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Juventus vs AC Milan: Key Battles and Predictions

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This biggest six pointer of the past eight or so years for Milan.

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

AC Milan face Juventus away tonight in a match that will have major implications in the race for top four and a spot in next season’s Champions League. Milan and Juventus head into the game on level points. Stefano Pioli has the full squad at his disposal and will need to efficiently manage the game to pull off a similar upset to last season.

Key Battles

Central midfielder vs Central defensive midfielder

Rodrigo Bentancur vs Ismael Bennacer

This will be the key battle in my opinion. Bentancur is the driving force of this Juventus side especially in the transition from defence to attack, Bennacer will need to press him hard whilst simultaneously getting passes behind him to free up Saelemaekers and Calhanoglu. Milan will rely heavily on Bennacer to find his form and keep his cool in this game to get any type of positive result.

Centre back vs Striker

Giorgio Chiellini vs Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Ibrahimovic is going to have to spar with both Chiellini and de Ligt but I believe the latter will be man marking him for the game as de Ligt occupies the freer role in defence to track the wider runs. Ibrahimovic will need to produce some magic in this game as it is a season defining game where he will have to show his leadership and provide an exceptional performance.

Central midfielder vs Central defensive midfielder

Adrien Rabiot vs Franck Kessie

Another midfield battle to watch is that of the muscle between Kessie and Rabiot/McKennie. The Ivorian will need to impose himself as he has on numerous occasions this season and not allow the opposition midfield to control possession, push forward or track back effectively. Kessie is a big game player and hopefully he pulls something out of the bag in this game as we desperately need it.

Predictions

Bennacer Winner

Ibrahimovic Winner

Kessie Winner