AC Milan vs. AS Roma / Serie A – Sixth-placed Milan and fifth-positioned Roma will meet in first out of two derbies of the seventh round of Italian Serie A. Both teams have the same number of points but Roma played one match fewer than the Rossoneri. Both teams won difficult away matches in European leagues last week, and we need add that Roma won both their head-to-head played last season. Begins: 01.10.2017 – 18:00 CET
However, that should be now only an additional motive for the Rossoneir to try to revenge at their San Siro stadium, especially as they owe to their fans after last week’s away defeat to Sampdoria. In that match coach Montella players didn’t exactly make a name for themselves and that was second away match this season with such outcome, given that Milan previously lost away match with Lazio.
On the other hand, Milan has perfect score at home in the league so far, while in the Europa League it firstly won Craiova and Shkendi in the qualification, and then in the group phase it defeated Austria away 4-1 and last week Rijeka 3-2 at home. That match showed once again certain weaknesses in Milan’s game, and on Sunday they will surely have a hard time against Roma. Due to injuries that match will skip defenders Conti and Antonelli, and midfielders Montolivo and Calhanoglu.
Probable lineups AC Milan: G. Donnarumma – Musacchio, Bonucci, Romagnoli – Abate, Kessie, Biglia, Bonaventura, Rodriguez – Suso, Kalinic
Unlike Milan that displayed a bit weaker performances in last two matches, Roma players won before this Sunday’s derby of Serie A even four matches in a row. Three were won in the league and one in the Champions League, where Roma won three very important points four days ago when it played against Azerbaijani Qarabag. Before that Roma drew at home with Atletico Madrid, so these points won in Azerbaijan can easily turn to be very important in the race for the knockout phase.
Regarding the Serie A, Roma slipped just once so far and that happened in the second round when it lost at home to Inter 3-1, but it won four remaining matches. Their away match with Sampdoria was postponed due to bad weather so at the moment they have played one match fewer than most of Serie A teams and have six points less than leading Napoli and Juventus. Regarding problems with absences, due to injuries currently are out of action defenders Karsdorp, Emerson and Moreno, and forwards Schick, Defrel and Perotti.
Probable lineups AS Roma: Alisson – Peres, Manolas, Fazio, Kolarov – Nainggolan, de Rossi, Strootman – Florenzi, Dzeko, El Shaarawy
AC Milan – AS Roma PICK
Although Milan has perfect score at its San Siro this season we have nevertheless decided to give advantage to the guests from Rome, given they are in much better shape than the Rossoneri recently.
Pick: Asian handicap 0 Roma
Odds: 1.98 at bet365 (down to 1.90 can be played)