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Juventus vs AC Milan: Key Battles and Predictions

Milan need to hold tight defensively and use their counters effectively to take anything from this game.

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AC Milan take on Juventus in the league tonight at the Allianz Stadium. Milan are missing a number of starters including the current captain Davide Calabria. We will likely see some debuts for players such as Pietro Pellegri. Here are some key battles to watch out for in the game:

Key Battles

Striker vs Goalkeeper

Ante Rebic vs Wojciech Szczesny

This match as Rebic’s dream as he has scored against in the previous two seasons since he joined the club but this game is tough with the extra pressure and lack of depth due to injuries. Szczesny has been error prone thus far this season and will hopefully pull a howler in this game to allow us to score. Similarly to the Liverpool game, Rebic will be largely quiet but needs that one moment of magic.

Central midfielder vs Central defensive midfielder

Manuel Locatelli vs Sandro Tonali

It was interesting match up to settle a ridiculous online debate over the two midfielders. The former Milan primavera player and the current top youth prospect of the club clash in a big match for the season. One will be driving forward and one defending the line, let’s see who can have the bigger impact and change the game. Tonali will need to be physically dominant and piercing with his passing.

Striker vs Centre back

Alvaro Morata vs Fikayo Tomori

Morata and Dybala will be the players to watch in attack but Morata usually does well against Milan scoring off rebounds and tap ins. Tomori will need to add extra pressure and get rid of any loose balls to ensure the Spain international cannot feed off the scraps. The defender will need to stand strong and utilise his pace to help Maignan.

Predictions

Rebic Winner

Tonali Winner

Tomori Winner