Best Odds: 5/2
The return of Serie A took some time, as you can probably imagine given the magnitude of the Coronavirus pandemic, but we’re finally back with teams up and down the league looking towards a positive end to the campaign. It may not be the sort of grandstand finish to the season that many of us would’ve initially envisaged, but you can bet we’re still going to get some intriguing match-ups – with one such example being the clash between AC Milan and Roma this weekend.
While going out of the Coppa Italia on away goals may have been hard to take, the actual performance Milan put in against Juventus gave fans hope that they could have a strong end to the season. Then, when they tore through Lecce in their last outing, it became clear that Milan are ready to fight across the next 11 league games. Whether or not they’ve got the quality to compete with the likes of Roma, though, is a different matter.
Kjaer is said to have avoided any ligament damage with his recent injury but still won’t feature on Sunday. Duarte is also expected to miss out with Gabbia being tipped to feature, whereas Ibrahimovic is still on the shelf. That should ensure that Rebic continues to start as Milan’s sole striker.
There’s a lot going on behind the scenes for Roma as we look ahead to the summer transfer window, but on the pitch, they’re still focused on trying to do everything they can to chase down Atalanta. They edged past Sampdoria in their return game, and with those three points came a boost in their confidence. They know that it’s easy for them to get dragged into a back and forth slugfest, and they’ll be doing everything in their power to avoid that this weekend.
Mancini is back from injury with Pellegrini and Under both being tipped to make an appearance. Dzeko is likely to lead the line for the visitors who are expected to go with a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Factors to Consider
- In their last meeting back in October, Roma beat AC Milan 2-1.
- AC Milan have won two, drawn three and lost one of their last six games.
- Roma have won four, drawn one and lost one of their last six games.
- AC Milan have scored eight goals and conceded five in their last six games.
- Roma have scored 13 goals and conceded seven in their last six games.
Roma have more natural goalscorers in their ranks, but people shouldn’t underestimate Milan’s ability to keep teams at bay. It doesn’t appear as if there’s any real chance of them catching those above them, but even with that being the case, we still believe they’ll play hard and really get stuck in against Roma. It isn’t going to be a particularly entertaining game of football, unless you’re interested in seeing a tense chess match that eventually ends 0-0.
Best Odds: 5/2
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