomori vs Duvan Zapata

Tomori and Kjaer will need to keep him isolated but Tomori will need to match his speed and strength as Kjaer can be outrun by Zapata. He cannot be allowed the space to shoot and cannot be lost on marking as he is good with his head especially off set pieces where Milan have struggled. Tomori needs to be aggressive and given Atalanta no space.

Central attacking midfielder vs Defensive midfielders

Brahim Diaz vs Remo Freuler/Martin de Roon

Diaz made a huge difference against Juventus and Torino and hopefully he match that intensity and skill in Bergamo. He needs to ensure he is not pushed around by a physical central defensive midfield unit but if he can cut through and pick out some good passes he could pick apart their defence.

Predictions

Kessie Winner

Tomori Winner

Diaz Winner