Title hopefuls Milan meet Roma in the pick of the weekend Serie A fixtures. The Rossoneri went unbeaten for the first 15 matches of the calendar but have lost four of the last eight and top spot in the process. Elsewhere, the Giallorossi face stiff competition from Atalanta, Lazio and Napoli for the final Champions League berth.
Where and when: Stadio Olimpico, Rome – 28 February, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Roma vs. Milan: Premier Sports 1
Last time: The sides played out a six-goal thriller on Matchday 5.
Roma v Milan Predictions and Preview
Paulo Fonseca will be without first choice centre-halves Chris Smalling and Roger Ibanez but could be boosted by the return of Marash Kumbulla. Out of favour Federico Fazio and full-back by trade Leonardo Spinazzola filled in at Benevento and Roma’s injury issues are finally beginning to ease with Bryan Cristante also available again.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Milan to win 2-1||10/1||Offer|
|Draw and both teams to score||3/1||Offer|
|Over 4.5 goals||7/2||Offer|
Edin Dzeko is back in the first-team setup after his well-publicised fallout with Fonseca. The hotshot and his manager have agreed to put their issues behind them and focus on finishing as high as possible domestically and clinch Europa League glory.
Dzeko is 5/1 to open proceedings and deputy Borja Mayoral is 6/5 to strike anytime. The Spaniard is on loan from Real Madrid but the move is likely to be made permanent after a series of polished displays. Mayoral has given a glimpse in to a post-Dzeko future and has led the line admirably with Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Pedro and Lorenzo Pellegrini in support.
Ex-Arsenal and Manchester United misfit Mkhitaryan has shone in Italy and has laid off nine assists for his team-mates in addition to the 10 efforts he has registered in 2020-21. The playmaker is 6/4 to bag anytime and Roma are 11/8 to emerge triumphant.
Travelling party Milan will hope to bounce back from their derby disappointment at the first opportunity. The Rossoneri’s objective for the season was to return to Europe’s premier competition but they found themselves leading the standings right up until mid-February and Stefano Pioli will be determined to push Antonio Conte all the way for the championship.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been out of sorts by his very high standards, but has still struck 14 in Italy’s top flight from just 13 games. The veteran is 7/2 to break the deadlock, while Hakan Calhanoglu and Ante Rebic are 9/4 and 13/8, respectively, to score anytime and Rafael Leao is 7/1 to claim the final effort. Milan are 15/8 to come away with the spoils and a stalemate is 12/5.
One to watch for Roma: The Giallorossi are desperate to tie Jordan Veretout down to a new deal after the Frenchman’s stunning form this campaign. The midfielder has hit double figures for the first time in his career and is 12/5 to notch anytime.
One to watch for Milan: Theo Hernandez has contributed five goals and six assists from full-back and is one of the first names on Pioli’s team sheet. The former Real Madrid ace is a mightily attractive 7/1 in the same market.
Long shot: Only Atalanta and Inter have outscored Roma and the capital club are no longer solely reliant on Dzeko. The deposed skipper has been the chief attacking threat since arriving from Manchester City but Mkhitaryan, Mayoral, Pedro, Veretout and Pellegrini have all stepped up to ease the burden. A repeat of the result in Milan is 45/1.