Goal.com Worldview: Real Madrid v AC Milan - Predictions & Players To Watch

Goal.com's team of editors give their opinions on this week's Champions League showpiece occasion...
Prediction: Real Madrid 3-1 AC Milan

Although the Rossoneri picked up a win over the weekend against Roma, there is still a lot of uncertainty in the Milan team. Their Champions League form has been unconvincing too, with a narrow win and a disappointing defeat to their name so far. Going to one of the cauldrons of European football could be a step too far for Leonardo's side and their Champions League credentials could be in jeopardy come the end of the encounter. For their part, Real Madrid continue to impress as an attacking force, even if the defence has been characteristically loose. However, los Merengues, with Kaka in their ranks, should have enough in their armour to despatch AC Milan.

Player to Watch: Gonzalo Higuain

The Argentinian striker has been on a rich vein of form, netting his first international goal last week and coming off the bench to score against Valladolid at the weekend. Higuain has had to work even harder for his first-team opportunities this season but will be handed a starting shirt for this tie, according to reports. He will be looking to punch in an impressive display in order to cement a spot in the team.

Peter Staunton, Goal.com International

Prediction: Real Madrid 1-1 AC Milan

I believe that Milan's morale is high after the Roma victory. I think it is a very important match for Ronaldinho as he returns to Spain and he will take advantage of the spaces in between the midfield and Real Madrid's defensive line to score a goal.  For Madrid, they are still not working well as a team and Valladolid isn't like Milan. Kaka will be easily controlled by Milan. I expect Milan will achieve a draw and may even win the match.

Player to Watch: Ronaldinho

He will split open Madrid's back four with his passes. He has some surprises up his sleeve as well and looks to have his 'mojo' back.

Mohammed Awaad, Goal.com Arabic editon

Prediction: Real Madrid 0-1 AC Milan

Against Rome, we saw the pride of the real Milan. I think the Rossoneri will muster up a great performance in Madrid. Milan need a big victory and will want Ronaldinho to make a big impression. It will be a tough match but in the end, I think that Milan can win the game. The Rossoneri are a different team in the Champions League.

Player to Watch: Ronaldinho

Ronaldinho will be the player of the game. He hasn't lived up to the lofty expectations placed upon since his move to Milan but he has lots of pride. Ronaldinho can make a difference in Madrid. He wants to play for Brazil in the World Cup next year, so he wants to beat Real Madrid and Kaka! If he wants to return to being the number one player in the world, he needs a great game in the Bernabeu.

Fabrizio Ponciroli, Goal.com Italy

Prediction: Real Madrid 3-1 AC Milan

Milan, despite the false dawn of a late win over Roma, are at a low ebb. Meanwhile Real Madrid are high on confidence and have yet to suffer defeat at home this season, unlike a Rossoneri side unable to net against Zurich. While the inconsistency of the Blancos' back line is always a cause for concern, they have sufficient firepower, not to mention invention from the likes of Xabi Alonso in 'defensive' midfield, to exploit Milan's ponderousness. That said, the Italians will not be disgraced, and will manage an away goal.

Player to Watch: Xabi Alonso

The ex-Liverpool man put in a superb assist against Valladolid at the weekend, showing that he is starting to pick up steam after a slow start in a white shirt. It will be intriguing to see how he reacts to playing against a side against whom his former club have so much history, but the game has come at the right time for him and as such he's set to impress.

Ewan Macdonald, Goal.com International

Prediction: Real Madrid 2-0 AC Milan

At this moment Real Madrid are in far better form than AC Milan and I don't think they will let the Rossoneri surprise them, even though they beat Roma on Sunday. Real Madrid have a lot more power, energy and pure quality than the Italian outfit, so everything is in Real's advantage.

Player to Watch: Raul

The legendary los Blancos striker is still going strong. There is nothing more left to say about this football icon.

Tommy Vaneldik, Goal.com Netherlands

Prediction: Real Madrid 4-2 AC Milan

Real Madrid's team is far stronger all around. Crucially, they will have too much pace and power for Milan. Cristiano Ronaldo would have been particularly devastating in a game like this, but even so, there will likely be too much firepower within Madrid's team, though Milan will be hugely motivated and thus nothing is certain.
Player to watch: Lass Diarra

If there's one player that can be guaranteed to perform and really trouble Milan for the entire 90 minutes, it's Lass. The forwards don't always play consistently in this current Madrid team, as they are still developing their style, but Lass always dominates the midfield. He will be a destructive force, but also deceptively strong in possession and energetic in midfield -- Milan's main weakness.

Sulmaan Ahmad, Goal.com UK

Prediction: Real Madrid 3-1 AC Milan

I didn't see Milan's victory over Roma on Sunday evening, but I watched their loss to Zurich in the Champions League. Milan have been struggling in Serie A and in their last match against Roma they only picked up a victory with the referee's help. Milan's players are old and can't play fast for the whole 90 minutes. Ronaldinho, in my opinion will struggle against Madrid because he will be neutralised by Xabi Alonso and Lass.

Sergey Glebov, Goal.com Russia