Although Juventus are by far the biggest candidate for winning the Serie A title, both AC Milan and AS Roma might be dark horses of the season. Both sides have decent squads, which is what promises a good match on Friday evening. Another reason why we’re bound to see lots of excitement at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Milano is that these two teams have always been big rivals. And if you’re planning to put some money of this game, make sure to read this AC Milan vs AS Roma match preview first!
Rossoneri spent more than 100 million Euro on transfers this summer. They signed a bunch of super-talented players in all areas of the pitch. Still, the biggest news of the summer wasn’t a transfer they made, but a loan deal. I’m talking about the loan of Gonzalo Higuain who came from Juventus, where it’s a bit crowdy in the attack now that Ronaldo has joined.
With those new players in the team, AC Milan now look pretty tough. They did lose to Napoli in their first match of the season, but they did manage to score twice. In fact, the score at the half time was 2:0, but then Don Carlo’s boys destroyed Milan in the second 45.
Although not many people expected such a comeback, Napoli were the favorites before the match. The thing is that Napoli have always been great at their own turn, while Milan aren’t famous as a great away team. That said, it’s guaranteed that they’re gonna perform much better now that they’re playing in front of their own crowd.
But, will it be enough to beat AS Roma? In the last three times these two played in Milano, the Romans were the happier side. In fact, they beat AC Milan on four occasions this decade at the Giuseppe Meazza, losing only twice and playing draw the same number of times.
Not only do AS Roma have a great history with AC Milan at Giuseppe Meazza, but they’re known as a very tough nut to crack when they’re playing away from home. Actually, in the season 2017/2018, Roma lost only one away game. In comparison, they lost 6 at their stadium.
Their great away form continued this season – AS Roma beat Torino in the opening round. The score was 1:0 thanks to an 89th minute goal by Dzeko. But, what matters are the points, not the time when they’re won.
And a similar thing happened on Monday, when Roma managed to get a point after losing to Atalanta 3:1 at the half time. That said, Roma would probably be satisfied with one point in the clash with AC Milan. They don’t need to win that game at any cost; a draw would suit them fine. And this team knows how to defend. You might remember how they resisted Barca’s attacks in the Champions League quarter-final last season.
They don’t have Alisson between the stands anymore, but his replacement Olsen seems like a pretty decent keeper, despite allowing 3 goals against Atalanta. This season Roma also have Davide Santon in the team, who’s joined from Inter this summer. Ivan Marcano also joined from Porto, while strong defensive midfielder N’Zonzi came from Sevilla.
- Andrea Conti (injury)
- Ivan Strinic (illness)
Diego Perotti (injury)
Donnarumma – Musacchio, Romagnoli, Calabria, Rodriguez – Biglia, Kessie, Bonaventura, Suso – Borini, Higuain
Olsen – Manolas, Fazio, Florenzi, Kolarov – N’Zonzi, De Rossi, Pastore, Pellegrini – Under, Dzeko
AC Milan vs AS Roma Match Prediction
This is going to be a close game. Both teams have excellent players, so anything can happen. The thing is that we’re probably see Roma defending most of the time and look for their goal chances from counterattacks and set-pieces. And I think they’ll will turn some of those chances into goals. That said, my advice is to put your money on a high number of goals.
AC Milan vs AS Roma Betting Tips
- BTS @1.61 (bet365)
- Over 2.5 Goals @1.85 (1XBet)