Early pacesetters Milan welcome Roma to the San Siro on Monday night, in what could be a cracking Serie A encounter. Only four points separated the sides last season, with the Rossoneri looking to overturn their deficit to the Giallorossi this time round.
Where and when: San Siro – 26 October, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Milan vs. Roma: Premier Sports, LiveScore app
Last time: Milan produced a late show to beat Roma 2-0 at the San Siro in June, with Ante Rebic putting the hosts in front with less than 15 minutes remaining, before Hakan Calhanoglu sealed the victory with a penalty a minute from time.
Milan v Roma Predictions and Preview
Both teams may have their preparations hampered by Thursday’s Europa League commitments, but the two managers still have a decent amount of time to get ready for this huge clash, with it being on Monday. It’s another test of Milan’s credentials after a flying start, although Roma should prove stern opposition.
The Rossoneri secured a massive 2-1 victory over local rivals Inter in the Milan derby last weekend, with a Zlatan Ibrahimovic brace taking Stefano Pioli’s side to four wins out of four at the start of the new campaign. Also seeing off Bologna, Crotone and Spezia while juggling their Europa League qualifying campaign bodes well for the team who finished sixth last season.
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Milan to win 2-0
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Roma were one place above in fifth, but they’ve started the new campaign with only two wins from their opening four Serie A fixtures, losing one Verona. The Giallorossi did get a 2-2 draw against champions Juventus though, while they thrashed Benevento 5-2 last weekend to continue their momentum.
Paulo Fonseca won’t have Chris Smalling or Nicolo Zaniolo available for this game though due to injury, while Amadou Diawara and Riccardo Calafiori are absent due to Covid-19. Javier Pastore, meanwhile, is a further doubt for the away team. Milan could welcome back Ante Rebic for this game, although Matteo Gabbia and Mateo Musacchio are also doubts.
Both teams won their home fixtures against the other last season, while Milan were unbeaten in three before that, winning two home and away. The Rossoneri have made an excellent start to this season and are the 5/4 favourites for the win. The visitors are 11/5 in your Milan v Roma predictions, while the draw on Monday is priced at 11/4.
One to watch for Milan: Zlatan Ibrahimovic is defying the ageing process, with his double against former club Inter the latest example in a long list of superb performances for the 39-year-old. He is the 15/4 favourite to open the scoring in this one.
One to watch for Roma: Edin Dzeko broke the deadlock as Roma beat Milan 2-1 at the Stadio Olimpico last season. The Bosnian striker is available at 11/2 for the first goal, having netted two goals in three Serie A appearances so far this term.
Long shot: Milan beat Roma 2-0 at the San Siro last season, while the Rossoneri also netted twice in their last Serie A match against Inter. The hosts are 14/1 to win this game 2-0, rising to 53/1 if you add Ibrahimovic as the first scorer. The same result with the Swede getting both goals is 206/1.