Roma and AC Milan, who have the same number of points and goal difference in the Serie A standings, will meet at the Stadio Olimpico, on Saturday. Both teams require points to boost their chances of qualifying for the Champions League. Roma had lost to Atalanta in their previous game, allowing AC Milan to catch up with them in the standings.
Despite winning consecutive matches and advancing in Europe, Roma’s defeat against Atalanta has allowed one of their close competitors to re-enter the top-four race in Serie A.
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Roma-AC Milan match preview
With a spot in the Europa League semi-finals secured by defeating Feyenoord in the first leg, Roma has a lot at stake in the coming weeks. Their home performances will be critical. They have kept seven clean sheets in eight home matches in the 2023 season. This is the best record among Europe’s top five leagues.
Moreover, they have won their last two Serie A games at Stadio Olimpico against Sampdoria and Udinese, both with a 3-0 scoreline.
However, Roma’s recent record against Milan is not encouraging. They have lost four of their last six league encounters with them and winning none. Although Roma snatched a draw against Milan in the reverse fixture in January, conceding two goals in the final minutes of the game, Milan has been the dominant team in this clash of Calcio giants in recent years.
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They have won their last two away games against Roma and are eyeing a third straight win in Rome for the first time since 1990.
Roma possible starting lineup:
Patricio; Mancini, Kumbulla, Ibanez; Zalewski, Cristante, Matic, Spinazzola; Pellegrini, El Shaarawy; Abraham
AC Milan possible starting lineup:
Maignan; Calabria, Kjaer, Tomori, Hernandez; Tonali, Krunic; Diaz, Bennacer, Leao; Giroud
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Roma-AC Milan prediction
Despite having a strong squad, AC Milan has not found their rhythm in the domestic league yet. However, Rafael Leao has been performing well this season and will aim to make an impact in the upcoming match.
Under the guidance of Jose Mourinho, AS Roma has shown significant progress this season and can be a formidable team. As things stand, both teams seem to be equally matched and may end up settling for a draw in their upcoming match.
Prediction: Roma 1-1 AC Milan
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Date, kick-off time, venue
The match between Roma and AC Milan will be played at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on April 29. The on-field action will kick off at 9:30 pm (IST).