Last season’s third-placed side travel to the team who finished sixth, as Roma visit AC Milan at the San Siro on Friday night. Both teams were involved in entertaining games at the weekend – will this one be just as lively?
Where and when: San Siro – 31 August, kick-off 19:30
Where you can see Milan vs. Roma: Eleven Sports, William Hill live streaming
Last time: Milan won 2-0 at the Stadio Olimpico in February, mirroring the result Roma got as the away side in this fixture last term.
Milan v Roma Predictions and Preview
AC Milan began their campaign with a defeat this weekend, while Roma’s draw in their second match came courtesy of a late equaliser. Both sides clearly have weaknesses at the back, which could mean we’re in for some goals on Friday night.
Milan’s 3-2 loss at Napoli was all the more disappointing as Gennaro Gattuso’s put themselves 2-0 up five minutes into the second half. Piotr Zielinski pulled one back soon after though, and the Rossoneri wilted thereafter.
Gonzalo Higuain was starved of chances against his former club, with Gattuso saying: ‘We didn’t feed him, he didn’t have chances to score.’ Milan need to improve the service to their main man up top, and they’ll surely work on that out on the training pitches this week.
|The score draw||3/1||Offer|
|Roma to win 4-1||80/1||Offer|
|Over 2.5 goals||4/5||Offer|
Roma meanwhile followed up their opening day win at Torino with a 3-3 draw at home to Atalanta, with Kostas Manolas rescuing a point for the Giallorossi eight minutes from time. Eusebio Di Francesco will be concerned that his team conceded three times in 20 first-half minutes, after Javier Pastore had given his team the lead in the opening exchanges.
Despite that, Roma are usually solid at the back, with the second-best defensive record in Italy’s top flight last term. The Giallorossi have kept a clean sheet in their last five Serie A away games, and have won eight of their last 10 on the road. Thirteen of their last 15 away games have seen under 2.5 goals, but Friday’s encounter looks set to buck that trend.
An over 2.5 goals bet is 4/5, while over 3.5 goals is 2/1. Milan have only lost once in their last 10 home games, and are 6/4 favourites in the outright market. Roma aren’t far behind though at 2/1, with the draw at 5/2. Defenders Andrea Conti and Ivan Strinic won’t be able to help the home defence in their bid to tighten up, while Diego Perotti is a doubt for the visitors with a sprained ankle.
One to watch for Milan: Gonzalo Higuain registered his lowest Serie A goal return last season – 16 strikes was his lowest total since his debut season in Italy with Napoli in 2013/14. Milan need to improve their supply lines to the Argentinian if they don’t want this tally to decrease further.
One to watch for Roma: Javier Pastore arrived in Rome for a fee of around €25m this summer. He’s not a prolific goalscorer, but Eusebio Di Francesco will hope the Argentine can ease some of the burden placed on Edin Dzeko, and he’s started well enough with one in two so far.
Long shot: Roma beat Milan 4-1 at the San Siro 15 months ago, with Dzeko bagging the first two goals of the game that day. Gattuso’s side look capable of shipping that amount of goals right now, and the Giallorossi are 80/1 to win by the same scoreline on Friday night.