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Key Battles and Prediction: AC Milan vs Fiorentina

Can the Rossoneri pull together a result and get things going in the league?

AC Milan v SS Lazio - Serie A TIM Photo by Claudio Villa/AC Milan via Getty Images

AC Milan face Fiorentina at the San Siro tonight amidst an injury crisis and a terrible run of form. Stefano Pioli has one win in the previous five league games and is falling out of the title race. It is a big opportunity for the new signings to step up.

Here are some key battles to look out for:

Key Battles

Left back vs Right winger

Cristian Biraghi vs Samuel Chukwueze

The Nigerian winger gets a second consecutive start and needs to repay the faith of the manager now. He is yet to score and has provided just one assist since joining this summer but he has been injured for a stretch. This game is crucial as Milan are in danger of jeopardising their good start to the season and dropping further off the title race. Chukwueze goes up against Biraghi who is very experienced and can jumpstart attacks too. It is time for him to step up as the summer signing with the most hype.

Central midfielder vs Central attacking midfielder

Rade Krunic vs Giacomo Bonaventura

The news this morning is that Pioli will deploy Krunic instead of Musah from the first minute. The decision seems odd as Musah is in better form despite his errors in the previous game. Krunic has struggled to keep up in recent games since returning from injury and looks slow when trying to put pressure and win the ball. Bonaventura on the other hand is in fine form and has been netting quite a few goals this season from his trequartista role. The midfield battle will be key as the Rossoneri need to be able to hold possession and push up to force a goal with this largely untested attack.

Goalkeeper vs Striker

Pietro Terracciano vs Luka Jovic

The one battle we need to win is having Jovic fire into the back of the net against his former side and a goalkeeper who will know his strengths. The stats of the striker are laughable going into the game with literally two shots on goal all season. Terracciano has not been in the best of form but has two cleans sheets and has been making important saves allowing Fiorentina to fight for European places. Jovic has a responsibility to finally deliver in front of goal especially amidst this injury crisis.

Predictions

Chukwueze Winner

Bonaventura Winner

Terracciano Winner