Prediction: AC Milan vs Roma

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Prediction: Roma win

Best Odds: 31/10

Bookmaker: 888sport

Serie A football is back and as is the case with plenty of other leagues across Europe, they’ve got a lot of catching up to do after the winter break. Italian football, in a lot of ways, is starting to make a real comeback in terms of its prestige – and it’ll be interesting to see if they can maintain that momentum. Today, we’ll take a look at the tussle between top flight regulars AC Milan and Roma.

AC Milan

After capturing the Serie A title last season, it’s all but confirmed that AC Milan are back in business as a top team in Europe. This time around, they’re once again in the hunt – but with Napoli leading the charge. There won’t be as much pressure on them as there has been in years gone by during their golden years, but with plenty of sides breathing down their neck, fans will expect them to step up.

Team News

The list of injuries that Milan have to deal with right now is insane. The following players are on the shelf: Maignan, Ibrahimovic, Florenzi, Messias, Krunic, Origi, Rebic, Ballo-Toure and Kjaer.

Roma

The appointment of Jose Mourinho was always going to be a risk at this stage in his career. Alas, he’s done a solid enough job with Roma, specially given the resurgence of Italian football. This squad is capable of pushing any team to the limit and their recent form showcases that, and after winning the Conference League last season, they’ll believe they can kick in the second half of this campaign.

Team News

Darboe and Wijnaldum are out through injury with Abraham expected to return to the starting XI for this one.

Factors to Consider

  • Milan are 2nd in the Serie A table whereas Roma are 6th.
  • Milan have won two, drawn one and lost three of their last six games.
  • Roma have won three, drawn two and lost one of their last six games.
  • Milan have scored six goals and conceded 11 in their last six games.
  • Roma have scored eight goals and conceded six in their last six games.

Conclusion

If there’s something the visitors know how to do, it’s spring an upset or two. Given the pressure on the hosts to perform, we can see Roma frustrating them with a lot of physicality and that known Jose ability to dig deep and grind out an important win. We think Milan will get on the scoresheet but eventually, Roma will edge out a 2-1 victory to give their top four hopes a huge boost.

Prediction: Roma win

Best Odds: 31/10

Bookmaker: 888sport

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