Roma vs. Milan Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

24 October 2019

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Sunday 27 October

San Siro – Serie A

Roma and Milan look to move past a poor start to the season, as the two Serie A giants face off on Saturday.  The Giallorossi sit in sixth place, with just two wins from their last five, whilst the Rossoneri are in an even worse position, sixth, with just one win in the same period.

Past Meetings

Last year’s fixture saw a 1-1 draw with Krystof Piatek opening the scoring, only for Nicolo Zaniolo to equalize.

Team News

Paulo Fonseca is enduring an injury crisis at the moment, with a number of senior players out. Summer signings Henrikh Mhikitaryan, Davide Zappacosta, Nicola Kalinic and Amadou Diawar are all sidelined, whilst injuries to Bryan Cristante and Lorenzo Pellegrini mean that Zaniolo will have to move into a more central role.

Stefano Pioli has no such injury woes, although is missing long-term absentee Mattia Caldara, as well as right-back Davide Calabria. Piatek may return to the starting line-up having scored in his last match, with Ante Rebic and Rafa Leao all pushing for the central striker position.

Roma vs. Milan Preview and Predictions

Following a summer of change for Roma, an underwhelming start to the season has seen the capital club fall out of the top four. However, with just three points in it, a win against Milan this weekend could see the Giallorossi leap back above Napoli. That outcome is available at 2.15.

However, their opponents have made their own change, bringing in former Fiorentina manager Stefano Pioli in the place of Marco Giampaolo, with Milan putting in a more energetic performance last weekend. A last minute goal from Lecce ensured that ‘Il Diavolo’ didn’t secure a win under their new boss, but the signs were positive for Milan. They’re 3.45 to get Pioli’s first win, with the draw at 3.65.

The back four looked far more compact, despite conceding two, and the front line, with a front three instead of two, offered far more running in behind. The biggest improvement, however, came from attacking midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu, who had lost the support of the fans with a number of poor performances in the early season.

Roma likewise have their own impressive attacking midfielder with Nicolo Zaniolo’s impressive form one of the few bright lights in a generally poor season last year. The teenager is likely to be fielded as a number 10 on Saturday, being given even greater responsibility to create for Fonesca’s team.

The battle of the attacking midfielders could well decide who comes out on top on Saturday, with both sides evenly matched.

Recommended Bets

Over 3.5 goals scored at 2.75

Neither side has a particularly strong back line, and we could be in for a goal-fest this weekend.

Roma to score first at 1.68

The home team go into the game in the better form, and should come out of the blocks fast.

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