Roma vs AC Milan: Preview, Prediction, Team News, And Likely Lineups
Milan's form has changed since the turn of the year, even more so after the appointment of charismatic man-managing Gattuso.So, this fixture is building up to be a clash of two traditional Italian powerhouses.
The two big names of Italian football go head-to-head at Stadio Olimpico on Sunday for Round 26 of Serie A. The match is scheduled to start at 07:45 pm GMT on 25 February.
Rejuvenated Milan aim to continue their effort to climb up the league table, and this match is a real opportunity to do so. The Rossoneri are nine points behind the side from Rome and given their ambitions to play Champions League next year, Gattuso’s men can consider this league tie as a six-pointer.
The Giallorossi have regained their form in Serie A, winning last three league games with comfortable margins. However, they struggled in the first leg of Champions League Round of 16 tie against Shakhtar Donetsk, losing the game 2-1 away from home. They blew a 1-0 lead in the second period after most of the Roma players switched off in the later stages of the game.
On the other hand, Milan eased past Ludogorets to qualify for Round 16 of Europa League on Thursday. The Rossoneri was a mess under their previous manager Vincenzo Montella, as the team wasn’t able to find it’s shaping; losing games week-in-week-out.
However, Gattuso’s 4-3-3 has worked well in recent time; as the Milan side are unbeaten in their last eleven games across all competitions. Their defense has grown great under the former Milan player, and Gattuso’s men haven’t conceded a single goal in their last four games across all competitions. This is not the positive news for the Giallorossi’s Men as they have often struggled to find the back of the net.
Players To Watch
The Turkish midfielder has found his form under Di Francesco’s new 4-2-3-1 formation and has scored four goals in last three games; including a precious away goal in the 2-1 loss to Shakhtar Donetsk. The 20-year-old has successfully adapted to the team and will be hoping to add more to his recent performances.
The Italian midfielder has scored five goals under Gattuso, more than any other Milan player. After failing to score any under Montella, along with most of the other players, the 28-year-old has finally gained his form.
Head To Head
Roma won the reverse fixture of this league tie with a fair 2-0 margin on the road. Dzeko and Florenzi scored in quick succession in the second half, as the Giallorossi cruised to a comfortable win.
The Rossoneri have much improved ever since then, and Di Francesco’s men know this is not the right time they would like to face the Milan-based side.
Looking at the recent results, Milan have a torrid record against the Lupi in Serie A. On the road, the Rossoneri have won just one of their last twelve away matches against Roma in Serie A (D6 L5).
Eusebio Di Francesco will be without Maxime Gonalons, Rick Karsdorp and Jonathan Silva. While on the other hand, Andrea Conti and Marco Storari are still sidelined with injuries and won’t be available.
Nikola Kalinic played some minutes in the 1-0 win over Ludogorets on Thursday.
Roma vs AC Milan Line Up (Predicted XI)
Roma Line Up (4-2-3-1)
Florenzi (RB), Manolas (RCB), Fazio (LCB), Kolarov (LB)
Strootman (CM), Pellegrini (CM)
Under (RW) Nainggolan (CAM), Perotti (LW)
AC Milan Line Up (4-3-3)
Calabria (RB), Bonucci (RCB), Romagnoli (LCB), Rodriguez (LB)
Bonaventura (RCM), Biglia (CDM), Kessie (LCM)
Roma vs AC Milan Prediction
If this fixture was played in November, Roma would have been the clear favorites. But for now, Milan’s form has changed since the turn of the year, even more so after the appointment of charismatic man-managing Gattuso. Hence, this fixture is building up to be a clash of two traditional Italian powerhouses.
These three points can be crucial for both the teams, and we can expect a nail-biting encounter when these sides meet on Sunday.
Match Prediction: A 2-1 away win to Milan