It’s a Serie A clash of the big guns on Sunday night when Milan visit the capital to take on fellow European hopefuls Roma.
The hosts currently sit in third place after three league wins on the trot while the Rossoneri have leapt in to seventh and have been transformed under Gennaro Gattuso’s stewardship.
Where and when: Stadio Olimpico – 25 February, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Roma vs. Milan: BT Sport, William Hill live streaming
Last time: Second-half goals from Edin Dzeko and Alessandro Florenzi sealed the points for Roma when the sides met at San Siro in October.
Roma v Milan Predictions and Preview
Milan looked down and out before the New Year but have won seven of their last ten matches in all competitions and are still in contention for honours on both the home and European front.
Domestically, the Rossoneri have dragged themselves to within eight points of the prized Champions League positions and are now in real contention with 13 games still to play. While bitter rivals Inter are on a downward trajectory, the red side are only looking up, and Gattuso deserves immense credit for this unlikely resurgence.
Milan now look like a team and not just a group of star studded individuals who appeared worryingly disjointed under predecessor Vincenzo Montella. The starting eleven is benefitting from being a settled side and from front to back, are impressing. Captain Leonardo Bonucci, who by his own admission, was under par at the beginning of the campaign, is now performing to the high standard we regularly saw at Juventus.
Further forward, Jack Bonaventura continues to flourish and deserves to be included in interim Italy Coach Gigi Di Biagio’s squad for the friendlies next month. The midfielder is 9/1 to register first this weekend while the Rossoneri are 3/1 to continue their fine form.
Home team Roma lost the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 and Coach Eusebio Di Francesco will expect an immediate response from his players.
Turkish talent Cengiz Under was exempt from the scathing criticism and has really dragged the Lupi over the line in recent weeks with five goals from four appearances. Under has shone while Dzeko has struggled but the Bosnian enjoys playing against Milan and has three strikes to his name from the last two showdowns.
The Giallorossi are surprisingly the clear favourites at 5/6 to take another step closer to a place in Europe’s premier competition next term.
One to watch for Roma: Under can’t stop scoring and it will be a fascinating battle against marauding full-back Ricardo Rodriguez. The wideman is 5/1 to net first.
One to watch for Milan: Patrick Cutrone has struck 11 times this season and Milan look far more fluid when he is in the side. The Italian youngster is 13/1 to get on the scoresheet any time during the 90.
Long shot: Goals and drama are expected if history is anything to go by. There have been a spate of red cards over the last decade in a battle between two clubs with similar aspirations. A thoroughly entertaining 3-3 classic is priced at 50/1 and would extend the Rossoneri’s unbeaten run in the process.