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AC Milan vs Cagliari : Key Battles and Predictions

Milan up against a tricky defensive side and lacking a bit of attacking creativity.

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AC Milan will play Cagliari tonight as fans return to the San Siro after more than a year. The Rossoneri will be looking for another three points but Semplici’s men will want to spoil the party as they did late in the last season. Here are some key battles to watch out for:

Key Battles

Striker vs Centre back

Olivier Giroud vs Diego Godin

Giroud’s will take on Godin in this game and going up against a back three where he will need to use his pace so as to avoid being outmuscled. The Frenchman needs to score his first goal sooner rather than later to build some confidence and a streak. Godin is a clever defender but age is catching up hence Giroud going up against him will be an interesting challenge.

Central midfielder vs Central attacking midfielder

Razvan Marin vs Brahim Diaz

New signing Marin has shown his versatility and his exceptional player management in the midfield. He is good at slowing down the play and cutting the passing lanes thus Diaz has his work cut out for him. He will need to dribble through the lines and release those final passes quick to pierce this tight midfield and defensive unit.

Left winger vs Right back

Estevao Dalbert vs Davide Calabria

Calabria wearing the captain’s armband is a huge responsibility on top of his defensive duties. Cagliari are a frustrating opponent hence it will be good to see how the player motivates his side and leads with a good performance. A big test for the defender who is just breaking into this role. He will need to shut down Dalbert to force Cagliari to play against Tonali and Co in the middle.

Predictions

Giroud Winner

Marin Winner

Calabria Winner